Reveries of a Schoolmaster

Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,247 / 136 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.8
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 353
Added to site: 2004.08.01
mnybks.net#: 8896
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, Essays
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In medias res -- Retrospect -- Brown -- Psychological -- Balking -- Lanterns -- Complete living -- My speech -- School-teaching -- Beefsteak -- Freedom -- Things -- Targets -- Sinners -- Hoeing potatoes -- Changing the mind -- The point of view -- Picnics -- Make-believe -- Behavior -- Forefingers -- Story-telling -- Grandmother -- My world -- This or that -- Rabbit pedagogy -- Perspective -- Purely pedagogical -- Longevity -- Four-leaf clover -- Mountain-climbing.

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. Instead of learning the latitude and longitude of Madagascar, Chattahoochee, and Kamchatka, I might have received high grades in geography by abstaining from the chewing of gum, by not wearing my hands in my trousers-pockets, by walking instead of ambling or slouching, by wiping the mud from my shoes before entering the house, by a personally conducted tour through the realms of manicuring, and by learning the position and use of the hat-rack. Getting no school credits for such incidental minors in the great scheme of life, I grew careless and indifferent and acquired a reputation that I do not care to dwell upon. If those who had me in charge, or thought they had, had only been wise and given me school credits for all these things, what a model boy I might have been!

Why, I would have swallowed my pride, donned a kitchen apron, and washed the supper dishes, and no normal boy enjoys that ceremony. By making passes over the dishes I should have been exorcising the spooks of cube root, and that would h

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