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PUNCTUATION, FIGURES OF SPEECH, SPELLING, &c.
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.
BY JOHN D. POST,
PHILADELPHIA: SMITH & PECK.
MT, LENOX AND
DURRIE & PECK,
HITCHCOCK AND STAFFORD, PRINTERS.
READING receives too little attention in all our schools. It is generally thought sufficient if the pupil reads once a day, without having a question asked him on the meaning of words, &c. Most of our Reading Books are only a selection of pieces from the most finished authors of the English Language, without a single question of any kind. The reading of fine authors, is a good exercise, but it is best that children should have such pieces put into their hands as they can understand, or we cannot expect them to give the right inflections to what they read. Reading is considered as of only secondary importance, an exercise which requires not much, if any, previous study. The author believes that if a lesson is taught in a thorough manner, and no other is good for any thing, there must be labor. Therefore, teachers and pupils must not expect, that a class of readers will answer all the questions without much study; nor, that they will receive much benefit from two or three lessons. It will be important to have them go through all the exercises, and not fail in a single particular. We have selected such pieces as are easy to be understood by the pupil, as it is of the greatest importance to make reading, or any study, a pleasure to the learner. It ought to be the aim of every teacher to have every lesson thoroughly understood.