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CRITICAL CONSIDERATION                  5
gogy, founded in Italy by Credaro, is definitely working. It is the intention of this school to raise Pedagogy from the inferior position it has occupied as a secondary branch of philosophy, to the dignity of a definite science, which shall, as does Medicine, cover a broad and varied field of comparative study.
And among the branches affiliated with it will most cer­tainly be found Pedagogical Hygiene, Pedagogical An­thropology, and Experimental Psychology.
Truly, Italy, the country of Lombroso, of De-Giovanni, and of Sergi, may claim the honour of being pre-eminent in the organisation of such a movement. In fact, these three scientists may be called the founders of the new tendency in Anthropology: the first leading the way in criminal anthropology, the second in medical anthropol­ogy, and the third in pedagogical anthropology. For the good fortune of science, all three of them have been the recognised leaders of their special lines of thought, and have been so prominent in the scientific world that they have not only made courageous and valuable dis­ciples, but have also prepared the minds of the masses to receive the scientific regeneration which they have en­couraged. (For reference, see my treatise " Pedagogical Anthropology.") *
Surely all this is something of which our country may be justly proud.
To-day, however, those things which occupy us in the field of education are the interests of humanity at large, and of civilisation, and before such great forces we can recognise only one country — the entire world. And in a cause of such great importance, all those who have given
* Montessori: " L'Antropologia Pedagogica." Vallardi.
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