Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 79. Of the negligence of Schoolemasters and Tutors.

The vices contrary to the forenamed dutie of Schoolemasters, are these.

1. Unskilfulnesse. Many that are more fit to be taught then to teach, take vpon them this weightie calling. Some haue not suffi∣cient learning: some againe are rude, and know not themselues good manners: and some know not the first principles of the ora∣cles of God. No good can be expected from these.

2. Couetousnesse. All that many seeke, is to multiply the num∣ber of their schollers, and to get as much as they can for boording, and teaching: they aime more at their owne gaine then at their schollers profit. Children are not like to thriue well vnder them.

Page  588 3. Negligence. Many are loth to take the paines of a Schoole∣master, and thereupon come as little into the schoole as they can: take euery small occasion to be gone againe: care not how much their children play: if they be able to hire a poore Vsher, all the burden shall be cast vpon him. Little is that fruit that can be looked for from them.

4. Want of pietie. Many skilfull and painfull Schoolemasters, vnder whose teaching children come forward exceeding well in learning, thinke it nothing appertaineth to them to teach the grounds of religion, so as they altogether neglect pietie. Assuredly they want it themselues: for were their owne hearts seasoned with true pietie, their consciences would moue them to teach it to their children. The things of the kingdome of God are like vnto eauen, which seasoneth the whole batch of dough with that sea∣son and sauour which it selfe hath. When children spend almost all their time with their Schoolemasters, of whom should they learne it, if not of them? What blessing can be hoped from the paines of such Schoolemasters?

I might to these adde the ouer-much remisnesse of some (whereby children get too great an head) and the too great seue∣ritie of others, either in frequencie of correcting, as if they de∣lighted therein; or in the measure thereof, as if they had to doe with beasts, whereby they affright children, make them dull, yea and impudent also. But these extremes were * before handled.

The common fault of Tutors is altogether to neglect their Pu∣pils. Many thinke a Tutor to be a meeretitular matter: no more to be required of them but to beare the very name; and to vn∣dertake that the Colledge be discharged for their Pupils diet. This conceit, and the practise answerable thereunto, is the blemish and bane of the Vniuersities. Many children well trained vp in schooles, vtterly lose the benefit of all their former education when they are sent to the Vniuersitie, because their Tutors altoge∣ther leaue them to themselues: and so they are made a prey to idle and lewd companions. By reason hereof many parents are vtterly discouraged to send their children to the Vniuersitie.