Year-Book of the National Herbart Society for the Scientific Study of Teaching Volume 3

Year-Book of the National Herbart Society for the Scientific Study of Teaching Volume 3

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...as purely preparatory subjects, valueless in themselves, and only of consequence in view of the use to be made of them afterwards. They are knife-andfork studies, that only justify their existence when applied to other studies that may represent the dinner. The distinction is good enough as a working hypothesis, and has done capital service in fighting the battle of higher education for the masses, but underlying it is an assumption that cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged. Is it possible to exercise the mind without in any way changing it, without, in other words, educating it? If reading means nothing more than uttering the sounds. represented by certain symbols, if writing demands no more than the reproduction of certain arbitrary signs, if arithmetic limits itself to the mechanical application of certain rules, there may be some justification for the distinction between purely knife-and-fork studies and dinner studies, though even then it may be objected that the most mechanical of actions begins originally in the upper brain, however speedily the direction of it may be transferred to the lower. But as a matter of fact, even in the most rule-of-thumb teaching, reading, writing, and arithmetic imply more than the above limitations would permit However badly a child is taught to read, he cannot help attaching some meaning to what he reads. A child cannot learn to read without at the same time learning something about what he reads. So intimate indeed is the connection between the purely mechanical and the intelligent that we have the highest authority for saying that concentration on the merely mechanical is a positive hindrance to the cultivation even of the mechanical. Says Mr. Moseley in his report on Dean Dawes'...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686591X
  • 9781236865915