|Author||John H. Haaren|
|Publication Date||June 16, 2012|
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I fifiARY PREFACE The study of history, like the study of a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions. In order to attract and hold the childs attention, each conspicuous feature of history presented to him should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the personage presented. It is not Romulus or Hercules orG aesar or Alexander that the child has in mind when he reads, but himself, acting under the prescribed conditions. Prominent educators, appreciating these truths, have long recognized the value of biography as a preparation for the study of history and have given it an important place in their schools. The former practice in many elementary schools of beginning the detailed study of American history without any previous knowledge of general history limited the pupiF srange of vision, restricted his sympathies, and left him without material for comparisons. Moreover, it denied to him a knowledge of his inheritance from the Greek philosopher, the Roman lawgiver, the Teutonic lover of freedom. Hence the recommendation so strongly urged in the report of the Committee ofT en and emphasized, also, in the report of the Committee ofF ifteen that the study of Greek, Roman, and modernE uropean history in the form of biography should precede the study of detailed American history in our elementary schools.
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