While Emerson would be pleased at elementary education's advancement, he would say there is more to do to create a system of formal elementary instruction that maximizes student choice.
Emerson was passionate about students having choices in their studies. Emerson saw the educational setting based on rote instruction as failing to ignite student passion: "It is ominous, a presumption of crime, that this word Education has so cold, so hopeless a sound. A treatise on education, a convention for education, a lecture, a system, affects us with slight paralysis and a certain yawning of the jaws." Emerson believed that the "certain yawning of the jaws" was because those in positions of power did not construct education with the student voice in mind. Emerson believed education "should be as broad as man" and should enhance "elements in him." He believed education should be geared towards individual passion:
The imagination must be addressed. Why always coast on the surface and never open the...
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