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Publisher: General Books LLC (14 Jan. 2012)
By: Margaret McMillan (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXVII THE AIM VERSUS THE PLAN 'O Liberty! What crimes have been done in thy Name' Those who set out to do anything at all in the world must have as a rule some kind of plan of action. 'As a rule,' I say, because very great things have been done without a plan, by a simple advance on chaos and old night. As a rule, however, a plan is very useful and necessary, so long as it does not blind one to the aim of the work and so make the means appear to be a greater thing than the end for which they are designed. The aim of the open-air Nursery-School is the salvation, physical, mental and spiritual of the children of this country or of any other country from their cradles and up to the end of the first seven years. That is a pretty bold aim. It means revolution, but such a revolution as will make all the others that came before it appear poor and timid things by comparison. Former revolutions meant the uprising of a people. The people having risen up did certain things, as for example, they changed their masters. They could not and did not themselves pass through the long series of changes in virtue of which they could become a new people. Nurture and education are not given in a day. So the Revolution was, after all, not such a great thing as it appeared to be. The swirling waves returned into their old troughs. Nothing can be more monotonous than isrthe unrest of those who do not advance. Reviewing all that has been said in this book, let us ask finally what are the things that are holding us back? What is the method and what are the processes of this nurture and education that is to be the birthright of all? How will it relate itself to the social life of to-morrow, and how will the authorities of tomorrow, the New Ministry of Health, the Board of Education...
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