chapter  V
The Second Period
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The second period dates mainly from 1872 to 1875. It is chiefly characterized by the expounding and the working out of results gained during the preceding years. The regime of freedom and innovation in the school at Yasnaia Poliana finally roused the suspicions of the public authorities, and the police began to visit the place. In Tolstoi's absence, they took delight in turning everything topsy-turvy, they rummaged the drawers and pulled up the very flags. All dogmatism is deserving of condemnation, whether the dogmatism of modern would be scientific pedagogues or that of the ecclesiastical pedagogues of long ago. And Tolstoi takes a delight in drawing this parallel which he is to extend later on between the dogmatism of the Church and that of science. 'This dogmatism in theory results, in practice, in teaching that is absolute and unanswerable, with compulsion as its foundation. The master knows what the child needs; he has only to impose it upon him'.