Proceedings of the Annual Convention Volume 8-11

Proceedings of the Annual Convention Volume 8-11

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...instruction or explanation of signaling system. There is one more class of chronic objectors that will have to be considered, namely, the so-called practical men who decry any special schooling and brush all arguments aside with the well-worn phrase that "practice can only be taught in practice." This is one of that class of stereotyped arguments and epigrammatic generalities that are brought into play on all occasions and allowed to cover a much larger territory than warranted by critical analysis. The misplaced belief in the absolute truth of this sweeping assertion regarding the inability of a special school course to teach anything bearing directly on practical work, has caused thousands of boys, not only in the railroad service, but also in mechanical and industrial pursuits generally, to be consigned yearly to the same fate and to follow the same rut as others before them, sometimes ascertaining the theory and the broader principles underlying their particular work after years of steady toil, but more generally remaining on the level of mediocre drudgery. Practice, in the sense of becoming skilled or expert in some particular detail of a calling or familiar with a mass of data, statistics, and facts appertaining to the immediate work of one department or of a whole system of roads, can naturally only be successfully learned in practice. Eut the routine life of an apprentice in a shop, or the elevating, soulinspiring duties of a messenger boy or yonug clerk in an office, are not calculated to infuse much enthusiasm in the individual for his calling, unless he is exceptionally energetic and ambitious; while the little bits of general information picked up by the wayside are few and far between. Unless some stimulating influence be...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532678
  • 9781236532671