Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. IV

IV           We find that public events, which must needs rouse reflection in all men, had their share in the education of ‘the Boy’: notable amongst these was the extraordinary calamity which, he tells us, deeply, for the first time, troubled his peace of mind. On 1st November 1755 occurred the earthquake of Lisbon, falling as a terrific shock upon a peaceful world. The earth … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. IV

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. III

III           Another fragment of his early education Goethe describes in words that must be quoted in order to do justice to the strength of the impression made on the little boy’s mind—           “In the house, my gaze was chiefly attracted by a row of Roman views with which my father had decorated an ante-room. Here I daily saw the Piazza del Popolo, the … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. III

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. II

II           Young Goethe’s father, who delighted in teaching, instructed his children himself; and there are still exercises of the boy preserved in the Frankfort library, in German, Latin, Greek, and French, written between his seventh and ninth years. These exercises show that the manner of instruction was immediate and interesting; the father dictating what had struck himself—some news of the day or some story … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. II

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. I

II A GENIUS AT ‘SCHOOL’ “Minds like Goethe’s are the common property of all nations.” —Carlyle. EVERY intimate and penetrating book has something of the nature of an autobiography. If it do not tell us what happened to the writer in the actual circumstances, it reveals what, in his idea, would have come to pass under such and such conditions. If this be true, how … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. I

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 20

CHAPTER XX SUGGESTIONS TOWARD A CURRICULUM (For children under Fourteen) PART I           Summary of Preceding Chapters.—I have left the consideration of a curriculum, which is, practically, the subject of this volume, till the final chapters; because a curriculum is not an independent product, but is linked to much else by chains of cause and consequence. The fundamental principles of docility and authority have been … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 20

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 19

CHAPTER XIX WE ARE EDUCATED BY OUR INTIMACIES PART III.—VOCATION           I might trace the consummation of various other affinities in these two illustrious subjects, but space fails; I can only indicate the joy of pursuing the acquaintanceship, followed by the endless occupation for mind and heart, in that high intimacy which we call the Vocation of each of these men of genius.           Turner’s … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 19

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 18

CHAPTER XVIII WE ARE EDUCATED BY OUR INTIMACIES PART II.—FURTHER AFFINITIES          Affinity for Material: Ruskin’s Opportunities.—Of the Affinity for Material, the joy of handling and making, Wordsworth says little, but Ruskin sent out feelers in this direction which began with ‘two boxes of well-cut wooden bricks’ and culminated, perhaps, in the road-making of the Oxford days:—           “I was afterwards,” he says, … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 18

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 17

CHAPTER XVII EDUCATION, THE SCIENCE OF RELATIONS: WE ARE EDUCATED BY OUT INTIMACIES: THE PRELUDE AND PRÆTERITA                “But who shall parcel out           His intellect by geometric rules,           Split like a province into round and square?           Who knows the individual hour in which           His habits were first sown, even as a seed?           Who … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 17

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 1. II

II             “Jörn shall study,” said his father; “that is understood. He shall be a land-agent. Let us drink to Jörn Uhl, the land-agent.” And they drank. So the notion got about the village that Jörn was destined for high things. He went to school to Lehrer Peters to be prepared for the gymnasium. It must have been good to see him on the … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 1. II

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 1. I

I TWO PEASANT BOYS I           JORN UHL[1] and Wilhelm Meister are books that parents should read. To mention a book of yesterday in the same breath as a world’s classic is bold, perhaps foolhardy, but in the two we get the two sides of the shield. Wilhelm Meister becomes, passively; circumstances play upon him, and he yields himself to this formative play. Jörn Uhl … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 1. I