The Century Volume . 57

The Century Volume . 57

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...Gradgrind by their father's false educational ideal was brought into perfect relief by the unfolding of wisdom and sweetness in Sissy Jupe, who was not robbed of a real childhood. Squeers's school was described to arouse the indignation of the public against badly managed private schools, conducted by ignorant, sordid, brutal men who "traded in the avarice, indifference, or imbecility of parents and the helplessness of children." In the preface to "Nicholas Nickleby," Dickens, speaking of private schools, said: Of the monstrous neglect of education in England, and the disregard of it by the State as a means of forming good or bad citizens, and miserable or happy men, this class of schools long afforded a notable example.... The Author's object in calling public attention to the system would be very imperfectly fulfilled, if he did not state now, in his own person, emphatically and earnestly, that Mr. Squeers and his school are faint and feeble pictures of an existing reality, purposely subdued and kept down, lest they should be deemed impossible. He had a wider aim, however, than the overthrow of an evil system of private schools. He caught the spirit of Henry Barnard and Horace Mann, and was one of the first Englishmen to see the advantages of a national system of education, and the urgent need of well-trained teachers by whom young minds might be guided in the first stages of their growth. In the same preface he denounced the carelessness by which " any man who had proved his unfitness for any other occupation in life, was free, without examination or qualification, to open a school anywhere; although preparation for the functions he undertook, was required in the surgeon who assisted to bring a boy into the world, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 554 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 975g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650654
  • 9781236650658