Today I am transferring and adding additional resources to the Oceans page and I stopped to read the introduction to one of the books, which are so frequently loaded with good thoughts about educating children.
It talked about how important books are for "making a child a participant in the results of experiences of all mankind." BUT "the book knowledge, containing as it does the precious lessons of human experience, may be so taught as to bring with it only dead rules of conduct, only dead scraps of information, and no stimulation to original thinking. ..
"Its contents may be memorized without being understood...resulting in loading the mind with material which he cannot use to advantage...
"Some minds are so full of lumber that there is no space left to set up a workshop."