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An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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20 Old-time Schools and School-books
Most of the teachers of the early Latin schools had received a college education in England, and were men of more than ordinary capacity and expe­rience. Our own Harvard, too, sent forth many graduates who found places in the schools as well as in the pulpits. The teachers were all deeply im­bued with that religious spirit which characterized
the Puritan epoch, for this was the trend of their whole training. Their college studies were the studies of a divinity school. There was some arith­metic and geometry, physics and science, but as for the rest — it was grammar, logic, and rhetoric; politics and ethics; Chaldee, Hebrew, and Syriac; biblical and catechetical divinity.
The earliest spelling-book was Coote's The Eng­lish School-Master, a thin quarto of seventy-two
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