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Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects

Everyman's Library

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Author: Herbert Spencer
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 145,580 / 446 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 35.1
LoC Categories: PN, L
Downloads: 801
Added to site: 2005.08.12
mnybks.net#: 11387
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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other people. The young human being, unlike the puppy or the kitten, is not confined to the use of his own senses as sources of information and discovery; but can enjoy the fruits of a prodigious width and depth of observation acquired by preceding generations and adult members of his own generation. A recent illustration of this extension of the method of observation in teaching to observations made by other people is the new method of giving moral instruction to school children through photographs of actual scenes which illustrate both good morals and bad, the exhibition of the photographs being accompanied by a running oral comment from the teacher. In this kind of moral instruction it seems to be possible to interest all kinds of children, both civilised and barbarous, both ill-bred and well-bred. The teaching comes through the eye, for the children themselves observe intently the pictures which the lantern throws on the screen; but the striking scenes thus put before them probably lie in most instances

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