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The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization   By: (1868-1941)

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The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization by Ellwood Patterson Cubberley delves deep into the evolution of education from its origins to its role in shaping Western civilization. With an extensive exploration of educational theories, methodologies, and institutions throughout history, Cubberley presents an enlightening and comprehensive analysis of the field.

The book transports readers on a captivating journey, beginning with ancient civilizations such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Cubberley provides a rich account of the educational practices of these early societies, shedding light on the foundations that paved the way for the development of modern education. From there, he traverses through time, examining the educational systems of ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. The author's meticulous research and thorough analysis lend great depth and authenticity to each period studied.

What impresses the most is Cubberley's ability to contextualize educational practice within the broader scope of Western civilization's progress and development. He skillfully weaves together the social, political, and economic factors that influenced educational movements throughout history, demonstrating the reciprocal relationship they shared. This approach enables readers to appreciate the significant impact of education on societal advancement and vice versa, illuminating the intrinsic link between education and Western civilization's evolution.

Moreover, Cubberley breaks down key educational theories and philosophies, providing valuable insights into the minds of influential philosophers and educators. The author's adept explanations of John Locke's empiricism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's naturalism, and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi's pedagogical theories, among others, facilitate a deeper understanding of the intellectual underpinnings that have shaped educational thought.

Although the book is dense with information, Cubberley manages to maintain a cohesive narrative that engages readers from start to finish. His writing style is scholarly yet accessible, making complex concepts and historical details comprehensible to a wide audience. Additionally, the inclusion of numerous primary sources and references bolsters the book's credibility and provides a solid foundation for further exploration.

While The History of Education is undeniably a seminal work in this field, it is worth noting that its primary focus is on the development of education in Western civilization. This emphasis may leave some readers thirsting for a broader global perspective, particularly in an increasingly interconnected world where education transcends borders. However, considering its original publication date in 1919, Cubberley's examination of education's historical evolution is understandably rooted in Western scholarship of its time.

In conclusion, The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization by Ellwood Patterson Cubberley is an illuminating exploration of the educational landscape that has shaped Western civilization. Through meticulous research and compelling narratives, Cubberley provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the theories, methodologies, and institutions that have influenced education over the course of history. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper appreciation of the integral role education has played in our past and continues to play in our present.

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The present volume, as well as the companion volume of Readings , arose out of a practical situation. Twenty two years ago, on entering Stanford University as a Professor of Education and being given the history of the subject to teach, I found it necessary, almost from the first, to begin the construction of a Syllabus of Lectures which would permit of my teaching the subject more as a phase of the history of the rise and progress of our Western civilization than would any existing text. Through such a study it is possible to give, better than by any other means, that vision of world progress which throws such a flood of light over all our educational efforts. The Syllabus grew, was made to include detailed citations to historical literature, and in 1902 was published in book form. In 1905 a second and an enlarged edition was issued, [1] and these volumes for a time formed the basis for classwork and reading in a number of institutions, and, though now out of print, may still be found in many libraries. At the same time I began the collection of a series of short, illustrative sources for my students to read... Continue reading book >>

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