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Excerpt from How to Conduct the Recitation, and the Principles Underlying Methods of Teaching in Classes
Digesting Knowledge - The stomach and the mind are alike in some points and unlike in others. The food that once enters the stomach is taken up and assimilated by the organs of di gestion. Our chief care is to avoid overload ing the stomach, and to give it a chance to perform its functions. It is self-acting. The materials which enter the mind pass through a digestive process; and this lasts longer. A cow chews her cud once; but the ideas which have entered our minds may be chewed over and over again, and that with great profit. Ideas do not assimilate so easily as the different food-materials in the body. Ideas have to be put side by side, compared, separated, grouped, and arranged into connected series. Thus they become organized for use. This sorting, ar ranging, and connecting of ideas is so important that it demands more time and more care than the first labor of acquisition.
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