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F. V. N. PAINTER, A. M., D.D.
TO AMERICAN LITERATURE, ETC.
NEW YORK ::CINCINNATI:.:CHICAGO
AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY
This volume is intended to introduce the student to the principal documents of educational history. With growth in scholarship there comes a desire to be acquainted with the original sources of information. It is to meet this demand among students of educational history that the present work has been compiled.
The idea of the present compilation, which had long been in the writer's mind, assumed definite shape a year ago, while he was making some investigations in the library of the Bureau of Education. With the original documents in his hands, it became apparent that a collection of them, either in their entirety or in satisfactory selections, could be brought within the compass of a single convenient volume. It seems strange that the attempt had not previously been made.
In preparing this volume, existing translations have been utilized as far as possible. Bohn's Classical Library has been the main dependence for Greek and Latin authors. The principal works of the great educational reformers of the Continent -- Comenius, Pestalozzi, Froebel, and others - are accessible in good English versions. In a few cases, among which may be mentioned Rhabanus Maurus, Luther, Fénelon, and the Ratio Studiorum of the Jesuits, the author found it necessary to make the translations here used.
The brief biographical sketches will be found to throw more or less light upon the selections. For a critical estimate of the various educators, which it has been thought best not to attempt here, the student is referred to the
author's “ History of Education," or to any other of the excellent educational histories now on the market. It is hoped that the present work will be found an acceptable and useful volume supplementary to them all.
The successive topics discussed in each selection are given in the index under the author's name.
This arrangement shows at a glance the scope of the selections. As will be seen, there is scarcely any important phase of education that has not received consideration.
F. V. N. PAINTER,
(For analysis of each author, see Index)