The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Volume 4, 18993/94, pgs. 000-000
In Mr. Ruskin's scheme for the education of the children of his Society of St. George, he appoints that they are to learn the history of five cities: Athens, Rome, Venice, Florence, and London. Their teachers are to cultivate in them the feelings of Admiration, Hope, and Love, "Admiration is the faculty of giving Honour. It is the best word we have for the various feelings of wonder, reverence, awe and humility, which are needful for all lovely work and which constitute the habitual temper of all noble and clear-sighted persons." As one means of cultivating this admiration, he says that in the history of the five cities he has named, the children are to "learn so far as they can understand, what had been beautiful and bravely done; and they shall know the lives of the heroes and heroines in truth and naturalness; and shall be taught to remember the greatest of them on the days of their birth or death; so that the year shall have its full calendar of reverent Memory. And, on every day, part of their morning service shall be a song in honour of the hero whose birthday it is; and part of their evening service, a song of triumph for the fair death of one whose death-day it is; and in their first leaning of notes they shall be taught the great purpose of music, which is to say a thing that you mean deeply, in the strongest and clearest possible way; and they shall never be taught to sing what they don't mean."
As a little attempt to carry out this idea, we have a St. George's Calendar for our family use, but it is very incomplete and wants a great deal of filling up. On the Saints' Days in our Prayerbook Calendar we sing hymn No. 353 in the Hymnal Companion, tune Paradise.
From all Thy saints in warfare, for all Thy saints at rest,
[Here we insert the stanza for the special Saint's Day to be celebrated.]
Apostles, Prophets, Martyrs, and all the sacred throng,
Then praise we God the Father, and praise we God the Son,
For other saints, I have written suitable rhymes, and as they are chiefly Italian, three of the cities may be considered as fairly represented. I have not seen my way to memory of heroes of ancient Rome and Greece, to whom it is also difficult to assign a special day.
In memory of some English heroes I propose a reading instead of a chanted rhyme; as for instance; of Tennyson's Ode, on the birthday or death-day of the Duke of Wellington.
This paper is a mere suggestion, and this Calendar with its many blanks can be filled up by others, so that each family may have it enthusiasm fostered and its sense of fellowship deepened by recollection of the noble men and women who, in various ways, and under widely differing circumstances of creed, nationality and environment, have blessed the world and deserved the grateful homage of their kind.
1st. Sing "O God of Bethel." Read Gen. xxviii. 10-22.
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