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The Theory of American Education free pdf Excerpt from The Theory of American Education The epoch is a notable one in history. Three years after the partnership of Faust-Gutenberg, Constantinople fell into the hands of the Turks, and the Eastern Empire closed its career. The "Wars of the Roses" depopulated England of her nobility to such an extent that the royal power rose nearly to absolutism in the dynasty of kings that followed, and in the next reaction, the power of the Commons came uppermost. In Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella united their crowns, and drove out the last vestige of Moorish power from Europe the same year that "Genoese Columbus launched his adventurous fleet into the Western ocean." The Medici family were at the height of their power in Florence, and Lorenzo the Magnificent ascended the throne the same year that Caxton completed the history we have named. Under his reign were born the great Michael Angelo and the great Raphael. Marcilius Ficinus, the reviver of the profound study of Plato and the Platonists of Alexandria, was his schoolmaster. What with the revival of learning and the discovery of new worlds, the mastery over the Moslem, the invention of printing, and the bloom of romantic art, the "Time River," as Goethe calls it, was indeed swollen to overflowing, and in the age following there arose in Europe the modern States system, and the "Balance of Power" developed through the wars of Charles the Fifth with Francis the First and Henry the Eighth. At this epoch appeared the Reformation, and the new impulse toward independence of authority. Luther, Erasmus and Melancthon appear at the same time as Copernicus, with the "true system of the Universe," and Roger Ascham, the schoolmaster, teaching Greek to Queen Elizabeth. With the spread of the art of printing came the cheapening of books and the stimulus to popular education. According to Diesterweg, the eminent German educator, "the present system of common or public schools - that is, schools which are open to all children under certain regulations - dates from the discovery of printing, in 1436, when books began to be furnished so cheaply that the poor could buy them." He remarks: "Especially after Martin Luther had translated the Bible into German, and the desire to possess and understand that invaluable book became universal, did there also become universal the desire to know how to read. Men sought to learn, not only for the sake of reading the Scriptures, but also to be able to read and sing the psalms and to learn the catechism. For this purpose schools for children were established which were essentially reading-schools. Reading was the first and principal study- next came singing, and then memorizing texts, songs, and the catechism. At first the ministers taught- but afterwards the duty was turned over to the inferior church officers, the choristers and sextons. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : William Torrey Harris
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330230752
EAN : 9781330230756
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Number of Pages : 26 pages
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