The Philosophy of Teaching

The Teacher, The Pupil, The School

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Author: Nathaniel Sands
Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,356 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.6
LoC Category: LB
Downloads: 849
Added to site: 2009.10.20
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Genre: Instructional
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ind hungers and feels out for and is impelled by a natural internal impulse to gather to itself the elements of knowledge; the wise teacher steps forward and becomes to the germinating intellect what the sun and dew and rain are to the plant. The mind must be fed in conformity with its longings, its wants, its desires. "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness." The teacher develops this hunger and thirst by stimulating inquiry, and by presenting to the mind the use and beauty of knowledge; and when the mind gives signs that its hunger is temporarily appeased, that time is now required for mental digestion and assimilation, the wise teacher rests, and would no more attempt to stuff and cram the mind than the wise mother would seek to force food into her child's stomach.

Intellectual growth of some kind, not less than bodily growth, whether good or evil, is constantly taking place. It should be the teacher's care to render that growth a healthy one, calculated to insure the happiness

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