More Money for the Public Schools

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Doubleday, Page, 1903 - Education - 193 pages
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Page 41 - Experience keeps a dear School, but Fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true, we may give Advice, but we cannot give Conduct...
Page 25 - It was a stupendous undertaking at the start, and the difficulties have increased with every generation. Our forefathers expected miracles of prompt enlightenment; and we are seriously disappointed that popular education has not defended us against barbarian vices like drunkenness and gambling, against increase of crime and insanity, and against innumerable delusions, impostures, and follies. We ought to spend more public money on schools, because the present expenditures do not produce all the good...
Page 21 - that if the American people were all well-to-do they would multiply by four or five times the present average school expenditure per child and per year ? That is, they would make the average expenditure per pupil for the whole school year in the United States from $60 to $100 for salaries and maintenance, instead of $17.36 as now. Is it not obvious that instead of providing in the public schools a teacher for forty or fifty pupils, they would provide a teacher for every ten or fifteen pupils ? "...
Page 168 - ... any other object. The answer to that pessimism is that public expenditure for schools and for many other objects has been greatly increased within the past thirty years, and that almost all citizens hold that school expenditure ought to be increased even though the total expenditures of the community should not rise, because, if judiciously made, it yields a larger and quicker return — material, mental, and moral — than any other expenditure.
Page 33 - The nature of the daily reading matter supplied to the American public, too, affords much ground for discouragement in regard to the results thus far obtained by the common schools. Since one invaluable result of education is. a taste for good reading, the purchase by the people of thousands of tons of ephemeral reading matter, which is not good in either form or substance, shows that one great end of popular education has not been attained.
Page 32 - Again, the nature of the daily reading matter supplied to the American public affords much ground for discouragement in regard to the results thus far obtained by the common schools. It would be easy to point out encouraging symptoms in regard to the reading of the people ; but the most obvious phenomenon is that the people consume, and seem to demand, vast quantities of daily reading matter, which is coarse, trivial, and unimproving, and even immoral in parts.
Page 172 - ... sometimes a purchasable will. Congress has repeatedly disappointed the people in respect both to its intelligence and to its magnanimity, and with a rather piteous recognition of its own incapacity it has repeatedly taken refuge in the discretion of the Executive. Most persons will also agree that the courts of our country are as a whole less efficient and less respected to-day than they were a generation or two generations ago. Their decline is painfully apparent in criminal matters and is plainly...
Page 127 - Philanthropists, social philosophers, and friends of free institutions, is that the fit educational outcome of a century of democracy in an unde1 Eliot, More Money for the Public Schools, p.
Page 176 - ... readiness to rely on the intense reality of the universal sentiments to which Jesus appealed or to go back to the simple preaching of the gospel of brotherhood and unity — of love to God and love to man. So the church as a whole has to-day no influence whatever on many millions of our fellowcountrymen, called Jews or Christians, Protestants or Catholics though they be. We still believe that the voluntary church is the best of churches, because a religion which is accepted under compulsion is...
Page 83 - Arithmetic is a very cheap subject to teach ; so are spelling and the oldfashioned geography. As to teaching history in the old-fashioned way, anybody could do that who could hear a lesson recited. To teach nature studies, geometry, literature, physiography, and the modern sort of history requires well-informed and skillful teachers, and these cost more than the lesson-hearers did.

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