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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 6: school-teaching in Boston and Providence. (1837-1838.) (search)
to this day an eminently successful teacher, told me that she then learned the life-long lesson of treating children with a noble confidence. It is impossible for a teacher to write about teaching without disclosing her own theories and revealing her own experience. The year after Margaret Fuller left Providence, we find her writing to her brother Arthur, then teaching a district school in Massachusetts; and never had young teacher a better counselor. She tells him, for instance (December 20, 1840),-- The most important rule is, in all relations with our fellow-creatures, never forget that if they are imperfect persons they are immortal souls; and treat them as you would wish to be treated by the light of that thought. Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved. As far as all amiable disposition and powers of entertainment make you so, it is a happiness, but if there is one grain of plausibility, it is a poison. This last maxim seems to me sim