Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 4 (1831), 406–08.

Sandwich Island Schools (Extract of a Letter from Messrs. Richards and Green, Missionaries at Lahina)



Introduction; Extract, Letter, Reportage

Publications extracted:

Mr Richards Mr Green


Imperialism, Religion, Education, Mathematics

    The extract reports: 'About 150 persons on the island [of Maui] have made considerable advance in arithmetic. These are the teachers employed in the common schools, together with the princess and a few of her female attendants'. Among the questions proposed to them at the public examination was: 'How many seconds since the death of Captain Cook, it being fifty-two years two months and seven days?'. (406) Reports that 'several ship-masters were present, and took slates themselves, in order to ascertain the correctness of the answers given by the school. There was not a question proposed, however, that was not answered by some one of the scholars sooner than by any of the foreign gentlemen. It will gratify you to know that the princess stands at the head of this class, or is at least equal with the best' (407).

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