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INTELLECTUAL CULTURE.                        339
for children with less regard to comfort of posi­tion than it' they were mere animals? For the sheepfold and the cow-house, sheltered situations arc carefully selected; but a bleak hill-top. swept by the winter blast, or a sandy plain, scorched by the dog-day sun. will do for a school-house, especially if it is so useless for every thing else as to be given gratis to the dis­trict.^
': Air. .Mann, in his Report on School-houses, alluding to the jarring interests between different parts of the school district in selecting a place for the school-house, remarks as follows :
" It has been often objected to the people of our state that they insist upon having the school-house in the geographical centre of the district. And. other things being equal, surely it ought to be in the centre. But the house is erected for the children, and not for the acres; and the inconvenience of going fifty or even i ighty rods farther is not to be compared with the hem lit of spending a whole day in a healthful, comfortable, pleasing spot, me full of salutary influences upon the feelings and temper. Plai e a school-house in a bleak and unsheltered situation, and the difficulty of attaining and preserving a proper degree of warmth is much in­creased : put it upon a sandy plain, without shade or shelter from the sun, and the whole school is subjected to the evils of heat and dust; plant it in low marshy grounds, and it exposes to colds or to more permanent diseases of the lungs, and impairs habits of cleanliness both in dress and person; make one side of it the boundary of n public road, and the persons of the children are en­dangered by the travel when out, and their attention when in called off the lesson by every passer by; place it on a little rem­nant or delta of land, where roads encircle it on all sides, withoul any place of seclusion from the public gaze, and the modesty of nature will be overlaid with habits of indecorum; and a want of decency enforced upon boys and girls will become physical and
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