Sailor Principle of Education #1b & d

External Sensory Education: Provide frequent, even constant contact with nature: “what is important is engagement with reality, not simply the discerning of reality.”[1] Like Belloc we “look once again at reality, at being, at Creation.”[2]

Try to experience the arts—for example, languages via oral conversation, reading aloud, and music through singing.  Involve the body as much as possible.
Forego textbooks in favor of the real thing: “knowledge must be . . . firsthand. ‘Sampling and surveys’ will not do. . . . [Let the student] hear, see, and handle, for then he will remember and imagine” [3].

Posts relating to this can be found here on art and work and experiencing the world and suggested reading.

[1] James S. Taylor, Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education (New York: State University of New York Press, 1998), 73.
[2] Wilhelmsen, Hilaire Belloc: No Alienated Man, 79.
[3] Mark Van Doran, Liberal Education (New York: Henry Holt & Company,1943), 91 & 117.



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