The Academy, a Journal of Secondary Education Volume 7

The Academy, a Journal of Secondary Education Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... a means of mental discipline there is happily no question so far as I know. We leave that subject then and pass on. An intelligent acquaintance with the problems and methods of natural science is only of late years coming to be recognized as an indispensable part of what we call a liberal education; but it is so recognized, and it is important that some pretty thorough instruction in natural science forms a part of the high school work for every pupil. We have seen that according to the scheme I mentioned for grammar school training, pupils on entering the high school will have been taught the rudiments of three or four departments of natural science; this work should be continued in the high school by more extended work in one or two departments. Many considerations commend physics as the one best adapted to the purpose; chemistry is also very good. One of these should be made the basis of thorough training in the scientific method, and there should be a thorough course of laboratory work actually performed by the pupil. In the grammar schools will also have been sown the seeds of a taste for literature, and the beginnings will have been made of an acquaintance with the literature of our own tongue; there will also have been practice in simple English composition. Further work should be done in these directions. There has always been more or less writing of compositions in high schools, and I have nothing particular to say on that point except to urge that subjects be assigned which have real interest and importance in themselves, and are at the same time adapted to the knowledge of boys and girls and their way of looking at life. It cannot be said, however, that the study of English literature holds as yet anything like the place it deserves...
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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667474X
  • 9781236674746