Practical Education 1


    THE title of Mr. Legge's book is suggestive of a painting in the University of Bologna, in which Science is represented by a female figure with eyes in each of her extended hands. We are so apt to speak of “seeing” when we mean “perceiving” that we forget that the blind can see with their hands, and that science throughout the centuries has achieved most of her triumphs by the knowledge acquired by means of hand-work. It was early explained that the chief educational advantage of manual training was to exercise the hand from childhood as an instrument for acquiring knowledge, and so to create an additional perceptive sense.


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      The Thinking Hand; or, Practical Education in the Elementary School. By J. G. Legge . Pp. x+217: (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1914.) Price 8s. 6d. net.

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    Practical Education 1 . Nature 93, 633–635 (1914) doi:10.1038/093633d0

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