Lectures on popular education

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1848 - Всего страниц: 90
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Lectures on Popular Education by George Combe, first published in 1848, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation.

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Стр. 39 - The voluntary outpouring of the public feeling, made to-day, from the North to the South, and from the East to the West, proves this sentiment to be both just and natural.
Стр. 34 - ... established on the positive truths of Christianity ; — 2. The German tongue, and in the Polish provinces, the vernacular language ; — 3. The elements of geometry and general principles of drawing ; — 4. Calculation and applied arithmetic ; — 5. The elements of physics, of general history, and of the history of Prussia ; — 6. Singing ; — 7. Writing; — 8. Gymnastic exercises : — 9. The more simple manual labors, and some instruction in the relative country occupations.
Стр. 20 - And though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet if he have not studied the solid things in them as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man, as any yeoman or tradesman competently wise in his mother dialect only.
Стр. 20 - that the child should be instructed in the arts which will be useful to the man;" since a finished scholar may emerge from the head of Westminster or Eton in total ignorance of the business and conversation of English gentlemen in the latter end of the eighteenth century.
Стр. 60 - ... complained of is, that the taste of men, whatever it might happen to be, has been made a standard for the formation of the female character. In whatever we do, it is of the utmost importance that the rule by which we work be perfect. For if otherwise, what is it but to err upon principle ? A system of education, which leads one class of human beings to consider the approbation of another as their highest object, teaches, that the rule of their conduct should be the will of beings, imperfect and...
Стр. 20 - ... of a family, and to behave properly when they have become such. In every part of her life, a woman feels some conveniency or advantage from every part of her education. It seldom happens that a man, in any part of his life, derives any conveniency or advantage from some of the most laborious and troublesome parts of his education.
Стр. 42 - Nothing has more contributed in this country to disparage the cause of classical education than the rendering it the education of all. That to many this education can be of little or no advantage, is a truth too manifest to be denied ; and on this admission the sophism is natural, to convert " useless to many" into
Стр. 44 - One great use of knowledge is the preservation of health. This, although greatly overlooked in established systems of education, is of paramount importance. Life depends on it, and also the power of exercising with effect all the mental functions. There are two modes of instructing an individual in the preservation of health ; the one by informing him as a matter of fact, concerning the conditions on which it depends, and admonishing him by way of precept to observe them, — the other by...
Стр. 38 - It is still too common a persuasion, that knowledge should be a monopoly, belonging solely to the learned and highly educated ; but there is a vast fund of information of the very highest value, which can be understood by persons who have had little previous tutoring either in school or university. There is a vast mass of knowledge which admits of easy explanation, and which could be comprehended by men of the most moderate education ; and why is it withheld from them ? Is the sun still to shine...
Стр. 40 - The works of nature want only to be contemplated. When contemplated, they have everything in them which can astonish by their greatness : for of the vast scale of operation through which our discoveries carry us, at one end we see an intelligent Power arranging planetary systems — fixing, for instance, the trajectory of Saturn, or constructing a ring of two hundred thousand miles diameter, to surround his body, and be suspended like a magnificent arch over the heads of his inhabitants; and at the...

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