This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
I have for some time contemplated a remonstrance against one feature of the excellent Plan for a School-house recently given in the "Horticulturist,n and re-produced in the " Cultivator." I refer to the division of the sexes contemplated in that scheme. Having been all my life, till within three or four years past, a teacher, and that with a design, if health permitted, of following the business as a profession, I feel naturally, a deep interest in the subject of school*. I regard the sphere of the school, as embracing a much wider range than the common routine of science, so called; it is the nursery of all the faculties - social and moral, as well as intellectual. And if any one thing conduces to a development of evil passions, and takes from the hands of the teacher one powerful aid that nature has given him, I believe it to be the separation of the sexes.
The Influence of each on the other, is refining, elevating, and restraining; repressing evil tendencies, while it developes noble ones, and calls into action all that loftier kind of emulation enjoined by St. Paul, and which is the living soul of the school-room. And this view is not that of a solitary, humble ex-pedagogue alone, but of the most successful of all our eminent teachers; the customs of some of our large cities to the contrary notwithstanding. In haste, yours truly, J. M. Winch ell. Syracuse.
P. S. - By making one of your rooms a Pri-mary, and the other a Senior department, your plan is admirably adapted to common schools.
[This is interesting, and we should be glad to hear the comments of other school teachers. Ed.]