The Bulletin of the Washington University Association Volume 5

The Bulletin of the Washington University Association Volume 5

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...the family itself, by educating the parents; by organizing, that is to say, a much more effective, constant and definite cooperation between parents and teachers than is as yet generally found. But after all these causes in which the family is implicated are duly allowed for, there seems to remain a large balance of deficiency in our educational results, which must be charged to the schools. There is space to refer only briefly and rather dogmatically to two features of the situation in our schools which seem to be most to blame for the singular intellectual backwardness of the average freshman. The first is the fact that the school work has very generally been overgrown with certain accretions and incidental concerns that take up the greater part of the pupil's spare time, energy, enthusiasm and inspiration. The chief of these side-issues is athletics. The real fault with American school and college athletics is not that in the actual games young men occasionally injure their bodies, but that in devoting most of their time to thinking, talking, speculating and scheming over these games they stunt and enfeeble their minds. It is what a student does with his mind outside of the time devoted to the direct work of the class-room and to physical exercise, that gives the mind force and fibre and pleasure in its own activity. Class work in a high school should be merely the starting point for additional and independent reading and inquiry and discussion, the stimulus to new and more spontaneous and personal interests. But how can intellectual interests be expected in young persons whom we permit, or even encourage, to conceive that the most significant and engrossing thing in the whole life of their school is the defeating of a rival establishment more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490118
  • 9781236490117