School; A Monthly Record of Educational Thought and Progress Volume 5

School; A Monthly Record of Educational Thought and Progress Volume 5

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... object is not to turn out a second-class carpenter, a dabbler in metal-work-or, if it be a girl, an inferior sort of dressmaker. It is to make the average individual of both sexes fairly handy. No doubt, they will spoil a certain amount of material but the damage is no more serious than the outrage they perpetrate in their Latin or Greek exercises. Eve iflthey do not become skilled craftsmen they at least arrive at the stage of knowing how a thing should be done, and learning the difference between good and bad work. A man who knows nothing of carpentry and plumbing is as helpless as a bride who cannot distinguish beef from mutton. Both go through life with a vast deal of unnecessary worry and discomfort, because they are always at the mercy of the first unprincipled workman or tradesman. If a stitch in time saves nine, the householder who has cultivated an eye for seeing defects, and knows how they ought to be remedied, saves money nine times over, and his temper into the bargain. But handcraft does not merely provide the schoolboy with recreations out of school, it should also prove a great help to the understanding of much of his work in school. The manual arts are really at the bottom of a good deal of art and science which originally sprang directly from them. We are already beginning to recognise this truth in the teaching of many subjects. Physics now begins with weighing and mezmuring; geometry with measuring and drawing. To those who have used the scale and foot-rule these sciences must seem only a natural extension of their former studies. Children naturally take far more interest than hitherto in these subjects, because they now see where they begin; they are not introduced to them in the middle of the third act. The order...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236958152
  • 9781236958150