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My Ideal Preschool Program

Reading Too Soon-  Excerpt: There is a widely held belief in this country (and many others) that if we start teaching children to read, write, and spell in preschool and kindergarten that they will be ahead of the game (and their peers) by first grade. We think that pushing our kids to start early will […]

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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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