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

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134 Old-time Schools and School-books
capable and aspiring youth can make a very slender educational foundation serve to give an opportunity for great development. In most of the old district schools little was imparted beyond a few bare rudi­ments, the teachers were often ignorant, and some­times brutal, the methods mechanical and dreary. Notable men have come from " the little red school-houses,,, but this was because of their own native energy and thrifty acquisitiveness, and was not due to any superlative virtues of the schools themselves.
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