Circular of Information of the Bureau of Education, for Volume 1-5; No. 1886

Circular of Information of the Bureau of Education, for Volume 1-5; No. 1886

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...schools may be traced to the want of definite aud certain elementary knowledge. Here, as elsewhere, "it is the first step that costs." Unless there is a firm footing at the outset every additional step will carry us deeper into the swamp. It is no uncommon thing to find pupils trying to read in the Fourth Reader when they canuot read intelligently in the Second. It is equally commou to see them struggling with fractions when they oannot be trusted to add a column of whole numbers. The mad haste "to push ahead," to exhibit at least the sign of progress, if the reality is unattainable, has been the ruin of many a youthful student. Having no certain knowledge as a foundation, the whole intellectual structure is but a castle in the air, without substance and without persistence. Vagueness of intellectual conceptions and skepticism in religions belief spring alike from the want of some fixed fundamental knowledge and faith. The infatuat ion of parents with respect to this matter is simply wonderful. They will spend money without stint to give their children ac ollegiate education when such an education had become impossible because the foundation has not becu laid on which it could be built. Ex uihilo nihil fit. From the unknown we can go only to the unknown. Elementary education is therefore the most important for a nation, because according as it is real or unreal all other education becomes possible or impossible. (5) The progress of knowledge is continuous.--In any one line there are no breaks. In mathematics, from the first conception that one and one make two to the highest solitary mountain peak trodden by Sylvester or Salmon, there is one continuous series of steps, each depending on the preceding and supporting that which...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560043
  • 9781236560049