chapter  1
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Education: Savage and Civilized

All educational systems are largely concerned with the fitting of the child to become a satisfactory member of the community. This is the central problem of all education; and if we want light upon how it is to be tackled in our own cases, we cannot do better than turn an eye to the way in which primitive communities have solved it. Our own ideas bear within them indelible traces of their lowly origin in the minds of our even more savage ancestors, and the key to many an educational difficulty has been thrown into the swamps of the Congo or lost in the sands of Australia, where we must look for it before we can unlock the fate of truth.