THE MATERIAL FOR EDUCATION : THE LEARNING PROCESS
All the changes that are produced in human intellect, character and skill happen in accord with, and as the result of, certain fundamental laws of change. The first is the Law of Exercise, that, other things being equal, the oftener or more emphatically a given response is connected with a certain situation, the more likely it is to be made to that situation in the future. Thus, by repeatedly inducing a child to respond to the question, 'How many are four and two?', by saying, 'Six,' a bond is formed between that situation and that response. This law may be more briefly stated as: -- 'Other things being equal, exercise strengthens the bond between situation and response.'
The law of exercise.
This law needs no comment. It is the most commonly recognized law of human behavior. The need is rather of emphasis upon the other things which may be unequal. Chief among them are the consequences of the response, whose