Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure V

Concluding this review with the final lecture in the series. Lecture I review here, Lecture II here, Lecture III here, Lecture IV here. Going into more detail than usually is possible, including just pasting the the entire lecture below, because of Harris’s importance in advancing compulsory state schooling, and the lectures are short enough to admit of it. This final … Continue reading “Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure V”

Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure IV

Continuing this review. Lecture I review here, Lecture II here, Lecture III here. Going into more detail than usually is possible, including just pasting the the entire lecture below, because of Harris’s importance in advancing compulsory state schooling, and the lectures are short enough to admit of it. One more after this one. Another lecture written as … Continue reading “Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure IV”

Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure III

LECTURE III. January 21st, 1893. OPPOSITION BETWEEN PESTALOZZI AND HERBART AS EDUCATIONAL LEADERS. (found here. Lecture I review here, Lecture II here.) This lecture is one run-on paragraph. I will break it up for convenience of discussion: Pestalozzi laid great stress on sense-perception as the foundation of all school education. Herbart lays stress on the elaboration of … Continue reading “Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure III”

Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure II

LECTURE II. Saturday, January 14, 1893. PROBLEMS PECULIAR TO AMERICAN EDUCATION. (found here. Lecture I review here.) Harris begins his second lecture by describing what he means by ‘substantial education’: There are two kinds of education. The first may be called substantial education, the education by means of the memory; the education which gives to … Continue reading “Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure II”

Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure I

Turns out my man William Torrey Harris never wrote a book on his philosophy of education, but after the manner of Fichte, delivered himself of a lecture series on the subject. Given in 1893, they are a mercifully short series of mercifully short lectures. Harris gave 5 short lectures. I’ll take them one at a … Continue reading “Book Review: William Torrey Harris – The Philosophy of Education, Lecure I”

Education History: Connections

Possibly interesting stuff, perhaps not dead-on topic. We are at the Yard Sale of the Mind, after all. You know how when you get a car, you immediately notice all the similar models driving around, that had, being just cars and all, previously escaped your notice? No? Well, whenever I delude myself into thinking I … Continue reading “Education History: Connections”

Education History Book Review: More Rise & Growth of the Normal School Idea in the United States by J. P. Gordy (1891)

Getting back to Gordy’s epic circular, before moving on to a few books he references that sound interesting. First, some long quotations, recounting the state of teacher training in the 1830s in New York. At the time, three ‘academies’ had taken it upon themselves to set up teacher training programs, and their graduates were filling … Continue reading “Education History Book Review: More Rise & Growth of the Normal School Idea in the United States by J. P. Gordy (1891)”

Bait & Switch: More Education History

In his Rise and Growth of the Normal School Idea, Gordy goes after the Lancasterian school movement hard. Lancasterian schools were, effectively, one-room schools writ large: one teacher would oversee many students of different ages, perhaps a hundred or more. He would assess what each child needed to learn, and assign students to teach each … Continue reading “Bait & Switch: More Education History”

Education History Book Review: Rise & Growth of the Normal School Idea in the United States by J. P. Gordy (1891)

Rabbit hole time! The best part of Burns’ Catholic School System in the United States is all the great references to old, obscure books, most of which are available online for free. The worst part? Same thing. Then, there are the sources mentioned in the sources, which are also readily available and have proven very … Continue reading “Education History Book Review: Rise & Growth of the Normal School Idea in the United States by J. P. Gordy (1891)”

Book Review: Burn’s “Catholic School System in the United States”, part 1: Introduction

Reviewing – really, putting out my notes to the text – on this book a bit at a time, as it and its companion volume are long. Fr. Burns wrote much of this as his PhD thesis at Catholic University in 1906, and expanded and published it as a book in 1908, and then a … Continue reading “Book Review: Burn’s “Catholic School System in the United States”, part 1: Introduction”