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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1910 edition. Excerpt: ... Moral Education GENERAL SUGGESTIONS. One
of the principles of education may be expressed as being the fact
that the mind has its natural growth or development when the
knowledge that it contains is the product of its own action upon
the facts presented to it, or is founded upon such action upon the
part of others, just as natural physical growth is the product of
the action of the inner forces upon physical food. Experience or
observation being the general foundation of knowledge, the
foundation of moral knowledge would be, therefore, no statements or
precepts, but the observation or experience of conduct, developing
what is right and what is wrong. Through parents' or instructors'
guiding a child's observation by means of questioning, the moral
precept should thus come from the child himself. The golden rule,
for example, would not be given to a child as a tradition, but,
through the directing of his observation and reasoning, be made a
part of his own thinking--one of his own conclusions. A child has
naturally, from contact with parents and companions, a small stock
of ideas based upon his own observation, and that is actually his
own, although it may be distorted by selfinterest. As with
education in general, he should not be hindered by being told what
under ordinary circumstances he should be able to perceive for
himself. Just as lack of exercise and proper food will dwarf his
bodily growth, so lack of observation and reasoning, with lack of
material for mental and moral growth, must tend to dwarf the growth
of his mind and character. Definite moral education, by bringing
the moral element in conduct to attention, should tend to cause
more habitual consideration for it. As learning proceeds from the
concrete to the abstract, from the known...
|Country of origin:
A G Flack
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