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Excerpt from The School in the Home: Talks With Parents and Teachers on Intensive Child Training
Speaking broadly, the address was received with mild amusement and the public comment which was made upon it was in the nature of ridicule that anybody could ever excel Ameri can zeal, American adaptability and American genius. One journal suggested that the speaker would better stop his foolish aping of European ideas and become a real American. Since that time, however, the progress of Ger many in the commercial history of the world has so arrested attention in America that there is now an almost equally stupid and insensate acceptance of certain ideas of German origin as there was once contemptuous rejection of them. The fundamental differences between Germany and America and the equally f unda mental differences between the social organ ization of the German and the American mind, are being ignored in the haste for industrial education, so that presently we shall be won dering just why we do not get the results in America that they get in Germany. And then We shall set about finding the true way.
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