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CHAPTER IX 2.—THE WAY OF THE REASON           We should teach children, also, not to lean (too confidently) unto their own understanding because the function of reason is to give logical demonstration of (a) mathematical truth and (b) of initial ideas accepted by the will. In the former case reason is, perhaps, an infallible guide but in the latter is not always a safe one, for … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 9

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CHAPTER VIII  I.—THE WAY OF THE WILL           “We may offer to children two guides to moral and intellectual self-management which we may call ‘the Way of the Will’ and ‘the Way of the Reason.’           The Way of the Will: Children should be taught (a) to distinguish between ‘I want’ and ‘I will.’ (b) That the way to will effectively is to turn our … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 8

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 HOW WE MAKE USE OF MIND “We hold that the child’s mind is no mere sac to hold ideas but is rather, if the figure may be allowed, a ‘spiritual organism’ with an appetite for all knowledge. This is its proper diet with which it is prepared to deal and what it is able to digest and assimilate as the body does food-stuffs.          “Such a … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 7

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 THREE INSTRUMENTS OF EDUCATION I.—EDUCATION IS AN ATMOSPHERE           Seeing that we are limited by the respect due to the personality of children we can allow ourselves but three educational instruments —the atmosphere of environment, the discipline of habit and the presentation of living ideas. Our motto is,- Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life. When we say that education is an atmosphere we … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 6

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CONDENSED CHAPTER V THE SACREDNESS OF PERSONALITY These principles (i.e., authority and docility) are limited by the respect due to the personality of children which may not be encroached upon whether by the direct use of fear or love, suggestion or influence, or by undue play upon any one natural desire. PEOPLE are too apt to use children as counters in a game, to be … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 5

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CHAPTER IV  Authority and Docility The principles of Authority on the one hand and Docility on the other are natural, necessary and fundamental This deputed authority appearsto be lodged in everyone, ready for occasion. Every king and commander, every mother, elder sister, school prefect, every foreman of works and captain of games, finds that within himself which secures faithful obedience, not for the sake of … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 4

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CHAPTER III THE GOOD AN D EVIL NATURE OF A CHILD Children are not born bad but with possibilities for good and for evil.I.—WELL-BEING OF BODY A well-known educationalist has brought heavy charges against us all on the score that we bring up children as ‘children of wrath.’ He probably exaggerates the effect of any such teaching, and the ‘little angel’ theory is fully as … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 3

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CHILDREN ARE BORN PERSONS I.—The Mind of a Child The completeness of the new baby brother is what children admire most, his toes and his fingers, his ears and all the small perfections of him. But is the baby more than a ‘huge oyster’? ? That is the problem before us and hithertop.34educators have been inclined to answer it in the negative. Their notion is … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 2

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SELF-EDUCATION limbs trained to grace and agility, a hand, to dexterity and precision, an eye made to see and an ear to hear, a voice taught to interpret,—we know to-day that all these possibilities of joy in living should be open to every child, and we look forward even too hopefully to the manner of citizen who shall be the outcome of our educational zeal. … Continue reading Condensed Volume 6 Book 1 Chapter 1