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blundering in it; though here, as in the case of the ignorant doctor and careless architect, the penalties, unfortunately, are paid by his victims. If (as more commonly happens) he has siinply to give a class prescribed instruction, his smaller scope of action limits proportionally, the mischiei that may ensue ; but even then it is obviously desirable that his teaching should be as good as possible, and he is not likely to employ the best methods if he invents as he goes along, or simply falls back on his remembrance of how he was taught hinself, perhaps in very different circumstances I venture to think, therefore, that practical men in education as in most other things, may derive benefit from the knowl edge of what has already been said and done by the leading men engaged in it, botlı past and present.
All study of this kind, however, is very much impeded by want of books. “Good books are in German,” says Professor Seeley. I have found that on the history of Education, not only good books, but all books are in German, or some other foreign language.*
* When the greater part of this volume was already written, Mr. Parker published his sketch of the history of Classical Education (Essays on a Liberal Education, edited by Farrar). He seems to me to have been very successful in bringing out the most important features of his subject, but his essay necessarily shows marks of over-compression. Two volumes have also lately appeared on Christian Schools and Scholars (Longmans, 1867). Here we have a good deal of information which we want, and also, as it seems to me, a good deal which we do not want. The work characteristically opens with a loth century description of the personal appearance of St. Mark when he landed at Alexandria. The author treats only of the times which preceded the Council of Trent. A very interesting account of early English education has been given by Mr. Furniva!1, in the 2d and 3d numbers of the Quarterly Journal of Education (1867).
I have, therefore, thought it worth while to publish a few such imperfect sketches as these, with which the reader can hardly be less satisfied than the author. They may, howevei, prove useful till they give place to a better book.
Several of the following essays are nothing more than compilations. Indeed, a hostile critic might assert that I had used the scissors with the energy of Mr. Timbs and without his discretion. The reader, however, will probably agree with me that I have done wisely in putting before him the opinions of great writers in their own language. Where I am simply acting as reporter, the author's own way of expressing himself is obviously the best; and if, following the example of the gipsies and Sir Fretful Plagiary, I had disfigured other people's offspring to make them pass for my own, success would have been fatal to the purpose I have steadily kept in view. The sources of original ideas in any subject, as the student is well aware, are few, but for irrigation we require troughs as well as watersprings, and these essays are intended to serve in the humbler capacity
A word about the incomplete handling of my subjects. I have not attempted to treat any subject completely or even with anything like completeness. In giving a sketch of the opinions of an author, one of two methods must be adopted; we may give an epitome of all that he has said, oi by confining ourselves to his more valuable and characteristic opinions, may gain space to give these fully. As I detest epitomes I have adopted the latter method excl:isively, but I may sometimes have failed in selecting an author's most characteristic principles; and probably no two readers of a book would entirely agree as to what was most valuable in it: so my account must remain, after all, but a poor substitute for the author himself.
* Study of the old authors proves that the utterances of some of our most conspicuous reformers-of Mr. Lowe and Mr. Farrar, for instance-do not give much evidence of originality, as no doubt those gentlemen would readilv acknowledge.
For the part of a critic I have at least one qualification-practical acquaintance with the subject. As boy or master, I have been connected with no less than eleven schools, and my perception of the blunders of other teachers is derived mainly from the remembrance of my own. Some of iny mistakes have been brought home to me by reading works on education, even those with which I do not in the main agree. Perhaps there are teachers who on looking through the following pages may meet with a similar experience. Had the
essays been written in the order in which they stand, a good deal of repetition might have been avoided, but this repetition has at least the advantage of bringing out points which seem to me important; and as no one will read the book as carefully as I have done, I hope no one will be as conscious of this and other blemishes in it.
I much regret that in a work which is nothing if it is not practically useful, I have so often neglected to mark the exact place from which quotations are taken. I have myself paid the penalty of this carelessness in the trouble it has cost me to verily passages which seemed inaccurate.
The authority I have had recourse to most frequently is Raumer (Geschichte der Pädagogik). In his first two volumes he gives an account of the chief men connected with education, from Dante to Pestalozzi. The third vol. ume contains essays on various parts of education, and the fourth is devoted to German Universities. There is an En. glish translation, published in America, of the fourth volume only. I confess to a great partiality for Raumer-a partiality which is not shared by a Saturday Reviewer and by other competent authorities in this country. But surely a German author who is not profound, and is almost perspicuous, has some claim on the gratitude of English readers, if he gives information which we can not get in our own 'anguage. To Raumer I am indebted for all that I have written about Ratich, and almost all about Basedow. Elsewhere his history has been used, though not to the same exvent.
C. A. Schmid's Encyclopädie des Erziehungs-und Unterrichtswesens is a vast mine of information on everything connected with education. The work is still in prog
The part containing Rousseau has only just reached
I should have been glad of it when I was giving an account of the Emile, as Raumer was of little use to me.
Those for whom Schmid is too diffuse and expensive will find Carl Gottlob Hergang's Pidagogische Realencyclopädie useful This is in two thick volumes, and costs, to the best of my memory, about eighteen shillings. It was finished in 1847
The best sketch I have met with of the general liistory of education is in the article on Pädagogik in Meyer's Con
versations-Lexicon. I wish some one would translate this article; and I should be glad to draw the attention of the editor of an educational periodical, say the Museum or the Quarterly Journal of Education, to it.
I have come upon references to many other works on the nistory of Education, but of these the only ones I have seen are Theodore Fritz's Esquisse d'un Système complet d'instruction et d'éducation et de leur histoire (3 vols. Strasburg, 1843), and Carl Schmid's Geschichte der Pädogogik (4 vols.) The first of these gives only the outline of the subject. The second is, I believe, considered a standard work It does not seem to me so readable as Raumer's history, but is much more complete, and comes down to quite recent times.
For my account of the Jesuit schools and of Pestalozzi, the authorities will be found elsewhere (pp. 2 and 196). In writing about Comenius I have had much assistance from a life of him prefixed to an English translation of his School of Infancy, by Daniel Benham (London, 1858). For almost all the information given about Jacotot, I am indebted to Mr. Payne's papers, which I should not have ventured to extract from so freely if they had been before the public in a more permanent form.
I can not refer to any English works on the history of Education, except the essays of Mr. Parker and Mr. Furnivall, and Christian Schools and Scholars, which are mentioned above, but we have a very good treatise on the principles of education in Marcel's Language as a Means of Mental Culture (2 vols. London, 1853). Edgeworth's Practical Education seems falling into undeserved
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