It is like a lurid handwriting across the sky,--"Learn what man should be and do to his fellow."
Have you ever reflected how miserable you would be and what a task living would be if you had to learn to write anew every morning when you go to class; or if you had to relearn how to tie your necktie every day?
To-day Joel, one of a squad of unfortunates, was relearning the art of tackling.
In bidding him good-bye, the doctor said--"Learn to stoop, my friend; and it will save you from many a hard knock, as you go on through life."
He that th'unlearned doth teach, may quickly be More learned than they, though most unlearned he.
Mr. Horace Mann, so long the able Secretary of the Board of Education in Massachusetts, after pointing out the absurdity of worrying a child's life out, in teaching the A B C, &c., and their doubtful and often-varying sounds utterly destitute of meaning, instead of words which have distinct sounds and distinct meaning, thus winds up:--"Learning his letters, therefore, gives him no new sound; it even restricts his attention to a small number of those he already knows.
If you like to put it so, the chief object of education is not to learn things; nay, the chief object of education is to unlearn things.
The powers of unconscious memory and unlearnable technique of reaction to experience, once grooved, thus prove the great gift and the eternal curse of protoplasm.
Some by old words to fame have made pretence, Ancients in phrase, mere moderns in their sense; Such laboured nothings, in so strange a style, Amaze th' unlearn'd, and make the learned smile.
The debased and the virtuous, the foolish and the wise, the learned and the unlearned, the selfish and the unselfish receive alike the benediction of his tranquil thought.
At a late meeting of a certain corporation in Dorsetshire, for the nomination of a person to fill the office of Mayor, a sufficient number of the burgesses not being in attendance, it was intimated that an application would be made for a Mandamus, when one of "the worthy electors," being un-"learned in the law," innocently remarked, "I hope he will come, and then he'll put un all right and make un elect one."
B. T. S. * * * * * The following inscription, in a churchyard in Germany, long puzzled alike the learned and the unlearned:-- O quid tua te be bis bia abit ra ra ra es et in ram ram ram i i Mox eris quod ego nunc.
Dr. Blair happened most unlearnedly to say, "What is called splitting of particles, or separating a preposition from the noun which it governs, is always to be avoided.
He realized the perfection which sacred eloquence attained, but to which Pagan art has vainly aspired,--a charm and a wonder to both learned and unlearned,--the precursor of the Bourdaloues and Lacordaires of the Roman Catholic Church, but especially the model for "all preachers who set above all worldly wisdom those divine revelations which alone can save the world."
Hence, while they were unlearning them gradually and imperceptibly, with careful watching, they were not disturbed by the changed conditions of existence, and they were becoming different without knowing it.
It is when we come to the modern plays that we find the poet falling back upon conventional and somewhat clumsy methods of exposition, which he only by degrees, though by rapid degrees, unlearns.
But, like most of the lessons set before us in this life, I feared it would be a lesson unlearnt.
I was studying painting at that time,--learning to paint the much-admired landscapes and figure-pieces which I produce with so much ease now and dispose of with so little,--and, as a general thing, was busy, (though I had my fits of abstraction, like other men of genius, during which I did nothing but lie on my bed and smoke pipes over French novels, or join parties of pleasure into the country or within the barriers,) through the day, and often till late in the evening, in the atelier of one or another of the most renowned artists of the city.
Tyr is daring and best of mood; there is a saw that he is tyrstrong who is before other men and never yields; he is also so wise that it is said he is tyrlearned who is wise.
I had helped him occasional in the beginning,--learned him how to veer and haul a brace, let go or belay a sheet,--but let him alone generally speaking, and went about my own business.
And he gained these victories by outflanking, his attack being the form of a wedge,--learned by the example of Epaminondas,--a device which led to new tactics, and proclaimed Frederic a master of the art of war.
"Oh, I read a bit now and then," said the cowpuncher easily, "but I ain't much on booklearnin'."
This expression is increased by the hollow reverberating interior of the wood, caused by its clearness and freedom from underbrush.
Wherever I go, I search the eyes of men To find such clearness;--and it is not there.
To make an index that shall combine completeness, succinctness, and clearness,--how much intelligence this demands is proved by the number of failures.
"Since I do not understand the meaning of the word love with very great clearness,--I think Monsieur has expressed the doubt that I do understand it--I would not have known where to pin the flower.
The transverse dimensions of our engravings have been considerably augmented for the sake of clearness.--Mech.
The following quotation from an address given at the Industrial Remuneration Congress in 1886, puts the case with admirable clearness--"The citizens of England are too intelligent to contend against such cheapening of production, as they know the result has been beneficial to mankind; but many of them think it is a hardship and injustice which deserves more attention that those whose skilled labour is often superseded by machinery, should have to bear all the loss and poverty through their means to earn a living being taken away from them.
