Lectures on Pedagogy, Theoretical and Practical; By Gabriel Compayr Translated, with an Introduction, Notes, and an Appendix, by W. H. Payne

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...by opposing bad acts by all the means in his power,--by punishments if need be. To promote the formation of good habits, he will have only to encourage the child in acting, and with the aid of time the habit will be formed. It is hardly possible to impose, in a trice, new habits which will be in ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...by opposing bad acts by all the means in his power,--by punishments if need be. To promote the formation of good habits, he will have only to encourage the child in acting, and with the aid of time the habit will be formed. It is hardly possible to impose, in a trice, new habits which will be in contradiction with the nature of the child. If the act which you command is repugnant to him, that act, performed contrary to his will, will not leave behind it a certain tendency to reproduce itself, which is the essential condition of the formation of habits. If, then, it is a question of habits that are somewhat difficult, to which the child does not tend of himself, try to manage the transitions; try to find the favorable moment when the action which we wish to transform into a habit will cost the child the least trouble. Let us be content, at first, if he performs the act with indifference; he will next repeat it with pleasure, and the habit will be formed. In a word, let us insinuate habits, not impose them. "A new idea," said Fontenelle, "is like a wedge,--it must not be driven in by the blunt end." 249. How Bad Habits Are To Be Corrected.--But whatever may be the supervision of the teacher, it is not claimed that under the influence of external circumstances a bad habit will not make its appearance in the child. Moreover, when he enters school the child has already contracted certain dispositions, certain bents of mind and of heart. Is it possible to correct the vicious element which custom has once introduced into the activity of the child? Certainly this is not an easy thing; and we might almost always despair of success, if we had no other means for attaining this end than to make a direct attack on the evil inclination which has becom...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150267550
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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