Problems of the Elementary School by Arthur Cecil PerryProblems of the Elementary School by Arthur Cecil Perry

Problems of the Elementary School

byArthur Cecil Perry

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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: ... I THE ORGANIC STRUCTURE Civilized societies have developed many arguments in favor of the proposition of state support of education. Although some of these flow from philosophic and altruistic premises, it is evident that by far the most potent of all arguments is the practical, egoistic one of self-protection and self-preservation. In this the social group is but the analogue of the human individual, for although man has become so civilized a creature that under normal conditions his primal impulses are successfully submerged under the refinements of modern ideals, nevertheless his basic instincts persist and it takes but a little disturbance of normal condition to bring them to the surface. The most fundamental instinct, the very lifespring of the actions of primitive man, is that of selfpreservation. The modern man, in polite society, has inlaid and overlaid this elementary function with a mosaic of modern conventions, so that very many of his acts bear the stamp of genuine altruism. But let there be a disastrous fire on shipboard or in a crowded building, and rapidly indeed do the modern conventions fall away before the ancient impulses. Exceptionally fortunate is the record of such a disaster that does not show scores of men reduced to blind followers of the primal forces. Thus, however much altruism may function in the daily routine of the individual, we cannot ignore the fact that self-preservation and its correlated instincts remain the most potent regulators of the conduct both of men and of nations. Society recognizes, in general, two distinct requirements as to the education of its members which are necessary to its own proper development, namely, satisfactory, universal, mass intelligence, and a continuous and sufficient supply of exceptional ability...
Title:Problems of the Elementary SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217922767

ISBN - 13:9780217922760