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Teaching The Young Idea

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Suppose you are a primary teacher, j Do yon realize what you must put into your work if yon wish to succeed? You must be teacher, mother and nurse to your little charges. You must work with them during hours and for them after school. Yon must be ready to catch an idea anywhere and adapt it to the needsof a particular pupil who may be dull, indifferent or disheartcncd, or even all three, poor little chap! You must be untiring in your vigilanco over their moráis and set them always a good example in manners by being eourteous, even if they break yonr umbrella or spil! ink all over your best gown. Ii )-ou are a boys' teacher, you must be ready at any moment to dress a cut, piek out a splinter, arbítrate in a fight or give a decisión on the merite of racers or the ownership of marbles, fishhooks and malodorons bottles of buit. If you can 't meet these emergencies, the av rage small boy will hold you in centempt. If you want to win his love, yon must know soroetMng about the constructiou of kites, be iuterested in the "oneriest lookin" dogthat ever invaded a schoolroom and not be too finicky about when he waahed his hands last if a pupil should offer you candy. If you can do all these things and laugh about them aftërward, you will probably stand high in favor. But there is a more serious consideration. You must also have his respect, and this is not always so easily or pleasantly won. Great stress has been laid upon the efficacy of moral suasion, but there are times when human perversity rises to such a pitch that the most persuasive :ongue is powerless to enf orce obedience to your will. Yon may be obliged to íick up a shrieking, fightiug scrap of ïumanity and put him back repeatedly where you wish him to stay till, worn out from the strnggle, he snecumbs and ikes you all the better for having conquered him. There's nothing mean


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