Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sloyd by Gustaf Larsson, 1902

From Gustaf Larsson, founder of the Boston Sloyd School, published in 1902
"The Swedish system is based upon the Fröebelian idea of the harmonious development of all the powers of the child, tools and exercises being chosen with reference to this end, and all merely mechanical methods being carefully avoided. The Sloyd teacher does not say, "Now I will teach this boy to saw, and he shall continue to saw until he can saw well," regardless of monotony or the too prolonged use of the same muscles. The problem of the Sloyd teacher is to find the tool, whether knife or saw or plane, and also the series of exercises, best adapted to the present need of the average pupil, and also to vary or alternate the tools and to graduate the exercises with constant reference to the growing capacity, the formative age, and to the various activities of body and mind."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent way to describe the process of learning as it really should be.

Mario