Imperialism in Education
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Jan 1904, p. 31-37


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Imperialism in Education


The importance of patriotism in education, shown throughout history. Rights and wrongs in this idea of patriotism in education. A type of patriotism in education which cherishes all that is great and good in the history of the past, with example. Another side from which patriotism may be cultivated with safety and advantage: the historical side. Canadians not limited to the history of our own land. Our double heritage. Having behind us the history of 1500 years. Examples of how the poets of the land have cherished this sentiment: Homer, Tennyson, and Kipling as examples. A practical character in connection with our Canadian education. Examining what forms our Canadian type. Influences of a very large element from other sources. Borrowing from the United States. Dr. Ryerson, borrowing from Germany and Ireland, and from Massachusetts, all of which elements were introduced into our educational system. Appreciating the importance of such work as was inaugurated by Mr. Cecil Rhodes in the establishment of the Rhodes' Scholarships. The speaker's visit to Oxford some eight or nine years ago; witnessing the opportunity for impressing young men with high Imperial ideas. Planting these high ideals in the home, and in the school, and at the university.