Boy Life And Self-government

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byGeorge Walter Fiske

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1910 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV THE BOY'S HOME This chapter touches the spot of the most serious weakness and the finest possibilities in the whole range of the boy problem: the Home, the inner social environment where the boy's character is initially made or ruined. Other things are important; this is all important. Other influences are mighty; but the strong, splendid home is normally invincible in the making of character. If the club or gang is evil, something is lost; if the Y. M. C. A. is missing or the public school defective, much is lost; if the church is weak and impotent, because not virile, still more is lost; but if the home is wrong, the boy is lost. That is, this is the rule; but all rigid formulas fail in Boyville, and a lost boy is simply a boy not yet found; and a splendid host are hunting for him, following the blazed trail of the Master of Men, that Saviour-Shepherd who never quits his wandering-boy quest. We all doubtless share the faith of the hopeful boy lover that there is some way to find and save every sane boy. A really incorrigible boy is abnormal, a case for the doctor or the surgeon or the alienist--not the minister. But we shall all readily agree, and the longer we have worked with boys the more heartily we shall agree, that Professor Peabody is right in his assertion that a boys' club is in most respects only a substitute for the perfect home, and that practically all other agencies for boy betterment are merely supplementary to the home. As Dr. Peabody says: "A good boy is the natural product of a good home; and all the efforts of philanthropy to make boys better are consciously imperfect substitutes for the natural influences of a healthyminded home. The great and overshadowing peril of a boy's life is not, as many suppose, his bad companions, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1910 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV THE BOY'S HOME This chapter touches the spot of the most serious weakness and the finest possibilities in the whole ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217689655

ISBN - 13:9780217689656

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