Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (9)

THE AWKWARD AGE             Indeed, this, of the growing boy or girl, is not only an awkward, but a critical stage of life. For the first time, the young people are greatly occupied with the notion of their own rights: their duties are nowhere. Not what they own, but what is due to them, it is, that oppresses their minds. “It’s a shame,” “It’s … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (9)

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HOME TRAINING—MORAL             (a) Honour towards Parents.—This brings us to the consideration of that education in morals which the young people must get at home, or not at all. The chief of their duties, that which should be kept always before the young, is the duty they owe to their parents: from this stem, all their other duties, to kindred, commonwealth, and neighbours, branch … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (8)

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HOME TRAINING—INTELLECTUAL             The intellectual training of the young people must be left, in the main, to the school authorities. It is useless to remark further upon the subjects or the methods of study; the schoolmaster settles all that, and he, as we have seen, is greatly influenced by the lines laid down by certain examining bodies. Even where the teaching of the school … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Part 3. Chapter 1 (7)

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 10

CHAPTER X SOME UNCONSIDERED ASPECTS OF PHYSICAL TRAINING PERHAPS never since the days of the Olympian games has more attention been paid to physical culture than it receives in England to-day. But possibly this physical cult suffers from the want of unity and sanctity of purpose which nullifies to a considerable extent most of our educational efforts.           Does our Physical Culture make Heroes?—We want … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 10

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 9

CHAPTER IX A GREAT EDUCATIONALIST (A REVIEW)           We look to Germany for Educational Reform.—We in England require, every now and then, to pull ourselves together, and to ask what they are doing on the Continent in the way of education. We still hark back to the older German educational reformers. We may not know much of Comenius, Basedow, Ratich; we do know something of … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 9

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (6)

HOME TRAINING—PHYSICAL             It is not necessary to discuss here the respective merits of large and small schools, of day and boarding schools. We may assume at once that the discipline of the school is so valuable, that the boy or girl who grows up without it is at a disadvantage through life; while, at the same time, the training of the school is … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (6)

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (5)

GIRLS’ SCHOOLS   Girls are, on the whole, worse off than boys as regards what they get out of school life. There is an element of generosity, of free and friendly “give and take” in boys’ games, which is wanting to the girls. Beautiful and lasting girl friendships are formed in most schools, but girls do not always do each other good; perhaps because they … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (5)

School Education Volume 3 Chapter 8

CHAPTER VIII CERTAIN RELATIONS PROPER TO A CHILD           GEOLOGY, mineralogy, physical geography, botany, natural history, biology, astronomy—the whole circle of the sciences is, as it were, set with gates ajar in order that a child may go forth furnished, not with scientific knowledge, but with, what Huxley calls, common information, so that he may feel for objects on the earth and in the heavens … Continue reading School Education Volume 3 Chapter 8

Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (4)

SCHOOL GOVERNMENT             The playground does invaluable work, and has much to do with the making of what is best and most characteristic in Englishmen; but, indeed, the training of the playground, as that of the schoolroom, is incomplete. The fact is, that the discipline of schoolroom and playground alike is largely carried on by stimulating and balancing, one against another, those desires which … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (4)

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THE PLAYGROUND             This parental duty is the more to be insisted on, because school life is so exigeant that the modern schoolboy or girl is nearly as much given up by parents as was the Spartan child of whom the State took possession. The boys and girls away at school are treated very much as visitors while at home, made much of at … Continue reading Formation of Character Volume 5 Pt 3. Chapter 1 (3)