Some Remarks on a Pamphlet [By Sir J. Napier] Entitled 'The Education Question - Thoughts on the Present Crisis'

Some Remarks on a Pamphlet [By Sir J. Napier] Entitled 'The Education Question - Thoughts on the Present Crisis'

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...which really favour the object of the author of the "Thoughts." He takes training up in its natural sense, as comprehending all that is to be done for the formation of the character of the young, as well as for giving them the kind and amount of general learning which they ought to receive. And he begins with the importance of habits and the reasons for using every exertion to giving the young good habits, both from the certainty that if left to themselves, and to casual influences of company and circumstances, they will form very bad ones; and also from the special advantages for the formation, under proper training, of good ones which early life offers. And then he says--" We ought, doubtless, to instruct and admonish grown persons, to restrain them from what is evil, and encourage them in what is good, as we are able; but this care of youth, abstracted from all consideration of the parental affection--I say this care of youth, which is the general notion of education becomes a distinct subject and a distinct duty from the particular danger of their ruin, if left to themselves, and the particular reason we have to expect they will do well, if due care be taken of them. And from hence it follows, that children have as much right to some proper education as to have their lives preserved, and that when this is not given them by their parents, the care of it devolves upon all persons--it becomes the duty of all who are capable of contributing to it, and whose help is wanted." Now even the explanation which is here supplied by the immediate context of what Butler means by the "proper education," to some measure of which he regards children as having a clear right, ought to be enough to show how unfairly he is...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236907051
  • 9781236907059