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

XI           As my point is to indicate how the education of the boy told in the life of the man, it is not necessary to follow further these most instructive records Aus Meinem Leben. Nowhere else, so far as I know, have we a minute, almost impersonal consideration of all the influences that went to the making of a man. That this was a … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. XI

18 Principles from Volumes 1-5

“The consequence of truth is great; therefore the judgment of it must not be negligent.” WHICHCOTE. Children are born persons. They are not born either good or bad, but with possibilities for good and evil. The principles of authority on the one hand and obedience on the other, are natural, necessary and fundamental; but— These principles are limited by the respect due to the personality … Continue reading 18 Principles from Volumes 1-5

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

X.           There is an unfortunate tendency at the present time to depreciate knowledge, which is indeed the chief instrument of education. Bible knowledge especially is discountenanced for several reasons. The utilitarian asks, “What is the use of teaching a child the more or less fabulous ‘history’ of the earlier books and the insignificant later records of one of the least among the nations?” while … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. X

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

IX           “The more I was allowed to work in this way the more I wanted to, and even my leisure hours were spent in all sorts of wonderful occupations. Already, since my earliest days, I had felt a strong impulse towards finding out about natural objects.           “I remember that as a child I often picked flowers to pieces to see how the petals … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. IX

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 22

CHAPTER XXII SUGGESTIONS TOWARDS A CURRICULUM PART III.—THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE           The Use of Books makes for Short Hours.—Considering that under the head of ‘Education by Books’ some half-dozen groups of subjects are included, with several subjects in each group, the practical teacher will be inclined to laugh at what will seem to him Education in Utopia. In practice, however, we find that the … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 22

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

VIII           The children’s interest in the theatre continued; many half-historical, half-mythological pieces were played then, and it came into ‘the Boy’s’ head that he himself could write such a piece. He did so, made a clean copy, and laid it before his friend Derones, who read it with great attention, and, in answer to a modest question, conceived that it was not impossible that … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. VIII

Formation of Character Volume 5 Chapter 2 Pt 4.VII

VII           The year 1759 was eventful for all the families in Frankfort, for then began the French occupation which lasted for a couple of years. Herr Goethe was especially afflicted. His new, or rather his restored, house was not yet completed, and, behold billeted upon him were Count Thorane, the King’s Lieutenant, with his staff. He could not reconcile himself to this invasion. The … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Chapter 2 Pt 4.VII

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 21

CHAPTER XXI SUGGESTIONS TOWARDS A CURRICULUM (For Children under Twelve) PART II.—SCHOOL-BOOKS         Books that supply the Sustenance of Ideas.—Mr H. G. Wells has put his finger on the place when he says that the selection of the right school-books is a great function of the educator. I am not at all sure that his remedy is the right one—or that a body of experts … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 21

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

VI           Thus, for the second time, circumstances compelled the young poet on the lines of his vocation. We hear, too, of his success as a story-teller, and the young of Frankfort wondered at his tale of The New Paris. At this time ‘the Boy’ appears to have had lessons with other youths; but things did not go well with him. p.325 The teacher was … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. VI

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

V           His seventh year (1756) brought a new public interest to the boy, the opening of the war which, he tells us, had for the next seven years great influence on his life. Frederick the Second, king of Prussia, had with 60,000 men fallen upon Saxony; and, instead of leaving the war to account for itself, had issued a manifesto showing why he invaded … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 4. Chapter 2. V