Excerpt from Anti-National Education: Or the Spirit of the Sectarianism Morally Tested by Means of Certain Speeches and Letters From the Member for Kilmarnock; With an Appendix I beg to avail myself of this preface to make a few general observations important to the following controversy. At the Reformation, freedom of religious Opinion, in that well-known formula, the right of private judgment in the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, was asserted and vindicated. This freedom it is the height of inconsistency as well ia tolerance for any Protestant at Once to assume and question; and all measures, or opposition to measures, in which that inconsistency and in tolerance appear, must necessarily be unjust. This right of conscientious interpretation has been so freely acted upon by Protestant Christians, as to have produced nearly eighty different and distinct denominations. These sects, or sections-for some of the more high-minded repudiate the term sect when applied to themselves - are distinguished by various kinds and degrees of difference, doctrinal, ritual, discipline], and coeno mical; but one character of these differences is universal, they divide the religious world into a corresponding number of distinct communities. Now, any cause of difference sufficient to produce this segregation, is sufficient to dispose the adherents Of each denomination to Object to their children being placed under the religious tuition of a teacher who, he longing to another denomination, will naturally inculcate the doctrines, rites, discipline, or economy, or all four, of his own sect. It matters not how slight the point of difference may be. The objecting parent must be allowed to be the sole judge of its importance to himself. To interfere with his conscience or his feelings here, in the arrangements we shall make for him, and which he would not make for himself, is undeniable intolerance and persecution. In the system Of popular education which will, it is thought, he in due time provided by the Nation, it is the first duty of the Legislature, who shall determine the machinery, at least, of that education, to keep steadily in their view that their power does not extend toa control over religious Opinions; and that the laws which they make ought to touch these with the most delicate, and, above all, with'the most impartial hand. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: David de Giustino
Release Date: 2016-06-17
First published in 1975. This study examines one of the popular scientific philosophies of the nineteenth-century. The first part deals with the reception and diffusion of phrenology in Britain, its usefulness to various professions, and its challenge to traditional religion. The second part considers the application of phrenology in two separate social movements: prison reform and national education. This title will be of interest to students of history and philosophy.
Author: Stephen Tomlinson
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Release Date: 2005-02-13
Genre: Social Science
Contributes to a better understanding of Horace Mann and the educational reform movement he advanced. Head Masters challenges the assumption that phrenology—the study of the conformation of the skull as it relates to mental faculties and character—played only a minor and somewhat anecdotal role in the development of education. Stephen Tomlinson asserts instead that phrenology was a scientifically respectable theory of human nature, perhaps the first solid physiological psychology. He shows that the first phrenologists were among the most prominent scientists and intellectuals of their day, and that the concept was eagerly embraced by leading members of the New England medical community. Following its progression from European theorists Franz-Joseph Gall, Johan Gasper Spurzheim, and George Combe to Americans Horace Mann and Samuel Gridley Howe, Tomlinson traces the origins of phrenological theory and examines how its basic principles of human classification, inheritance, and development provided a foundation for the progressive practices advocated by middle-class reformers such as Combe and Mann. He also elucidates the ways in which class, race, and gender stereotypes permeated 19th century thought and how popular views of nature, mind, and society supported a secular curriculum favoring the use of disciplinary practices based on physiology. This study ultimately offers a reconsideration of the ideas and theories that motivated education reformers such as Mann and Howe, and a reassessment of Combe, who, though hardly known by contemporary scholars, emerges as one of the most important and influential educators of the 19th century.
Author: Angela Nagle
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release Date: 2017-06-07
Genre: Social Science
Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On one side the "alt right" ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression. Kill All Normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.