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Scientific Methods As Applied To Child Education In "the Children's Houses"

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CONCLUSIONS AND IMPRESSIONS 377
fluence upon everyone. I have seen here, men of affairs, great politicians preoccupied with problems of trade and of state, cast off like an uncomfortable garment the burden of the world, and fall into a simple forgetfulness of self. They are affected by this vision of the human soul grow­ing in its true nature, and I believe that this is what they mean when they call our little ones, wonderful children, happy children — the infancy of humanity in a higher stage of evolution than our own. I understand how the great English poet Wordsworth, enamoured as he was of nature, demanded the secret of all her peace and beauty. It was at last revealed to him — the secret of all nature lies in the soul of a little child. He holds there the true meaning of that life which exists throughout humanity. But this beauty which " lies about us in our infancy" becomes obscured; " shades of the prison house, begin to close about the growing boy ... at last the man per­ceives it die away, and fade into the light of common day."
Truly our social life is too often only the darkening and the death of the natural life that is in us. These methods tend to guard that spiritual fire within man, to keep his real nature unspoiled and to set it free from the oppres­sive and degrading yoke of society. It is a pedagogical method informed by the high concept of Immanuel Kant: " Perfect art returns to nature."
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