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Education of the Adolescent1

Nature volume 119, pages 185187 (05 February 1927) | Download Citation



To form and to strengthen character; to train tastes which will dignify leisure; to awaken and guide intelligence, especially on its practical side: these are the three ends which the Consultative Committee of the Board of Education had in mind when framing the recommendations which have been embodied in its Report on the Education of the Adolescent, and, even though we may have some difficulty in discovering the exact dividing line between the qualities of the second and third, we must admit that they are ends which, if attained, would make formal education almost as vital to human life and activity as nutrition and reproduction. There are, of course, many forces which operate against the attainment of such ends, and not the least is the attitude of mind of the very committees which make such valuable recommendations.

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