SOME VITALIZING ASPECTS OF MODERN EDUCATION

Walter G. Clippinger
1910 Religious Education  
67 continue until it is realized that the aim of religious education through the Sunday school is to produce men and women who express their faith and devotion in every thought and act of every day. To this end there must be a shaping of instruction and a relating of study to life so that no break is anywhere apparent between the two. All must move out of the past into the present; out of the abstract into the concrete. The rapid changes now going on in the ecclesiastical world, in the
more » ... ld, in the industrial world and in the political world are being shared and inspired, in a large part by the influence of modern education. This, under the inspiration of nineteenth century educational reformers and especially under the impulse of the immediately present new awakening, is occasioning great reform in the entire educational world. Prompted in part by the modern pragmatic aspect of life, men are asking such questions as these of education: Is it worth while? Does it stand the test? Does it establish a vital connection between the process and life itself? These are the pragmatic tests and they look toward pragmatic values. There are other tests and other values which are not so concrete and objective, which might be set up, but which do not come under these categories, and which are wholly spiritual and unseen. For our purpose I want to inquire into the more concrete and vital issues involved in education, omitting for the present the purely personal and spiritual side of the question. Modern education under the influence of physiological psychology is coming to recognize the unity of man both as to func-67
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