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HARVARD UNIVERSITY MAL GRADUATE SCHODI OF EDUCATION
MONROE C GUTMAN LIBRARY
ALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE:
JUN 1 71957
That by studying the science of Grammar young pupils are likely to attain the art of using the English language "correctly, is a proposition which the experience of almost every teacher directly confutes. The pupil's language is the result of a complexity of influences in which his grammatical study holds a very inferior place. The chief source from which he derives his manner of expression is his associations, more at home, in the street and in the school-yard, than in the school-room. That he will adopt the next slang phrase that goes current throughout Yankeedom is a predetermined fact which the army of pedagogues, with all the artillery of the Syntax, will be powerless to resist.
Grammar, like its kindred sciences, is a fine study for the mature scholar. It is the Anatomy of Speech, as Rhetoric is its Physiology ; but the Hygiene, under the laws of which the children must live even before they know them, is a separate department. How to rear the young in health of language, as well as in health of morals and of body, is a question well worthy of discussion by all who profess an interest in their welfare.
A boy's speech shows his breeding rather than his knowledge. It is one element of the training that he gets at home and among his fellows. As his society is polite or rude, so will his manner of talking be. My forty boys have all had pretty much the same schooling; but in correctness of speech they differ as much as their parents,