Tracts on Popular Education

Tracts on Popular Education

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...and wills of the children. We venture to urge a principle in their training which has hitherto been observed--that what the teachers profess to communicate, however little it be, should be known profoundly. If children are in particular cases taught results, teachers should be instructed in principles. If children receive rules, teachers should understand reasons. During their training, rather let them learn how to study, than be crammed with disjointed information; for the one kind of instruction confers a power, and the other bestows an instrument. The one supplies a faculty that is improved by use; the other a machinery, that will soon be worn out and cannot be replaced. These remarks are made because the latter plan has, we believe, formed the principle of some normal schools with which we are acquainted, and because we wish the former ever to remain the law of our own. Twelve months is the period that has hitherto been devoted to this great work. It deserves profound consideration, whether, in the competition to which we shall before long be exposed, that period should not, at least under certain circumstances, be prolonged one-half. This alteration would require an increase of funds, and an increase in the number of applicants for admission to our schools. Let the proceedings of this Conference show that neither of these conditions throw insuperable obstacles in the way of realising an object so conducive to the success of our primary schools. We believe that we are doing in this way a more massive work than is effected by those who may raise an equal sum of money for agitating the educational energy of the people into nervous atrophy. The large funds that may be extracted by compulsion from the pockets of the people will enable...
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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570553
  • 9781236570550