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The Long Exile and Other Stories
by Leo Tolstoy
Binding: Paperback, illustrated edition edition, 408 pages
Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
Weight: 1.18 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.94 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0898753031
ISBN 13: 9780898753035
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Book Description:
The contents of this volume illustrate Count Tolstoy's versatility to a remarkable degree. His stories for children are marked by the simplicity and sincerity that children demand. What could be more fascinating to a boy than his description of his dogs? And is there anything in literature, anywhere, more perfect in its absolute symmetry, its inherent pathos, and its unobtrusive moral than the story called in the original 'God Sees the Truth'?

Tolstoy's theory of freedom in the school reminds one of that set forth by the American educator, A. Broson Alcott, and to a certain extent employed by him under very different conditions. It has in it the incontrovertible truth that children study best that which interests them, and that they may be led more successfully than driven into the paths of learning.

His arguments against examinations as tests of knowledge coincide with the experience of most teachers. They have their place, but altogether too much stress is laid on them in our schools and colleges, and as they are generally conducted they do more harm than good. They lead to cumulative cramming, and they are almost invariably unfair.


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