Clio as a Governess: Lessons in History, 1798

'Lead them to a habit of reflection and observation for themselves...' – J.H. Burns argues that a handbook for teachers written by a north-country schoolmistress in the 1790s has surprisingly modern echoes in its approach to teaching history.

Among the number who, in public Seminaries, have opportunities of perusing the best English, Grecian, and Roman historians, few will be found who retain even the leading facts, unless those who superintend their education, have sufficient leisure to converse with each separately, and lead them to a habit of reflection and observation for themselves...

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