American Annals of Education Volume 26

American Annals of Education Volume 26

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...Another feature in our schools which proved very popular with visitors was the military training of the older children. Drilled by a superannuated soldier whom my father had hired for the purpose, and preceded by a boyband of a drum or two and four or five fifes, they made a very creditable appearance. other celebrities. Then, too, his popularity among the masses quite equalled the favor with which men of rank and talent received him. Is it matter of marvel that a self-made and self-taught man, thus suddenly and singularly favored by fortune, should have miscalculated the immediate value of his social methods, and overestimated the influence of the position he had gained i' His strong, original mind, lacking the habit of critical study, tempted him to discard in gross, without examining in detail; and to overlook a fact of infinite importance in morals and legislation, to wit, that rever ence, acting on man's spiritual part, is a legitimate and cogent motive that has influenced human actions in all ages of the world. He was one of those who, like many of the ablest scientists in all countries, need experimental proof to convince him that, when the body is discarded at death, the man himself does not die, but passes on to another and higher phase of being; and till he was nearly eighty years old he never obtained such proof. His mistakes as a practical reformer, were, in my judgment, twofold. First. He regarded self-love, or man's longing for happiness, rationally educated, as the most trustworthy foundation of morals. I think that the hunger and thirst after the Right, which is induced by culture of the conscience, is a higher motive, and, because higher, a motive better fitted to elevate our race, than selfishness, however...
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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886984
  • 9781236886989