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    William Henry Venable
Excerpt from book: III FUNCTIONS OF THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL The preparatory school, because it is preparatory, holds a position of peculiar trust among educational institutions. No one loses the impress made upon him, the impulse given him, by the first schooling he receives. What is the main purpose of education ? What the essential duty of the teacher ?—To develop mind, brain power, mental and moral force. This development is effected not merely by accumulating knowledge, as one puts gold in bank, but also by training the powers of thought and feeling, by arousing the faculties to original action and conscious achievement. The subjects taught are of a value proportioned to their good effect on the mind. Lessons, like food, are taken for their nourishing quality. They must enter into the intellectual circulation. Not the studies, but the study educates. 'Tis labor lost to store facts in the brain if they serve no other use than when in books. Your pupil is fitted for college when he knows how to answer the entrance examination questions, and,besides this, knows how to think, how to listen, how to learn, how to co-operate with books and teachers, and how, in some degree, to direct his own course. For, as Ouintilian says, " Why do we teach pupils but that they may not always require to be taught ?" Much is it desired that some plan be devised by which competitive examinations shall test the powers as well as the possessions of the mind. None know better than college professors how important it is that the freshmen start with right habits, motives, and aspirations. Some educators make a strange distinction between fitting for college and fitting for life, as if one fitting were incompatible with the other. Better not fit for college at all if that fitting unfits for life, present o...  
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  • William Henry Venable
  • General Books LLC
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