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• HARVARD UNIVERSITY
AARVARD COLLES
"LEGGRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

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Vol. VI.

JANUARY, 1864.

No. I.

LETTERS TO HIS TEACHERS;
BY A SUPERINTENDENT.

No. 6.
Mr. B: I do not address this letter to you so much for
your own benefit as for the instruction and encourage-
ment of others of less experience who may chance to read
it. You have seen too much service to be much benefitted
by the instructions even of an older brother in the pro-
fession; you have become too familiar with approbation
to be affected by my praise. I have known you by rep-
utation for many years, and more recently in my official
capacity, I have seen you in the school room; have heard
you speak of the means and methods in school keeping
and have witnessed your zeal and earnestness in your
great work. And the first thing I will notice in passing,
is the fact that you have gained the unbounded confidence
of your pupils. They evidently believe in you, trust you,
imitate you and follow you. This is not only an import-
ant point gained as a means of success, but it is a solemn
fact, as it measures the extent of your responsibility.
How exalted the character and pure the life and exam-
ple of that Teacher who can be safely imitated. How
free from faults you should be if your habits, thoughts and
feelings are to be engrafted upon your pupils. But as an
item in school management, by gaining the confidence of
your pupils, you have gained their parents also. They know

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