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”

The Epistemic Closure of the Left pt 2: Method, Goals

Continued from part 1, Definitions, Origins. Method Just as the compulsory, state-run, graded classroom model, with the weight of government funding and enforcement behind it, eventually crushed all competing models, the research university crushed or assimilated all those classic liberal arts colleges. The complete conquest of k-12 took until the 1960s; post secondary education didn’t … Continue reading “The Epistemic Closure of the Left pt 2: Method, Goals”

The Epistemic Closure of the Left pt 1: Definitions, Origins

Below I start to work through some ideas. I’ll try to finish this up soon in part 2: Method, Goal. Work in progress. When working things through, I tend to write in a stiff, quasi-academic style which even I don’t like to read. Sorry about that. Here I will be using a simplified, practical definition … Continue reading “The Epistemic Closure of the Left pt 1: Definitions, Origins”

No to Gender Theory: 3 Reasons

Still beating myself up over having done such a woefully poor job stating the rational reasons why anyone of good will and sound mind should reject Gender Theory. So, assuming there are people willing to consider being swayed in their support for this bit of carefully-constructed propaganda by reasonable arguments (both such posited people are … Continue reading “No to Gender Theory: 3 Reasons”

Great Books: A Paean and Cautionary Tale

As mentioned previously here, and as spelled out in more, and more current, detail at Rotten Chestnuts, college education has been made into a cesspool of idiocy, bad ideas and evil intent. I do not exaggerate: Just as I would have gladly let my children wander the street all day unsupervised than send them to … Continue reading “Great Books: A Paean and Cautionary Tale”

The State of Education

Yea, yea, beating a dead horse. Here I collect, organize and expand upon a number of themes that converge to get us to the sorry state we now find ourselves in. Expanding on a Twitter thread I wrote this morning: When William Torrey Harris said “substantial education” (greatly facilitated by the graded classroom model being … Continue reading “The State of Education”