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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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Formal Education (and Screens) Too Early Causes Later Delays

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” paediatric occupational therapist Sally Payne from the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust told The Guardian. More here Early Academics is not doing the kids any favors: “Early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific […]

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