Education and Social Progress

Education and Social Progress

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...while at school, and may make the best recommendation for his life work when he leaves it. Even at the present moment, and under our rigid conditions as to curricula, the teacher is often applied to for advice regarding the best line of work for the pupil's future. But, in point of fact, the teacher has very little opportunity of learning what the pupil is fit for in other than scholastic subjects. Under the newer conditions he will become practically a specialist in diagnosing the best kind of life work for individual pupils. This does not mean that all schools are to become vocational. Indeed, this newer view rather marks off the teacher as essentially a pre-vocational trainer. He has to find out the possibilities of the educand, and give a training that will have a bias in favour of the future life work for which the educand is specially fitted.'1 If vocational guidance is to be worth anything, it must be individual in character. We must consider one child at a time, and this involves that there must be considerable reduction in the number of pupils generally assigned at the present time to the care of each teacher. 1 The Evolution of Educational Theory, p. 362. CHAPTER XII FURTHER EDUCATION The most significant movement in the educational world to-day is the one concerned with the care of youths between fourteen and eighteen years of age who have left school and gone to work. It is recognised that a fundamental weakness in our present school system is that it allows compulsory education to terminate at thirteen or fourteen years of age. The aims of public education--a trained mind, a well-formed character, capacity for citizenship and for some work useful to the community--cannot be attained during the short space of eight or nine years more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678486
  • 9781236678485