A good village primary school ought to be a cross between a nursery and a play-room; and the teacher ought to be playmate, nurse, and mother, all combined.
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Source Notes: "Going to School," Star Papers; or, Experiences of Art and Nature, new edition (1873), and reprinted in Beecher As a Humorist: Selections from the Published Works, ed. Eleanor Kirk (1887).
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eighth of nine children of Lyman Beecher by his first wife (and the eighth of thirteen children in all). One of his elder sisters was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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