Columbia University Contributions to Philosophy and Psychology Volume 8

Columbia University Contributions to Philosophy and Psychology Volume 8

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...or a Treatise on Written Language," in which he proposed that every letter should be named according to its power, and, as there are more sounds than letters in the English language, he introduced a sufficient number of new characters to supply the deficiency," thus advocating a phonetic system, and anticipating by three quarters of a century, the "pronouncing orthography" of Dr. Edwin Leigh. These reformers, however, were like voices crying in the wilderness. It was many years after this before the word or the phonetic method gained a firm foothold in American schools, so thoroughly intrenched was the old alphabet method. I think it is fair to conclude that the latter passed out of a majority of the city schools during the decade of 1870-80, and from the rural schools ten years later. It is still used in many schools of the country. In the Annual Report of the Board of Education of Boston for 1872, Superintendent, John D. Philbrick, makes a I strong plea for the spelling-book, and says that the great! antagonist of the speller is the modern educational maxim: "Ideas before words." He further states that "reading is spelling on the book, naming the letters and syllabicating." "Naming the letters and syllabicating" was characteristic of the extreme detail into which not only beginning but also advanced work was carried. Analysis seems to have played the leading role in all stages of the work. In Hofwyl's Sketches in 1832 is the following brief description of the current method of teaching reading: "An excellent teacher, of thirty or forty years' experience, says that half a page is as much as his pupils can usually read to advantage in half an hour, although they are select pupils from ten more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663697X
  • 9781236636973