Excerpt from Wisconsin Journal of Education, 1879, Vol. 9: Organ of the State Teachers' Association and of the Department of Public Instruction
If this process of education is to continue beyond the three R's, something should now be introduced that will impart the information needed. Can we do better than supply that need by the study of geography? It will find a foundation to build upon in the knowl edge the child has already acquired through his perceptions. It is true that the natural sciences will do the same; but they instruct, each in its special line; while geography properly taught, will bestow that general knowledge of which the child is now in need. It will also furnish an indispensable introduction to all study of civilization past or present, and will greatly aid in forming just estimates of social surroundings.
There is, then. A point in a child's intellectual development at which the study of geography becomes his best means to a larger mental life; and he has just cause Of complaint against his teachers if they, through carelessness or lack Of apprehension, fail to put him in posses sion of its willing benefits. He has a right to every advantage it can confer; and it is their duty to have as clearly defined and correct aims in teaching him geography, as in teaching him writing or arithmetic.
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