A Method for Educating Human Persons: Not Getting in the Way
1st Principle: Excellence in education requires the consistent application of a congruent method that reflects the nature of a child, the nature of knowledge, and the purpose of education.
To put the student in the natural position for forming these relations “by presenting the right idea at the right time” and “by forming the right habit upon the right idea”.
“Not getting in the way” of this very natural process and so preventing the establishment of the very relations which education seeks to form.
(b) Lectures, for which the teacher collects, arranges, and illustrates matter from various sources; these often offer knowledge in too condensed and ready prepared a form.
(c) Text-books compressed and recompressed from the big book of the big man.
(d) The use of emulation and ambition as incentives to learning in place of the adequate desire for, and delight in, knowledge.