Excerpt from Association of Protestant Teachers of the Province of Quebec, Montreal Meeting, 1886: Address of the President
If we ask what studies should first occupy the attention of the youthful pupil, two apparently contradictory answers are at once given. First, it is unquestionable that the child is naturally an observer and experimenter with everything within his reach. Therefore, his early lessons should be object lessons, and he should begin his education with science. But then it is also evi dent that memory and speech are developed more rapidly than thought, therefore, he should begin with words and memory lessons. The truth concealed under this apparent antagonism is that the average child conducts his own education in the way of accumulating facts and experiences, trying to express these in speech, and thus learning to think and generalize. This is the natural process, and one absolutely scientific, and to be imitated as far as possible in our clumsy methods.
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