The author states here that Tolstoy was a great educator and his views on education were ingenious and profound. Despite being a great artist, Tolstoy also had pedagogic method and drew abundantly on the stores of science. The book looks at articles which Tolstoy wrote on education and childhood, comparing him frequently to Rousseau, and also outlines the influences of his travels which informed his knowledge of contemporary schooling. The conclusion considers the development of Tolstoy’s thought on teaching alongside the state of education at the time the book was first published, in 1923. This will be of interest for the educational historian as well as those interested in Tolstoy himself.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Realism of Tolstoi Part 1: The Springs of Education 1. Influences 2. Memories of Childhood and Boyhood 3. The Child as Seen by Tolstoi Part 2: Evolution 4. The First Period 5. The Second Period 6. The Third Period Part 3: Leading Ideas 7. Freedom and Suggestion 8. The Pragmatism of Tolstoi. Conclusion: From Teacher to Thinker