Excerpt from Educational Needlecraft
At every point the joint authors take the main events of growth into account, following the lines of natural development with a new and bold faith, and often in spite of tradition.
There is something suggestive of a butter¿y hunt ... in the early chapters, only this chase is not to end in capture but in freedom. From the first the little one plays with what she learns. She plays with her conquests, and takes new ¿ights, and always the helpers meet her at the right moment, ¿uttering, agitated by the joy of her latest victory, taking her growing energy, and effort, and desire as the token of real success. Surely this offers a contrast to the old method, in which every lesson appeared to add something more to a dead weight that was already crushing the learner.
No obstacle is allowed to threaten the wavering ¿ight of the Imagination - that wide-going, vague ¿ight on which depends all later Voyaging and Victory. For the educated and full-grown woman, sewing a long seam is a good sedative. For the child, sewing must be a ¿ight into the unknown, a joyful adventure, or a fruitless and deadening task. No white seam for her, but bright colours, good contrasts, and when the lesson is over, memories that do not sleep. From the first they are awake and stimulate, but it is expected that as time goes on, and many things are learned, these living memories will move in stronger currents, tossed and changed by an inner movement that is never quite stilled even in sleep. This rumour and striving is creative power already. It will grow and gather strength, bringing in its train the reasoning intel ligence on which so much depends, and providing material for its exercise. Every part of the scheme is planned and worked out so as to realize this aim.
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