Constrained Attitudes

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byFrank Moore Colby

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VI IMPATIENT "CULTURE" AND THE LITERAL MIND I Have been reading a gloomy article in the Didactic Monthly by a professor of the social sciences who is sorry he studied Greek. He loves it, he says, but doubts its "cultural value" or effectiveness in the "battle of life." "Would I trade my Greek," he exclaims, "considered both culturally and practically, for biology, for zoology, or for geology, let alone a combination (which would be a fairer equivalent) of these or similar other studies? A positive affirmative leaps to the lips." He finds that his teacher fooled him about the classics, for looking back from his middle age he perceives that Cicero was conceited and Thucydides left clauses hanging in the air in a way that no magazine editor would now tolerate. The teacher never told him this, but now as a "reflective graduate he sees it and feels that he has been duped." Of course, Greek should be better taught. Excellent Greek scholars, like eminent economists and sociologists, often seem strangely illnourished by what they feed on. That, indeed, is a frequent accident in the teaching profession--the teacher himself will often seem much damaged by his subject, no matter what the subject is. Educational writers are always blaming subjects instead of men, looking for some galvanic theme or method which when applied by a man without any gift for teaching to a mind without any capacity for learning will somehow produce intellectual results. It is a purely personal question and has nothing to do with Greek. It is odd that anyone should believe at this late date that any conceivable combination of geology, zoology, biology will save a man from these disasters. They happen daily at all points of the educational compass, in subjects the most modern and "culturally" vivaci...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VI IMPATIENT "CULTURE" AND THE LITERAL MIND I Have been reading a gloomy article in the Didactic Monthly by a professor of the social...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217912397

ISBN - 13:9780217912396

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