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schools and colleges can give, in whom were Good Judgment Ever Necessary for the invested the hopes and expectations, the labors Teacher.
and prayers of fond parents, for twenty long
years, wholly fail in keeping school, while a secI want to see in the teacher that I employ, a ond youth, endowed with the good judgment hearty love for his profession, drawing vitality that the other lacked, though not possessing his and strength from two main roots, a natural mental power or literary acquisitions, becomes love for children and a belief that something a teacher loved by his pupils, highly prized by can be done to benefit them. Next to this, he their parents, a useful member of the communishould be equipped with three things: a strong ty, and of some good to mankind. And I cerand healthy body, to resist the wear and tear tainly am not rash in making the statement, incident to his profession, su as neither to die that a teacher with a small amount only of before his time nor be nervous and cross; a knowledge, but accustomed to exercise his judgmind well disciplined and strengthened by hard ment, will ever be noted as a successful instructstudy, stored with a large amount of knowledge or, whether others fail or not. of the right kind, apt at explanation, quick in Good judgment is a thing always wanted ; at its perceptions and knowing more than the all times, all hours, each week, each term. At text-books; thirdly, a spiritual nature, which, the risk of wearying your patience, let me quite free from all cant and hypocrisy, is open to all fully illustrate this point; I want all who are holy and precious influences emanating from to teach this winter to appreciate its truth and God, from man or from nature, — wherein the its importance. passions are held in due control, conscience is One must be judicious,quick, and duty, love of truth and of God reign 1. In the assignment of lessons, in a district supreme. I have here, love, to prompt to ac- school, on the first day of the term. tion; faith in possibilities, to support action, 2. So as to give out lessons of the proper and three instrumentalities the best fitted of all length each day. to accomplish the good sought. Yet there is 3. In the use made of advice given by trusa one faculty of the mind, the absence of which tees, friends and parents. will cause many well-founded hopes in such 4. So as not to act under the influence of a teacher to meet with sad and perhaps total passion. disappointment, -'I mean good common sense, 5. In deciding whether or not pupils are to that very uncommon thing, or, as I shall style report on their own conduct and recitations. it, good judgment. An army may be splendid 6. So as to explain to a scholar at the right ly equipped, countless as to numbers, well fed, time, but neither too much nor too little. well clothed, well paid, and yet, if not handled 7. And prepare himself on his recitations with good judgment, the nation may receive before entering the school-room. from it humiliation and sorrow only. Now, I 8. By trying to find out the motive that acthave seen a young man furnished with all thatluated a pupil before reproving or commending