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The Best Schools

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Frotn a two column article in tue Liberal Chrintian, made up of " Hints to Parents About Schools," we extract the following : " Large schools are, as a rule, better than small ones, as large colleges are better than small ones. ïhey are better furnished, more syateinatio, less subject to whims and caprices, more governed by the best established educational principies and processes. The great things about a first rate college is that there no respect needs to be paid to local nients or individual whiras. A great collega has a Hfe of experience, and traditional and cumulative wisdom of its own. It has its own ideas of eduoation, andit oarries them out without consulting patrons or pupils. Small colleges must seek patrons, and accommodate themselves to the whiuis of parents, and then to the whiius of pupils. It is very niuoh so with great and small schools. Groat schools are independent, above dictation, discourage interference, beat down private caprices, compel all to submit to their drill. This a great advantage. But parents are prone to think that the more special the attuntion given to their own child, tt.e better the child's chances. This is a natural mistake, but a serious'one. If every soldier iu a company were drilled by himself he would not learn the soldier's business half as well as when drilled in company. It is the compulsión of the common movement that oarries each boy or girl in a class forward. Children's aculties are often blighted by too direct ttention. Indirect pressuro upon them as parties in a coinmon movement is nuch the healthiest and most effective method. A school whero the individual upils need or require much direct attenion is not a good school.


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