chapter  10
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Moral Education

So far we have treated the intellectual, moral, and practical aspects of education, as if they were three equal parts of a whole. Turning to Pestalozzi' s views on moral education, it is necessary to readjust, but not contradict, this approach. Moral education, like the others, would be based on a series of experiences which proceed from the simple to the complex. Similarly, it should combine with intellectual and practical education to develop the child into a fully balanced individual. Yet, whereas the three forms of education were essential if a child's full potential as a human being were to be realized, Pestalozzi regarded moral education as being the most important, for, without it, the other types would lose their sense of direction:

The ultimate goal of intellectual education and all its methods, the ultimate goal of all instruction, is to eradicate in man their original one-sidedness and limitations, and together to lose themselves in the unfathomable strength of perfect love as the common goal of perfect human education. In order that they may do this all their methods must be firmly subordinated to moral education.1