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COMPILED AND ARRANGED
NEW YORK STATE INSTITUTE CONDUCTOR
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
REVISED AND ILLUSTRATED
NEW YORK: CINCINNATI: CHICAGO
CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER once said, "To teach a child to read, and not teach it what to read, is to put a dangerous weapon into its hands."
Not only should we train the children to visualize in reading, but so far as possible we should see that they acquire proper ideals of life, such as may come from reading such poems as those from Charles Mackay in this volume, but when the pupil has read what the author has written if he does not get the lesson you cannot help him much, and any word from you may harm him. Children instinctively dislike being preached to, or at. Avoid moralizing in regard to matters presented by an author. The story will present its own moral, if it has any for the reader.
Do not try to have pupils get out of a selection what you do. They cannot. We read into the printed page our experiences. Theirs have been quite different from yours. Tennyson's "Brook" and Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" are admirably adapted for continuing the training in visualizing.
Because the pupils who will use this volume are at an age at which the study of elementary United States history is commonly begun, a number of historical poems are given, and selections are made from such historical writers as Parkman, Fiske, Robertson, and Mackenzie, with the hope that the pupils at a later day will be led to read these authors.