The Modern Teacher: Essays on Educational Aims and Methods


    THIS attractive volume contains ten essays, by writers of undoubted authority, on the chief subjects of school curricula, including civics, but excluding art and music. As each author has written independently of the others, there is a refreshing diversity in the modes of treatment. These vary from what is almost an apology by Mr. George Smith for the teaching of classics to Mr. A. W. Lucy's confident assurance, which allows him to plunge straight into practical details, in the case of mathematics. Even in defining the chief aims of education the essayists give conflicting opinions—which is all to the good, for it is when we think alike that we have ceased to think at all. In the section on science, for example, Mr. F. W. Sanderson reaffirms that it is the duty of education to “teach the average man the glory of his daily work and trade.” The conspicuous success which has attended Mr. Sanderson's work at Oundle School makes his contribution to the volume a welcome one; the more so since, besides stating his ideals, he has indicated the lines along which they may be approached in practice.

    The Modern Teacher: Essays on Educational Aims and Methods.

    A. Watson Bain. With an Introduction by Sir W. Henry Hadow. Pp. xv + 272. (London: Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1921.) 10s. 6d. net.

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