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By Herbert Spencer

Even supposing philosophers were pontificating on schooling and pedagogy given that precedent days, Victorian philosopher Herbert Spencer's principles approximately schooling proved to be instrumental in aiding to form sleek wondering educating and studying. The 4 essays accumulated during this quantity have been relatively influential in assisting to outline the liberal arts curricula that may take carry within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. A must-read for educators, homeschooling proponents, or someone drawn to studying techniques. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Hence, knowledge which subserves direct self-preservation by preventing this loss of health, is of primary importance. We do not contend that possession of such knowledge would by any means wholly remedy the evil. It is clear that in our present phase of civilisation, men's necessities often compel them to transgress. And it is further clear that, even in the absence of such compulsion, their inclinations would frequently lead them, spite of their convictions, to sacrifice future good to present gratification.

Through the accumulation of small injuries it is that constitutions are commonly undermined, and break down, long before their time. And if we call to mind how far the average duration of life falls below the possible duration, we see how immense is the loss. When, to the numerous partial deductions which bad health entails, we add this great final deduction, it results that ordinarily one-half of life is thrown away. Hence, knowledge which subserves direct self-preservation by preventing this loss of health, is of primary importance.

To suppose that deciding whether a mathematical or a classical education is the best is deciding what is the proper curriculum, is much the same thing as to suppose that the whole of dietetics lies in ascertaining whether or not bread is more nutritive than potatoes! The question which we contend is of such transcendent moment, is, not whether such or such knowledge is of worth but what is its relative worth? When they have named certain advantages which a given course of study has secured them, persons are apt to assume that they have justified themselves; quite forgetting that the adequateness of the advantages is the point to be judged.

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