Written before, but published after The First World War, this volume’s plea for a national system of education which will produce a nation of prosperous, morally fulfilled people able to live at peace with other nations is doubly poignant given the sacrifice of the ‘lost generation’. However, the author also sees the horror of the War as an opportunity to change human destiny through education, an opportunity to abandon the narrow system of education in favour of one which will ‘bring education in touch with life’ and provide Britain with the intellectual and moral efficiency necessary to steer her through the following turbulent years of the twentieth century.
Covering the core subjects of the English school curriculum in the early twentieth century the chapters in The Modern Teacher, if somewhat utopian, describe best practice in teaching of the particular subject and suggest possible improvements. One chapter also discusses the importance of the relatively new subject of citizenship, as well as the moral education of pupils.
Table of Contents
Education Cramped by Insincerity. The Christian Ethic. Religion in its Historic Context. The Ascent of Man. The Gospel of Human Kindness. The Evil Record on Theology. The Three Departments of Education.
Introduction. 1. The Teaching of English Literature. 2. The Teaching of English Composition 3. The Teaching of Modern Languages 4. The Teaching of Classics George Smith. 5. The Teaching of Mathematics. 6. The Teaching of Science 7. The Teaching of Geography 8. The Teaching of History. The Teaching of Citizenship. 10. The Teaching of Religion and Morals.