Meanwhile the tea-table had been silently gathering on its snowy plateau the delicate china, the golden butter, the loaf of faultless cake, a plate of crullers or wonders, as a sort of sweet fried cake was commonly called,--tea-rusks, light as a puff, and shining on top with a varnish of egg,--jellies of apple and quince quivering in amber clearness,--whitest and purest honey in the comb,--in short, everything that could go to the getting-up of a most faultless tea.
The Arcadian heavy-armed troop, of which Clearnor the Orchomenian was captain, followed them.
Greece has a future, and I would say, if I might be permitted, to Greece, what I would say to an individual who has a future--'Learn to be patient.'
"And suppose I did--'learn' you," he sneered, "what would you do with it?"
Masses of peasants, hearing vague news of emancipation,--learning, doubtless, from their masters' own spiteful lips that the Emperor is endeavoring to tear away property in serfs,--take the masters at their word, and determine to help the Emperor.
Then remembering that these womanly attributes were a bride's best dowry, Laura gave herself to their attainment, that she might become to another household the blessing Nan had been to her own; and turning from the worship of the goddess Beauty, she gave her hand to that humbler and more human teacher, Duty,--learning her lessons with a willing heart, for Philip's sake.
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CONTENTS CHAPTER I.--Introduction II.--Religion with Letters III.--Education as a Right of Man IV.--Actual Education V.--Better Beginnings VI.--Educating the Urban Negro VII.--The Reaction VIII.--Religion without Letters IX.--Learning in Spite of Opposition X.--Educating Negroes Transplanted to Free Soil XI.--Higher Education XII.--Vocational Training XIII.--Education at Public Expense Appendix: Documents Bibliography Index The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 * * * * * CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION Brought from the African wilds to constitute the laboring class of a pioneering society in the new world, the heathen slaves had to be trained to meet the needs of their environment.
The Killearn by whose aid the young Graham had been saved was forced to flee to Ireland, but he afterwards returned to Scotland, where he and his attendants were known by the name of "Killearn Eirinich" (or Ernoch), meaning Killearn of Ireland.
Their leader, with several of his chief retainers, was afterwards beheaded at Stirling, and an assessment was imposed on the Killearns for behoof of the wives and children of the Grahams who had perished by their hands.
After enjoining to her the observance of all public duties, and the cultivation of all domestic virtues, Britannia is made to sum up the whole sermon in this emphatic precept-- Look to thy Sire, and in his steady way --learn thou to tread.
Well, after you've been in this fag-end of the universe for a month or so you'll learn--" Howland interrupted him sharply.
Now, while reflecting on the past, My day of life seems closing in, Let me, while powers of reason last, "Enquire Within," Oh, ye--who gentle are and fair-- Who to these modest pages turn, To raise a smile, to soothe a care, Or some moot point of duty learn,-- Forget not this: that whilst you live, Your hearts may yield to pride or sin, Take, then, the warning here I give,-- "Enquire Within."
For example, on a morning when there had been hasty words at breakfast, arising from circumstances immaterial to this narrative, she might be made to learn:-- "That I did not see Frances just now I am glad, For Winifred says she looked sullen and sad.
When the lesson comes, if it does come, I suppose it will come in some learnable shape; and till then, I must shift for myself-- and if self-dependence he a punishable sin, I shall, at all events, have plenty of company whithersoever I go.
This is what my young readers are to learn,--and not simply to learn, but to practise:--that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter in what clime or country we may have been born, or with what complexion we may be clothed.
Her calm look, the dignity and strength of her composure, assured him of all he longed to learn,--assured him that their hearts, even as their purposes and faith, were one."
Thwaite's Replies to Queries on Education,--Great Ignorance before Emancipation,--Aptness of the Negroes to learn,--Civil and Political Condition of the Emancipated.
Anyhow, as a conjectural model for the Countess of Rousillon, I prefer that one of whom Jonson wrote Sidney's sister: Pembroke's mother: Death: ere thou has slain another, Learnd and fair and good as she, Time shall throw a dart at thee.
You have tooke paines to study this learn'd heraldry.
OF all the factions in the town Moved by French springs or Flemish wheels, None turns religion upside down, Or tears pretences out at heels, Like Splaymouth with his brace of caps, Whose conscience might be scann’d perhaps By the dimensions of his chaps; He whom the sisters do adore, Counting his actions all divine, Who when the spirit hints can roar, And, if occasion serves, can whine; Nay, he can bellow, bray, or bark; Was ever sike a Beauk-learn’d clerk That speaks all linguas of the ark?
The termination est, annexed to the preter tenses of verbs, is, at best, a very harsh one, when it is contracted, according to our general custom of throwing out the e; as learnedst, for learnedest; and especially, if it be again contracted into one syllable, as it is commonly pronounced, and made learndst. * * *