Category Archives: education

Saving the West

“One of the leading philosophers of our time says Western culture will have to be handed down outside the ivory towers and college lecture halls – and he has strong reason to believe that its promulgators will be successful.”   The whole article is worth reading. http://blog.acton.org/archives/104156-sir-roger-scruton-how-to-preserve-freedom-in-the-west.html   There are many ways to rage against […]

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What we need in a science text

Science: “‘Scientific truths,’ said Descartes, ‘are battles won.’ Describe to the young the principal and most heroic of these battles; you will thus interest them in the results of science and you will develop in them a scientific spirit by means of the enthusiasm for the conquest of truth . . . How interesting Arithmetic […]

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Education, Sir John Lubbock

THE PLEASURES OF LIFE. __________ CHAPTER X. EDUCATION. “No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.” — BACON.                 “Divine Philosophy ! Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo’s lute, And a perpetual feast of nectar’d sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns.” SHAKESPEARE.   IT may seem rather surprising […]

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Narration: Don’t Do This

The following is an illustration of a style of questioning in school work not altogether uncommon : “In those days came John the Baptist preaching,” etc. Teacher: What times were they of which the text speaks? Students: Those days. Teacher: Ah, yes, those days, those days. Those days.  Well, what person is  spoken of in […]

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Sentences for copywork or the commonplace book

He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater.  Thomas a Kempis Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith.  Stand like a hero and battle till death. Wilson He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a […]

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