Lovely first printing of this scarce early American treatise on education, by a former principal of New Jersey's Edgehill School.
Very good plus.
"I have even heard of a father who objected to his children learning geography, on the sage ground that he did not learn it himself, and had never felt the want of it!"
Uncommon book by the author of several scholarly commentaries and works on religion and law, laying out principles of public education envisioned as ideal for the whole nation, vigorously condemning the selfishness of those who resent tax monies used for public schools, and lamenting the inadequacy of American curricula compared with the disciplined planning of Saxe Weimar and Prussia. Wines was a Congregationalist minister, leading prison reform advocate, and native New Jerseyite, who taught both at the university level and at Philadelphia's Central High School. His HINTS... range from the uncomfortably still relevant – "There is no class in the community whose services are so poorly rewarded, in proportion to the labour required and the responsibility involved, as those of the primary schoolmaster" – to the tragically outdated: "It is an encouraging circumstance that popular education is not made a political question among us."
Philadelphia: Hogan and Thompson, 1838. Full title: Hints on a system of popular education: addressed to R.S. Field, Esq., chairman of the Committee on Education in the legislature of New Jersey; and to the Rev. A.B. Dod, professor of mathematics in the College of New Jersey. 7.75'' x 4.75''. Original floral-pattered textured green cloth with gilt-stamped spine. 255,  pages, followed by publisher's catalogue. Previous owner's names (Philo C. Sedgwick and John B. Sedgwick, clerk of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Union general, respectively) and one neat marginal note to preface, both in pencil. Mild edgewear to boards, corners lightly bumped. Light foxing to endpapers.
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