Excerpt from Introduction to the Pedagogy of Herbart American teachers need an introduction to the study of Herbart, first of all because of the organic nature of his systematized thought, but primarily because of the inhet ent importance of the ideas themselves. It is difficult to get the full significance of any portion of an organized sys tem without having an understanding of the point of view from which the author sees the whole. This introduction, therefore, which in Simple, concrete manner gives a bird's eye view of the ends and means of education as seen by Herbart, will serve as a reliable guide t only to the works of Herbart himself, but also to the writings of his school. With Herbart and his followers, two important things stand out with especial prominence: (1) the development of sound moral character through the activities of the school as the end of education; and (2) the apperception, or mental assimilative power of the child, as the only safe guide to the means through which this end is to be reached. 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 techlogy 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.