Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 19

CHAPTER XIX ‘WHAT IS TRUTH?’ Moral Discrimination required by Parents           We are as a Nation Losing and Gaining in Truthfulness.—It is said that we English are no longer to be characterised as a truth-speaking people. This is a distressing charge, and yet we cannot put it away from us with a high hand. Possibly we are in a stage of civilization which does not … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 19

Parent and Children Volume 2 Chapter 18

CHAPTER XVIII SENSATIONS AND FEELINGS Feelings Educable by Parents                                                           ‘These beauteous forms                              Through a long absence, have not been to me                              As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye;                              But oft, in lonely rooms, and ’mid the din                              Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,                              In hours of weariness, sensations sweet                              Felt in the … Continue reading Parent and Children Volume 2 Chapter 18

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 17

CHAPTER XVII SENSATIONS AND FEELINGS Sensations Educable by Parents           Common sense.—Children whose parents have little theoretic knowledge of the values of the various food-stuffs are often thoroughly nourished; their parents rely on what they call common-sense; and the result is, on the whole, better than if scientific consideration were given to the family dietary. But this common-sense has usually scientific opinion for its basis, … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 17

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 16

CHAPTER XVI DISCIPLINE A Serious Study for Parents           Discipline is not Punishment.—‘What part does Discipline play in your system of education?’ We should hail the query as manifesting a cheering degree of interest if we were not quite sure that our interlocutor uses discipline as a euphuism for punishment. That conviction puts one’s mind into the attitude of protest. In the first place, we … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 16

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 15

CHAPTER XVIS IT POSSIBLE? The Attitude of Parents towards Social Questions           A Moral Crisis.—The economic aspects of the great philanthropic scheme[1] which brought timely relief to the national conscience before the setting in of the hard winter of 1891, are, perhaps, outside our province; but it has educational aspects which we are, in some measure, bound to discuss. In the first place, the children … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 15

Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 14

CHAPTER XIVPARENTS ARE CONCERNED TO GIVE THE HEROIC IMPULSE[1]           Heroic Poetry Inspires to Noble Living.—“To set forth, as only art can, the beauty and the joy of living, the beauty and the blessedness of death, the glory of battle and adventure, the nobility of devotion—to a cause, and ideal, a passion even—the dignity of resistance, the sacred quality of patriotism, dignity of resistance, the … Continue reading Parents and Children Volume 2 Chapter 14

Parents and Children Chapter 13

CHAPTER XIII FAITH AND DUTY Man lives by Faith, Godward and Manward         Things ‘Sacred’ and Things ‘Secular’ an Irreligious Classification.—There is a little involuntary resistance in our minds to any teaching which shall draw the deep things of our faith within the sphere of the laws which govern our development as human beings. We prefer that the commerce between God and the soul, in … Continue reading Parents and Children Chapter 13

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