A NEW SCHOOL AND A NEW HEROINE — We have been very favorably impressed with the plan of a School of Design lately established at Worcester, Mass. It combines in itself the elements both of stability and progress. It is not, as its name would seem to imply, an institution devoted to one single purpose, but a place where a thorough and liberal education can be acquired. Children of the earliest age are taken and instructed in the rudiments of English, French, music, and drawing, at the same time, so that all the faculties of the mind are harmoniously developed. Both sexes are taught together, the principals believing that they are a mutual advantage to each other, the boys or young gentlemen being softened and restrained by companionship with the girls, while the latter are excited to higher intellectual development by the example of the former. So far, the plan appears to have worked admirably. Miss Robinson, the lady who is at the head of the department for drawing and designing, is admirably qualified for her post, both by native talent and by a long and severe course of study in this country and the best schools of Europe. We append a sketch of Miss Robinson and her career, written by one acquainted with her efforts and a witness of their success, which cannot fail to interest all who feel sympathy with the earnest endeavors of an earnest mind bent on accomplishing some worthy purpose:-
THE WORCESTER (MASS.) ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS — Not many years ago, in Newark, N.J., a very young girl was engaged in teaching school. Scarcely in her teens, she had, among her pupils, those who were much older than herself; yet, the young teacher taught them as they had never before been taught, achieving remarkable success in her profession. Soon we find her acquiring the French language, that she may also teach that, walking five miles, to the residence of her teacher, at every recitation. Then, as she would add drawing to what she can already teach, she commences drawing-lessons, with no further thought than that of teaching her own scholars how to skilfully use the pencil.
As she proceeds, she finds that painstaking perseverance will bring success; and, as she advances in the art, is led on, step by step, to higher and higher attempts.
NEW IPSWICH APPLETON ACADEMY, at New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Elihu T. Juimby, M.A., Principal, assisted by Miss Catharine Knapp, Preceptress, six professors, and one lady as teacher. The Academy is for both sexes — an excellent manner of educating the youth of a village — and this institution seems very prosperous. There were, in the last report, one hundred and eighteen girls; the whole number of scholars was about three hundred. A normal department is established, for those who desire to become teachers.
WESLEYAN FEMALE COLLEGE, at Cincinnati, Ohio. Rev. P.B. Wilber, M.A., President , assisted by four professors and fifteen ladies, teachers. This institution has been greatly prospered. The number of scholars in the collegiate course was one hundred and fifty-eight; the preparatory and primary classes numbered two hundred and sixty-nine; the whole number in the College was three-hundred and sixty-seven.
The religious principles of the institution are based upon the broad principles of Christianity, as held by all evangelical denominations, and no sectarian or sectional prejudices are allowed to disturb the peace and harmony of those who seek instruction within its walls.
PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LADIES — We would again call the attention of our readers to Miss S.J. Hales Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies, 922 Spruce Street. This school combines, in an unusual degree, the comforts of a home with the discipline and regularity of a school. The health and deportment, as well as the intellectual advancement of the scholars, have careful attention.
The Course of English study is thorough and liberal. A superior French teacher resides in the family, to aid in conversation in that language. The musical department is under the care of those qualified in the highest degree to improve the pupils intrusted to them; and all the other accomplishments are well and carefully taught.
Collection: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Publication: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Date: February, 1859
Title: American Schools and Colleges For Young Ladies
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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