Great Educators of Three Centuries: Their Work and Its Influence on Modern Education

Great Educators of Three Centuries: Their Work and Its Influence on Modern Education

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Great Educators of Three Centuries: Their Work and Its Influence on Modern Education

Great Educators of Three Centuries: Their Work and Its Influence on Modern Education

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It has now come to be understood that a series of essays upon the educational reformers cannot by any stretch of the imagination be termed a 'history of education.' The biographical and personal details must be subordinated and brought into perspective, and a suitable historical and philosophical connection given a work, before it can be so dignified. The present volume, therefore, is not intended to be a continuation of my History of Education before the Middle Ages and my treatment of the Middle Ages and the Transition to Modern Times. To a certain extent it duplicates material toward the end of the latter volume, and it largely anticipates my History of Education in Modern Times, but the nature and purpose of the present work are quite different.

I have felt that an account of the life and work of the men who, during the past three centuries, have introduced various innovations and reforms into modern education might contain interest and value for many who would never read a more comprehensive and unified production. I have, however, made some attempt as well to present the social setting of each reformer. Moreover, although the facts of biography are narrated somewhat at length, an effort has been made to elimi-

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