Education in a democracy

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byDallas Lore Sharp

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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. 1922. Excerpt: ... famous "prep" school, quoted earlier in this book, and also beg him to study the statistics compiled by the Department of Education at Harvard, which "show that a higher degree of scholarship is reached by graduates of high schools at that college than by preparatory school boys," and that, "this fact is present in every department of the college." Public or private, a school is only a school, a machine; and the better school it is, the better machine it is, and the more machine-like is its product. The education for individuality can be had in no school: such education must come primarily from other sources--from the home first of all, from books and friends and nature; but, take it by and large, the individual, even as an individual, stands the best chance where he stands most nearly upon his own feet, with no helps but self-helps, and where he counts for what he is, not for what his parents are, or what they lay upon him. "The fallacy underlying" my suggestion that we all attend a common school, writes the headmaster of the Canterbury School (private, New Milford, Connecticut), is "that this method would be preoccupied with establishing a merely external uniformity; for it would be vain to hope that you could make all Young America remain at the same level of thought and emotion in regard, not to their country alone, but to the world in which they live." It certainly would be vain and as undesirable as vain. Who could dream of such a level, knowing the variety of human nature even among the children of the same parents! "Many of us," he goes on, "believe that there is no contradiction between the acquisition of culture and the preservation of true democracy"; as if culture were exclusively a thing of the private school! And as if most Americans did bel...

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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. 1922. Excerpt: ... famous "prep" school, quoted earlier in this book, and also beg him to study the statistics compiled by the Department of Educ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217710085

ISBN - 13:9780217710084

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