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SCHOLASTIC QUARTERLY REVIEW.
THE especial object of this Publication is to create a bond of Union among Schoolmasters, and to advocate their cause. To provide an accredited organ of communication for the profession, in which the principles and practice of Education shall be fairly discussed, visionary theories exposed, and the true principles of Religious, Moral, and Intellectual Training be upheld.
Hitherto, those publications, ostensibly written for the improvement of Education, have been inimical to the interests of the Schoolmaster, as if their object had been rather to bring him into contempt, than to elevate him in the public estimation; and persons of no practical information, and, consequently, utterly ignorant of the real state of Education in this country, have proceeded with reckless temerity to undermine the foundations of discipline and authority, to repudiate classical learning, and to set at nought the most wholesome studies.
There are also other reasons that plead powerfully at the present day for frequent and easy communications among Schoolmasters. The aspect of the times requires them to be unitedthe demand for improvement is universal, which makes it essential that the old-fashioned should hear of the success of modern experiments, while it is equally necessary that the new-fashioned should be held in check by the voice of experience.
THE SCHOLASTIC QUARTERLY REVIEW will, therefore, take its stand as the organ for centralizing and diffusing sound principles of Education among all engaged in the important work of human instruction; and, by an impartial analysis of Books, Systems, or Schools, present to the Schoolmaster the essential features of the educational spirit of the age; and, inasmuch as Education connects itself intimately with all human studies, this work will also bring before him a copious digest of LITERATUre, SCIENCE, and the FINE ARTS, from the transactions of Learned Societies, the reports of public bodies, or the success of private enterprize, and thus exhibit in its pages a faithful transcript of the Intellectual Progress of the Nation.
l'rofessedly conducted, so far as religion is concerned, in VOL. I.-January, 1844.
unison with the doctrines and discipline of the CHURCH OF ENGLAND, and anxious to promote, as far as possible, through her agency, the spiritual and intellectual good of every member of her community; this publication will endeavour to imitate the comprehensive charity of that Church, and while it strenuously upholds the great principles of Religious Education as the foundation of all improvement, it will afford, nevertheless, free scope and encouragement, as regards secular instruction, to all who may be desirous of aiding in the good work, and make "Faithful report" of whatever may seem calculated to advance the cause of Learning, and secure the objects for which this Publication is designed.
With these views, the Editor of THE SCHOLASTIC QUARTERLY REVIEW relies upon the support of Schoolmasters, both public and private, of every grade and of all parties. He knows that he addresses an extensive and influential body of persons, comprising a larger amount of genius, learning, and ability, than is to be found in any other class-to the good sense and proverbial acumen of schoolmasters, he therefore appeals for cordial assistance in an undertaking, which has for its especial objects, the advocacy of their cause, their defence against ignorant aspersion, their elevation in public estimation, and their professional and personal welfare.
PLAN FOR THE FOUNDATION OF AN "EDUCATIONAL
The state of the Scholastic profession in this country presents one of the strangest anomalies in the intellectual history of nations. We behold a large body of persons, in number, learning, talent, practical ability, wealth, and independence, not inferior to any other body, utterly without union, strength, or concentrated power.
How different is the case with the other learned professions! The Church exercises her high authority most nobly and effectually for the privileges of her clerical members. The lawyer has his inns of court, and a variety of machinery for protecting his interests. The physician and surgeon have each their colleges, and the latter has risen from the dignity of "barber"-the pole and the twisted stripe. The chemists have their pharmaceutical society, and are chartered and incorporated for mutual protection against the ignorant charlatan; and half the trades have their halls and companies, vested rights and civil advantages; while those whose high province it is to lay the foundations of religion, intelligence, and common honesty through the whole of the community, have neither encouragement, protection, or reward.
Yet we are said to be an intellectual nation, and look upon