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trict schools, The boy came home delighted, telling his mother that he liked it very much, for he was allowed to scratch and pull hair as much as he pleased !
In the third place, the district school should be the auxiliary of the fireside. The parent and the schoolmaster should go hand in hand. Every teacher of these schools should be acquainted with all the parents of his scholars. They should confer together and act together. There should be mutual confidence, mutual aid, and hearty co-operation. It is the imperious duty of every parent to take a deep interest in the school where his children are taught. It is his duty to watch over their progress, to counsel the teacher, to support, not thwart, him in his arduous labors. It is one of the great points of advantage in the common school over all others, that children may live with their parents, and be under their watchful guidance, while receiving their education. But parents may neglect this advantage, and thus one of the peculiar benefits of the institution itself, may be thrown away.
In endeavoring to determine what studies
may be introduced into a district school, we
must first consider the state of things around
us. Here, society has advanced to a high pitch