The Classical World Volume 8

The Classical World Volume 8

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...find a greater r cent of correlation than can be ascribed to chance or error. oreover., the correlations arrange themselves in a hierarchy. thus giving evidence, the authors say, of a "common fund of energy" or general intel ' ence which may be exercised in a vanet of types ofmental wor. This is a startling return to an old clief. Yet it must still be emphasized that neither the experimental method used in testing for correlation nor the mathematical treatment of the results is well enough established to justify its use as a foundation for educational dogma. To this opinion the Bntish investigators subscribe. But if the method is still not adequately verified, what shall we say of the crude experiments of fifteen years ago? Their use suggests vividly the remark of Hodgdon; "Whatever you are totally ignorant of assert to be the exnlanation of everything else." This is. of course, quackery in education, as it was in philosophy. but the quackery has worked too well. We surely need to discriminate between the educational mountebank and the expert in education. 1n the present state of our knowledge the latter is characterized by the fact that he. first of all. avoids doing great harm. 1V. i904. The claims of Latin and Greek rest so much on a belief in their disciplinary value that the "no-transfer" propaganda was almost the last nail in the coffin of the classics. The worst effect is that discipline has no longer been aimed at in high schools, by either teachers or pupils. The course of study has as often been a melange of novelties as a group of subjects whose mastery required industry. Little wonder that Professor Grandgent calls our educational present "The Dark Ages." Professor John B. Ekeley, ...
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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991141
  • 9781236991140