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EDITED BY WILLIAM A. ALCOTT, AUTHOR OF THE YOUNG MAN'S GUIDE," (THE HOUSE I LIVE IN,' • THE YOUNG MOTHER,' &o.

AND EDITOR OF THE LIBRARY OF HEALTH."

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CONTENT S.
EDUCATION OF THE TONGUE. Teaching Lying to the young-Ways in which Lying

js taught-Mrs Opie's Practical Lying-Lýing Laught in Schools—“ Lying to cure
Lying,"

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PREPARATORY STUDY OF HISTORY. Early Education of Dr Dwight-First Lesson
in Studying History-History of the United States-History of other countries,

130 SOWING THE SEEDS OF CHARACTER. No. II. Natural Tendencies of Children

Abuse of these Tendencies—The True Ends of Education-Effects of Parental Example
-Family Anecdotes,

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STOWE, ON EDUCATION IN EUROPE. Report on Public Instruction-Moral and Religious
| Instruction-Rewards, Emulation, Discipline, &c.—Male and Female Teachers-Value
of the Pestalozzian System-Character of Teachers-How to obtain Teachers,

112 Boston PRIMARY SCHools. Defects of the Boston Primary Schools--Report of Messrs

Woodbridge and Fisher-Statements of Dr Perry-School in Boylston Square-Another
Bad School Room-A City School Missionary-Defects of the System of Instruction-
True Nature and Character of a School,

119 PRACTICAL LESSONS IN PHYSIOLOGY. Circulation of the Blood-The Process of circu

lation explained-Beating of the l'ulse explained-Plan for Purifying the Blood-Won-
ders of the Circulation,

127 INFLUENCE OF COLLEOES ON COMMON Schools. President Lindsley on Common Schools-How to obtain American Teachers,

132 CONFEssions of a SCHOOLMASTER, No. VIII. Mistakes in Selecting School Books, Variety of Books necessary,

134 MISCELLANY. Common Schools in Ohio— The Massachusetts Schools Convention on

Education, at Detroit-Speech Making Conventions-Education Meeting at Lexington-
Common School Convention at Cleveland—The Expense or Ignorance-Boston Asylum
and Farm School-Male and Female Teachers-New York Common Schools— Meeting
at Columbus, Ohio,

136 NOTICES OF BOOKS.

143 MU81C.—How happy when Innocence wings the bright hour.'

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RECENT NOTICES OF THE ANNALS OF EDUCATION.
From the Michigan Observer.

assistant of the editor from the commencement of the American Annals of Education. We have receis. Annals; and that he has written some of its most ed the first No. of the eighth volume of this interest valuable articles. ing and useful periodical, published at Boston, and edited by Wm. A. Alcott, author of " The Young

From the Providence Journal. Man's Guide," “ The Young Mother," &c.-We With the Annals in the hands of teachers, Comhesitate pot to commend it to the patronage of the mittee Men, and others interested in the advancefriends of education in the West, as a work of the ment of literature and science, an incalculable afirst order.

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value. From the Portland Transcript.

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From a Teacher, Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 1st. 1838. ken in every family.

Wm. A. Alcott - Dear Sir: I consider the “ An

nals” invaluable in the cause of Education, and canFrom the New Hampshire Obscreer.

not endure the thought of its discontinuance. Let This work might very profitably be circulated every subscriber for. 1833 send you five-dollars and among those who desire to receive aid on the subject | thus procure one copy for himself, and one for circu. of family, school, and infant school education.

lation - he will thus promote the dissemination of

correct principles and secure the continuance of one From the (Philadelphia) Episcopal Recorder. of the most valuable periodicals in the country. I send Annals of Education. — All interested in the sub- you five dollars. You will please send me two copies ject of education, including parents who can afford for 1838. the expense of three dollars per annum, should avail

Yours, &c. themselves of its instructions.

From Prof. Mc'GUFFEY, of Ohio. From the Sunday School Journal, for 1837. A Teacher in the West thus writes. Ata ConvenThe new volume of the American Annals of Edu- tion of Teachers. not long since, a resolution was of: cation and Instruction, appears under the editorial sered recommending the" Annals” to the attention care of Dr William A. Alcoli, of Boston. Its read- of Teachers, &c. It was said by Prof. McGuffey ers will be glad that it has fallen into the hands of a and others, in supporting the resolution, that they gentleman of whom Mr Woodbridge speaks, “as would not be deprived of the knowledge and adran well known to the public as the author of several lage they had derived from a perusal of the Annals, works which exhibit

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'The tongue can no man tame,' says a writer of high authority ; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.' And again, 'it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature.' And another of the same class of writers observes, I said in my haste all men are liars.'

Now this testimony in regard to the tongue, as it was two or three thousand years ago, under the mode of training then in vogue, and as it still is in the nineteenth century, notwithstanding all our talk about improvements in education, must, and does mean something. The tongue is an unruly evil ;' and if we ought not to say that no man·cun tame' it, we have at least too much reason to believe with St. James, that it never yet 'hath been tamed.'

We mean not to say in our deliberation, what David said in haste—that all men are liars--at least, we do not say they are intentionally and maliciously so. We hope better things; we believe better things. But we need not a Mrs Opie to tell usat least if we have our eyes open to what is going on around us —that lying, in some one or more of its various forms, and in a higher or lower degree, is, even in the best society, almost universal.

We have headed our article, Education of the Tongue. But with the foregoing preamble, and the illustrations which follow, every one will discover our meaning. It is no part of our object to treat, at present, of that part of the education of this little member, which pertains to the earlier and later management

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Teaching Lying to the Young. of the voice and speech, however important a figure it makes in accomplishing these results. We have fulfilled that part of our task in our volume of last year, at page 171. Our present business is, in short, with the vice of lying.

This vice is, indeed, acquired by the individual long before he can use the tongue ; and in various ways, too, which do not necessarily involve the use of the tongue in others. There are lies told to children, by hundreds and thousands, long before they can speak; and often without our speaking to them. We may

lie by our looks and our actions, as well as by our words. And some little children, long before they can speak, acquire the habit of acting out falsehoods.

He who has thought much on this subject, needs none of our illustrations ; nor even those of Mrs Opie. But as some, in this busy age, and especially in our own busy cominunity, may not have time to think, at least they believe so, it may be well to present a few plain examples of the evils to which we refer.

How often, before the infant is a year old, do parents—the best of parents—indulge it in certain things, when they theinselves are good-natured, or, when it is perfectly convenient to them, and yet deny him those indulgences under circumstances which, for aught the child can discover, are the very same, their own convenience alone excepted !

We are at table, drinking our tea for example; the child, from sympathy or imitation, or both, manifests a disposition to taste with us, and is indulged. Perhaps the indulgence is repeated, again and again. But soon we take it into our heads, or somebody gives us the hint that tea is bad for children ; and it is prohibited. The child pleads, but no; he must not have it. We tell him it is injurious, and succeed in making him understand our meaning. But the good-natured, indulgent fit again returns, and, the monitor being forgotten, the child again has the tea. But the cloud returns at length, or we are too busy for indulgence, and with it the prohibition—to him perfectly arbitrary, were it not for the significant shrugs, scowls, or shakes of the head-assuring him that it is bad for him. How long does it take a child to learn that we are governed, in the whole matter, not by a regard to his good, but solely by our own feelings at the time? If he had doubts on the subject, they would be dissipated by seeing us drink so freely, what we deny him. Young as he is, he is old enough not only to discover our inconsistency-nay, our falsehoods—but also to make the natural and often rational inference, that what affords us so much gratification, cannot be very pernicious to him.

Nearly related to this, are scores of prohibitions, which as the

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