Cosmopolitan Volume 34

Cosmopolitan Volume 34

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... whose own share of the school work is faultlessly done, who is tolerant in effort, and a tireless helper obviously more interested in serious work than in puerile games, will beget essential manliness in every boy he teaches. He need not lecture on his virtues. A slack, emotional, unpunctual, inexact and illogical teacher, a fawning loyalist, an incredible pietist, an energetic snob, a teacher as eager for games, as sensitive to social status, as easy, kindly and sentimental, and as shy of hard toil as an English publicschool master, is none the better for ethical flatulence. There is a good deal of cant in certain educational circles, and a certain type of educational writing about "love," a word easy to vulgarize, but my own reasonably extensive observation of schoolchildren and school-teachers makes me doubt whether there is ever anything more than a very temperate affection and a still more temperate admiration on either side. Children see through their teachers amazingly, and what they do not understand now they will understand later. For a teacher to lay hands on all the virtues, to associate them with his or her personality, to smear characteristic phrases and expressions over them, is as likely as not to give the virtues unpleasant associations. Better far, save through practise, to leave them altogether alone. And what is here said of this tainting of moral instruction with the personality of the teacher applies still more forcibly to religious instruction. Here, however, I enter upon a field where I am anxious to avoid dispute. To my mind those ideas and emotions that center about the idea of God appear at once too great and remote, and too intimate and subtle, for objective treatment. But there are a great number of...
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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 744g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123676286X
  • 9781236762863