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[No. VI. HINTS TO PARENTS.
FIRST PERIOD OF EDUCATION.
SPIRIT OF PESTALOZZI'S METHOD.
HARVEY AND DARTON, GRACECHURCH-STREET.
It is generally acknowledged that the whole of Life is materially influenced by the training and instruction received in youth; that it takes its colour, in great measure, from the combination of physical, intellectual, and moral causes to which we have been early and constantly exposed. Education is therefore a subject which cannot but appear highly important and interesting, to all who are desirous of seeing the hitherto-slumbering faculties of the generality of the human race awakened, the divine gift of reason developed and excited, and by these means a progressive universal amelioration of the condition of man take place.
The basis upon which this great work must be founded, and upon which the final success of all instruction necessarily depends, is, according to Pestalozzi, Faith and LOVE. , True and sublime as this idea is, education, so far from having been hitherto founded on this principle, has been conducted in a spirit directly opposed to it; consequently it has proved neither rational nor beneficial.
Pestalozzi in his writings, and in his conversation, strongly condemns the neglect, the carelessness with which children are treated in the infant state. He says, that from the earliest age, children must no longer be considered as a burden, no longer be disregarded; but that they must be considered as beings holding a high rank in the creation, beings endowed with the heavenly spark of reason, which must be watched, fostered and nourished, till it becomes a bright and cheerful flame, diffusing light and warmth on all around.
This salutary effect can only be produced by bestowing on the Infant the assiduous care, the unremitting attention, the tender, enlightened love, to which he is by birth entitled. The foundation, the ground-work of rational Education must be laid in the fire-side, or domestic