Sloyd

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 52 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. MANUAL TRAINING AS A FACTOR IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION. Paper read before the Boston Society for the Advancement of Physical Education, Feb. Ii, 1897. It is very gratifying to me to be invited to say a few words to this learned society on the possibilities of manual training as a factor in physical education. I have devoted many years to the study and teaching of manual training, not with a view to rapidly acquiring skill, but always looking upon it as a branch of general education. I hope that my strong interest in my subject, together with the pictures and tools I have brought with me, will enable me to make my ideas clear to you. I cannot, of course, answer for all the methods of manual training practised in the schools. I shall only speak of my own personal aims and experience, and point out the chief principles governing that form of manual training known as Sloyd. I shall endeavor to show that the promoters of Sloyd have made special provision for promoting healthy physical and mental growth in its arrangement of exercises and in the choice of tools and material. I believe that these facts have not always been understood by the promoters of physical education. As there are many mistaken notions about Sloyd, allow me to state briefly what it stands for and to correct some common misapprehensions on the subject. "Sloyd is tool work, so arranged and employed as to stimulate vigorous, intelligent self-activity for a purpose which the boy recognizes as good." It is not merely, as some people think, a system of manual training, employing a few small tools for making a certain set of small things particularly adapted for small children. It is a system which makes use of more tools and more exercises than any other course of manual training known to me; and it is ...

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