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CHAPTER THREE. THE LEARNING PROCESS. Every ultimate fact is only
the first of a new series. ?Emerson. EDUCATION comes not from the
outside, but from the inside; not by accretions, but by
enlargement. A quotation from Browning may serve to reinforce this
statement and, at the same time, indicate the general trend of the
present chapter. He says: Truth is within ourselves; it takes no
rise From outward things, whate'er you may believe. There is an
inmost center in us all Where truth abides in fullness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, This perfect clear
perception ? which is truth. A baffling and preventing carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error; and to know, Rather consists in
opening out a way Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, Than
in effecting entry for a light Supposed to be without. This seems
to be a reversal of the commonly accepted view as revealed in the
expression, "getting an education." If Browning is right, then this
expression has no warrant and we must reconstruct our nomenclature.
Education is a process and nota product. We can get products but
not processes. We can get material things but not immaterial
things, not spiritual things. And education is spiritual. We may
become educated but we do not get an education. This fact needs
emphasis in order to have a clear understanding that education is a
process. This process begins at birth and continues throughout
life. It is not confined to schools by any means. Schools are
useful in accelerating the process by organizing and systematizing
the materials that are used in this process. Arithmetic, grammar,
and geography are some of the materials that are commonly used to
help the process on. Education is a movement extending upward and
outward and these branches of study ...
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