American Annals of Education Volume 22

American Annals of Education Volume 22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...continuing long enough at any one to derive from it substantial advantage. By granting freedom of choice, however, it is not to be presumed that such a freedom is intended as would permit a student to change from day to day, or from week to week. The study which is chosen must be chosen as a whole, and must be pursued to the end, or to the end, at least, of some branch of it which is complete in itself. This rule will prevent capricious changes, and will secure at least as much continuity of attention to particular subjects as the ordinary curriculum allows; for the very fault of the ordinary curriculum is that, during the later years at least, it presents so large a number of subjects that long continued study of any one of them is impossible. But it is further objected that the free exercise of choice permits a selection of such studies as present the fewest difiiculties; and thus plays directly into the hand of the careless and inefiicient student. To this it may be replied, as the result of a pretty long observation, that the incorrigilnly idle are not perceptibly improved in diligence by being compelled to pursue difiicult studies. In every considerable body of students there will always be some such. And it is truly marvelous to remark how very closely such individuals manage to run to the very minimum of attainment required to save them from being dropped from the rolls as hopelessly deficient. Now the benefit which such individuals can derive from being compelled to pursue what they call "hard studies," are insignificant in comparison with the harm they do to others, who, being yoked with them in the same classes, are hampered in their progress by their dullness or their willful neglect of study. It is one of the great...
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  • Paperback | 514 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 907g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832981
  • 9781236832986