Excerpt from Scientific Culture: And Other Essays
Since the period just referred to, the example early set at Cambridge of making the student's own oh servations in the laboratory or cabinet the basis of all teaching, either in experimental or natural history science, has been generally followed. But in most cen ters of education the old traditions so far survive that the great end of scientific culture is lost in attempting to conform even laboratory instruction to the old academic methods of recitations and examinations. These, as usually conducted, are simply hindrances in a course of scientific training, because they are no tests of the only ability or acquirement which science values, and there fore set before the student a false aim. To point out this error, and to claim for science teaching its appropri ate methods, was one object of the writer in these essays.
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