Historical Foundations of Modern Education

Historical Foundations of Modern Education

Historical Foundations of Modern Education

Historical Foundations of Modern Education

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This book represents a selection of materials which the writer has found useful in his own teaching of the history of education. For some years it has been in large part the subject of class lectures and discussions and has been put in permanent form so as to be more available to students.

The basis of selection throughout has been to take those aspects of the past which are essential both for an understanding of the developing Western tradition and practice of education and for a broad comprehension of many essential educational problems of the present day. This policy of selection has resulted in the elimination of much material which has customarily been included in textbooks in the history of education, and in the placing of relatively greater emphasis upon certain phases of the past which have been either slighted or altogether neglected. An example in point may be taken from the treatment in the book of the development of Christianity. Here an effort has been made to describe primitive Christianity as a religion and to point out how certain intellectual and psychological elements in the course of the first three centuries of our era came to be a constituent part of the Christian dogma and way of life. It is absolutely essential for a true comprehension of many points of active controversy . . .

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