Aims of Education

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 1967 - Education - 247 pages
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The general topic of this volume is education on its intellectual side. One main idea runs through the various chapters, and it is illustrated in them from many points of view. It can be stated briefly thus: the students are alive, and the purpose of education is to stimulate and guide their self-development. It follows as a corollary from this premise, that the teachers also should be alive with living thoughts. The whole book is a protest against dead knowledge, that is to say, inert ideas. - Preface.
 

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Contents

The Aims of Education
1
The Rhythm of Education
15
The Rhythmic Claims of Freedom and Discipline
29
Technical Education and Its Relation to Science and Literature
43
The Place of Classics in Education
61
The Mathematical Curriculum
77
Universities and their Function
91
The Organisation of Thought
103
The Anatomy of Some Scientific Ideas
121
Space Time and Relativity
155
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An English mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead provided the foundation for the shool of thought known as process philosophy. With an academic career that spanned from Cambridge to Harvard, Whitehead wrote extensively on mathematics, metaphysis, and philosophy. He died in Massachusetts in 1947.