The reformed school by John Dury.

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Title
The reformed school by John Dury.
Author
Dury, John, 1596-1680.
Publication
London :: Printed by R.D. for Richard Wodnothe ...,
[1649?]
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Education -- Early works to 1800.
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"The reformed school by John Dury." In the digital collection Early English Books Online. https://name.umdl.umich.edu/A37084.0001.001. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 20, 2024.

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Concerning their Proficiencie in Learning.

The last and least part of true education is only minded in the ordinary Schools, and that in a very superficiall and preposterous way; for Children are taught to read Au∣thors and learn words and Sentences before they can have any notion of the Things signi∣fied by those words and sentences, or of the Authors strain and wit in setting them toge∣ther: and they are made to learn by hear the Generall Rules, sentences, and Precep of Arts, before they are furnished with any matter wherunto to apply those Rules an Precepts. And when they are taught these things wherin Reason is to be employed, they are lead into a Maze of subtile and unprofi∣able

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Notions; wherby their mindes are puft p with a windy conceit of knowledge: their ffections taken off from the plainnesse of sefull Truths; their naturall Corrupt incli∣ations to pride, vain glory, and conten∣iousnesse not reformed, but rather strength∣ed in perversitie; So that they become oth unwilling to seek, and incapable to eceive any Truth either Divine or Humane n its simplicitie: for their heads are filled ith certain termes and empty shewes of earning; which neither containe any sub∣tance or solidity of Matter; or give them any ddresse by way of Method to make use of hat which they know for the benefit of Mankind.

Now, to Rectifie this cause of our Igno∣ance and Disorderliness which hath taken ossession of all Schooles and Universities, and ath spread it self over all matters of Humane Learning; wee shall endevour to seek out the rue Method of teaching Sciences, by the Grounds and Rules which, we hope, none, hat is Rationall and free from prejudice, will Contradict.

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