Conflicting Principles in Teaching and How to Adjust Them

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byCharles Alexander Mcmurry

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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. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX ANTITHETICAL ELEMENTS IN SCHOOL STUDIES I. THE IDEALISTIC AND THE USEFUL In the curriculum of studies we find deep cleavages which separate the branches of knowledge into opposing groups, At least the representatives of each group are strongly partisan, and demand a monopoly of the educational field for their preferred studies. These contradictory tendencies, which lie in the very nature of different studies, have thrown educators into opposing camps, which have maintained their hostility through centuries of educational history. Two special groups of knowledge stand out as widely divergent if not directly antagonistic. They are the idealistic and the directly useful. The idealistic spirit is shown in romance and in fiction. The fairy tales, the old myths and legends; the wonder stories, heroic ballads, and lyric poems; the humorous extravagances of Munchausen and Cervantes, the epic poems and dramas of Homer, Milton, and Shakespeare--all these belong to the kingdom of the imagination. Here truth takes on poetical and sometimes freakish forms, and plays tricks with sober reality. Some teachers have but little appreciation or sympathy for this realm of poetry and idealism. They do not respond to its imagery or partake freely of its spirit. Darwin confessed in his later years that he had lost the power to enjoy Shakespeare. People of this temper feel, however, that they have not lost much, because a richer and more practical field of study awaits them in natural science, in geography and the useful arts. Exact scientific and mathematical truth based on facts and observed reality is what interests them. This second group, the useful and realistic studies, includes natural science in field and laboratory, history and civics, mathematics, commercial...

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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. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX ANTITHETICAL ELEMENTS IN SCHOOL STUDIES I. THE IDEALISTIC AND THE USEFUL In the curriculum of studies we find deep ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217697194

ISBN - 13:9780217697194

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