The Southern Workman Volume 41

The Southern Workman Volume 41

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...made any direct effort to educate the natives; the only organizations taking this work in hand were the missionary bodies, and government grants were given to them. Speaking generally, the inrtruction imparted was literary. an ordinary primary school (ducation such as is given in the poorer classlof European schools. Sometimes a limited amount of higher teaching in book subjects which did not come within the purview of the native in his ordinary daily life. But little instruction was given in industries or in agriculture. Until quite recently, the system was a copy of European methods, little thought being apparently given to the differences in race or mental calibre or to the practical requirements of the native people. The results have not been altogether satisfactory. Much that was acquired was mere memorizing, the latent abilities of the pupil were not drawn out, words only were dealt with, the facts of life and nature which he saw around him were neglected and not drawn upon, and what he learned did not fit in with the life he had to lead. In his old native life he was an observer and came into intimate contact with some of the phenomena of nature, and this educative value he lost, and words which he did not fully understand, too often took the place of this knowledge. Too often the product as he left the hand of the mission-. ary was unbalanced; vain of his meager surface attainments he ostentatiously displayed these in the eyes of his unlearned brethren. I am glad to say there is now a disposition on the part of the missionary bodies to question the value of this method of education, and to endeavor to study the whole question in a scientific spirit, and not to take for granted that slavish copying of methods applied to Europeans...
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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797116
  • 9781236797117