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will become a fixed habit, and a menace to his advancement. On the other hand the recitation must serve to check undue forwarkness. Too many children of a nervous temperament are inclined to speak without and to ignore the rights and feelings of their asso ciates, whom they try to crowd out This is regarded as a defect in children which can be overcome. Such a child is not perverse or mean. His mind is full of imaginings that seem real to him. What he needs is to follow up his thoughtless statements to their faulty conclusions and compare the results with those obtained by more deliberate speaking. He must learn to discriminate between fact and fantasy. Thus an important purpose of the recitation is to develop the capability and habit of rational thinking. The recitation period to be of any great value to the pupil, must allow time for expression. He must not merely think how to spell that word, how to utter that sentance, how to draw that line, or how to saw that board. In every case he must exemplify his thought with an appropriate act. Such is the nature of true learn ing. For this reason a teacher should not attempt to hear too many jmpils in one recitation or to hurry over the subject matter so as to cover all the ground of the text-book in a given time. The people who make out the overcrowded courses of study should discriminate between essential principles that must be mastered, and other matter that may be taken only to the extent that deliberative, expressive teaching will allow. A further purpose of the recitation is to give the child the best mmd fullest possible impressions as to how properly trained men and women behave in mature society. He should be led to observe how grown people use this better mode of expression, that rule of arith metic, this familiarity of geography, or that knowledge of the world s history in furthering their material interests. Such observations will add needed interest to the tasks at hand, and give a more wholesome regard for the great industrial pursuits of the country. Again the purpose of the recitation is to bring out the indivi duality of the pupiL We are attracted to a person more if among his little modes of response there are some that are peculiar to hitn 4.