Technical Education; What It Is, And What American Public Schools Should Teach. An Essay Based On…

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byCharles B. Stetson

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. VALUE OF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. The numerous extracts given in this chapter show clearly, among other things, that, 1. The person who has general charge of any business should understand that business both theoretically and practically. His knowledge of principles should be such as to enable him to instruct any subordinate requiring instruction, to determine at once the comparative value of different processes of work, or to invent new ones when emergencies require it. In a word, he should be able to reach just conclusions at once by his knowledge of principles, and not slowly by "trial and error." He should be workman enough to know when work is well done, that he may not be cheated by those under him, and that he may be able to render justice unto all by duly discriminating between the skilled and the unskilled laborer. He should understand his business as a whole, and the relation of each part to the si whole. Neither skilled workmen nor tariffs can compensate for stupidity on the part of the superintendent. Only the very few exceptional geniuses, like Stephenson, become thus qualified to take charge of enterprises, great or small, without special school instruction. 2. The workman should not only be dexterous in manipulation; he should certainly know so much of the theory of his business as will enable him readily to comprehend all instructions, verbal or graphic, given for his guidance. The more extended and thorough his knowledge of principles, the better. Such a workman requires very little supervision: he executes with rapidity; he wastes the least possible; he adapts himself readily to new methods; he devises novel and better ways for doing even the simplest things; he is the first to be promoted; he is the last to be discharged; he a...

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. VALUE OF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. The numerous extracts given in this chapter show clearly, among other things, that...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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