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ON A NEW PLAN.
IN WHICH MENTAL ARITHMETIC IS COMBINED
WITH THE USE OF THE SLATE;
HARTFORD: DANIEL BURGESS & CO.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1235,
By Carter, Herdee, & Co. In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts. From the Jan. No. for 1828 of the JOURNAL OF EDUCATION. * A careful examination of this valuable work will show that its author hag compiled it, as all books for school use ought to be compiled, from the results of actual experiment and observation in the school-room. It is entirely a practical work, combining the merits of Colburn's system with copious practice on the slate.
“Two circumstances enhance very much the value of this book. It is very comprebensive, containing twice the usual quantity of matter in works of this class; while, by judicious attention to arrangement and printing, it is rendered, perhaps, the cheapest book in this department of education. The brief system of Book-keeping, attached to iho Arithmetic, will be a valuable aid to more complete instruction in common schools, to which the work is, in other respects, so peculiarly adapted.
" There are several ver" valuable reculiarities in this work, for which we cannot, in a notice to sufficient space. We would recommend a careful examination of b ook to all teachers who are desirous of combining good thoory with copious and rigid practice."
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From the Report of the School-COMMITTEE OF PROVIDENCE.
« The books at present used in the schools are, in the opinion of your Committee, altogother above the range of thought of the pupils. Works of a nar. rative character would be better understood, would be more interesting, and would, of course, teach the pupil to read with more taste and judgment. The boy who pores, in utter disgust, over the book which he reads in schools, will hasten homo to read with avidity his story-book. The true wisdom would then he, to introduce the story-book into school, and thus render his place of edncation the place of his amusement.
- Nevertheless, as this subject is one in which time and judgment are neces sary for a sclection, and as a change of this sort, through all the schools, would be productive of considerable additional expense, your Committee would vecommend that no change, at present, be made in books, excúpting only the Arithmetic. If a school, by way of experiment, be established on the monito rial plan, various school-books can be tried there, and, after a fair opportunity of testing the merits of several, those can be selected which seem best adapted to accomplish the purposes of education. Your Committee are, however, of opinion, that it would be cxpedient to introduce the system of Arithmetic published by Mr. Smith subsequently adopted into all the Public Grammar Schools; and, also, that all the scholars in arithmetic be taught by classes, and not individually, 15 is now the prevalent mode.”
The above Report was signed by the following named gentlemen:-
Dated April 24, 1828.
This work is recommended by the State Commissioners of Vermont to be adopled throughoirt that state. It is likewise introduced into the public and private schools of Hartford, Conn., by the concurrence both of comınittees and teachers, and in Eike manner in various other places.