The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird

 -  The business of the day commenced
by the whole number of girls reverently repeating the Lord's Prayer,
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The Business Of The Day Commenced By The Whole Number Of Girls Reverently Repeating The Lord's Prayer, Which, In Addressing God As "Our Father," Proclaims The Common Bond Of Brotherhood Which Unites The Whole Human Race.

The sound of 900 youthful voices solemnly addressing their Creator was very beautiful and impressive.

A chapter from the Bible, read aloud by the teacher, followed, and a hymn beautifully sung, when the pupils filed off as before to the sound of music. We next went to the elementary room, appropriated to infants, who are not sent to the higher school till their proficiency reaches the standard required.

The infant system does not appear to differ materially from ours, except that it is of a more intellectual nature. In this room 1300 children joined in singing a hymn. In the boys' rooms about 1000 boys were receiving instruction under about 12 specimens of "Young America." The restless, the almost fearful energy of the teachers surprised me, and the alacrity of the boys in answering questions. In the algebra-room questions involving the most difficult calculation on the part of the pupils were answered sometimes even before the teacher had worked them out himself.

Altogether, I was delighted with this school and with the earnestness displayed by both teachers and pupils. I was not so well pleased with the manners of the instructors, particularly in the boys' school. There was a boastfulness, an exaggeration, and a pedantry, which are by no means necessary accompaniments of superior attainments.

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