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By George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) used to be a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London whilst he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he proficient himself by way of self reliant research within the examining room of the British Museum; he additionally all started his occupation there through writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer. His first luck was once as a track and literary critic, yet he was once attracted to drama and authored greater than sixty performs in the course of his occupation. ordinarily his paintings is leavened via a pleasant vein of comedy, yet the vast majority of it bears earnest messages Shaw was hoping his audiences might embody. He continues to be the one individual to were offered either a Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature and an Oscar (1938) for Pygmalion. between his most renowned works are: Candida (1894), palms and the guy (1894) and guy and Superman (1902-03).

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A Treatise on Parents and Children

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) used to be a worldrenowned Irish writer. Born in Dublin, he moved to London while he became twenty. Having rejected formal education, he proficient himself via autonomous examine within the analyzing room of the British Museum; he additionally begun his profession there via writing novels for which he couldn't discover a writer.

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And this is just what they do not know at present. You may say of them, paraphrasing Mr. " If our universities would exclude everybody who had not earned a living by his or her own exertions for at least a couple of years, their effect would be vastly improved. The New Laziness The child of the future, then, if there is to be any future but one of decay, will work more or less for its living from an early age; and in doing so it will not shock anyone, provided there be no longer any reason to associate the conception of children working for their living with infants toiling in a factory for ten hours a day or boys drudging from nine to six under gas lamps in underground city offices.

But most of the difficulty of inducing children to learn would disappear if our demands became not only definite but finite. When learning is only an excuse for imprisonment, it is an instrument of torture which becomes more painful the more progress is made. Thus when you have forced a child to learn the Church Catechism, a document profound beyond the comprehension of most adults, you are sometimes at a standstill for something else to teach; and you therefore keep the wretched child repeating its catechism again and again until you hit on the plan of making it learn instalments of Bible verses, preferably from the book of Numbers.

And they will never be learnt fruitfully by people who do not want to learn them either for their own sake or for use in necessary work. There is no harder schoolmaster than experience; and yet experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn. Still, one must not begin to apply this generalization too early. And this brings me to an important factor in the case: the factor of evolution. Docility and Dependence If anyone, impressed by my view that the rights of a child are precisely those of an adult, proceeds to treat a child as if it were an adult, he (or she) will find that though the plan will work much better at some points than the usual plan, at others it will not work at all; and this discovery may provoke him to turn back from the whole conception of children's rights with a jest at the expense of bachelors' and old maids' children.

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