FIRST EDITION FIRST ISSUE, (viii) + 262 + (ii pp.), library stamp on title of Leeds School Board on title, faint watermark affecting title and first 4 pp. marginal stain affecting last 2 pp. sm.8vo, full contemporary style calf,
"His thought was marked by a ready understanding of, and sympathy with, children. Three main thoughts dominate the work. First, the individual aptitudes, capacities, and idiosyncrasies of the child should govern learning, not arbitrary curricular or rote learning taught by the rod. Second, Locke placed the health of the body and the development of a sound character ahead of intellectual learning. In the third place, he saw that play, high spirits, and the "gamesome humor" natural to children should govern the business of learning wherever possible. Compulsory learning is irksome; where there is play in learning, there is also joy in it. Throughout he placed emphasis on good example, practice, and use rather than on precepts, rules, and punishment. The work was an implicit criticism of his own education at Westminster and Oxford, which he found unpleasant and largely useless." (James Gordon Clapp, Encyc. of Philosophy, p. 500). The Leeds School Board were first elected by the ratepayers of Leeds in 1870. The board built sufficient schools to ensure that for the first time every child in Leeds received an elementary education.
Their headquarters and examination centre were built in 1870-81. Their library is now incoporated with the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Leeds.
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