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THE GOLDEN WORD BOOK

The Golden Rule Series

I THE GOLDEN LADDER BOOK

II THE GOLDEN PATH BOOK

III THE GOLDEN DOOR BOOK

IV THE GOLDEN KEY BOOK

V THE GOLDEN WORD BOOK

VI THE GOLDEN DEED BOOK

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY

THE GOLDEN RULE SERIES

THE GOLDEN WORD BOOK

A SCHOOL READER

BY

E. HERSHEY SNEATH, PH.D., LL.D.

PROFESSOR IN YALE UNIVERSITY

GEORGE HODGES, D.D., D.C.L.

DEAN OF THE EPISCOPAL THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE

AND

EDWARD LAWRENCE STEVENS, PH.D., L.H.D.

ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

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PREFACE

THIS Series of books embodies a graded system of moral instruction. The method of instruction involved in the Scheme is the indirect method. It introduces the pupil, in a concrete and interesting manner, to the subject matter of morals, by means of fairy tale, myth, fable, allegory, parable, legend, stories of real life, of heroes and heroines, biography, and historical incident. This method was adopted in preference to the more formal, direct, and didactic methods, because of an induction based on a questionnaire circulated among the teachers of ten cities, nearly ninety-five per cent of whom favored the indirect method. This induction is supported, also, by investigations relating to the moral nature in the field of child psychology, and the psychology of the first years of adolescence.

In the composition, selection, and arrangement of material, attention has been given to the laws

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