Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 12

CHAPTER XII FAITH AND DUTY Claims of Philosophy as an Instrument of Education           English Educational Thought tends towards Naturalism.—Since Locke established a school of English educational thought, based on English philosophy, our tendency has been exclusively towards naturalism, if not materialism; to the exclusion of a vital element in education—the force of the idea.         Madame de Staël has a remarkable passage concerning this tendency in … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 12

Parents and Children Chapter 11

CHAPTER XI FAITH AND DUTY (REVIEWS ) Parents as Teachers of Morals           Laws of Nature and Ways of Men.—Education, properly understood, is the science of life, and every attempt to formulate this science is to be hailed with interest, and with a measure of gratitude in proportion to its success. Thinking minds everywhere are engaged in furnishing their quota towards this great work, in … Continue reading Parents and Children Chapter 11

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 10

CHAPTER X BIBLE LESSONS Parents as Instructors in Religion           “The history of England is now reduced to a game of cards,—the problems of mathematics to puzzles and riddles. . . . There wants but one step further, and the Creed and Ten Commandments may be taught in the same manner, without the necessity of the grave face, deliberate tone of recital, and devout attention … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 10

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 9

CHAPTER IX THE CULTURE OF CHARACTER The Treatment of Defects           The Ultimate Object of Education.—Suppose the parent see that the formation of character is the ultimate object of education; see, too, that character is, in the rough, the inherited tendencies of the child, modified by his surroundings, but that character may be debased or ennobled by education; that it is the parents’ part to … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 9

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 8

CHAPTER VIII THE CULTURE OF CHARACTER Parents as Trainers “What get I from my father?Lusty life and vigorous will:What from my gentle mother?Cheerful days and poet’s skill,”[1] says Goethe; for poets, like the rest of us, are born, not made, and get the most of what they are from their parents. But it did not take poet or modern scientist to discover this; people have … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 8

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 7

CHAPTER VII THE PARENT AS SCHOOLMASTER          ‘The Schoolmaster will make him sit up!’—‘Sit up,’ that is, ‘come when he’s called,’ apparently, for the remark concerned a young person who went on spinning his top with nonchalance, ignoring an intermittent stream of objurgations from his mother, whose view was that bedtime had arrived. Circumstances alter cases, but is it unheard of in higher ranks of life … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 7

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 6

CHAPTER VI PARENTS AS INSPIRERS Primal Ideas derived from Parents           ‘One of the little boys gazing upon the terrible desolation of the scene, so unlike in its savage and inhuman aspects anything he had ever seen at home, nestled close to his mother, and asked with bated breath, “Mither, is there a God here?”’—John Burroughs.           The Chief Thing we have to do.—The last … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 6

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 5

CHAPTER V PARENTS AS INSPIRERS The Things of the Spirit           Parents, Revealers of God to their Children.—It is probable that parents as a class feel more than ever before the responsibility of their prophetic office.  It is as revealers of God to their children that parents touch their highest limitations; perhaps it is only as they succeed in this part of their work that … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 5

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 4

CHAPTER IV PARENTS AS INSPIRERS The Life of the Mind grows upon Ideas           ‘Sow and act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’           Summary of the Preceding Chapter.—The last chapter closed with an imperfect summary of what we may call the educational functions of parents. We found that it rests with the parents of the … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 4

Parents and Children Volume 1 Chapter 3

CHAPTER III PARENTS AS INSPIRERS Children must be born again into the Life of Intelligence           Parents owe a Second Birth to their Children.—M. Adolf Monod claims that the child must owe to his mother a second birth—the first into the natural, the second into the spiritual life of the intelligence and moral sense. Had he not been writing of women and for women, no … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 1 Chapter 3