The Great Didactic of John Amos Comenius

The Great Didactic
of John Amos Comenius

Translated into English and edited with biographical,
historical and critical introductions
by M. W. Keatinge, M.A.
New York: Russell & Russell, 1967


Part one: Introductions (complete)Title page and flysheets
Contents pagePreface to the first and second editions
Introduction one: BiographicalIntroduction two: Historical
Introduction three: CriticalPart two: Text (complete)
Title page and flysheetsGreeting to the Reader
Dedicatory LetterThe Use of the Art of Teaching
Subjects of the ChaptersChapter one: Man is the Highest, the most Absolute and the most Excellent of things Created
Chapter two: The Ultimate End of Man is Beyond this LifeChapter three: This Life is but a Preparation for Eternity
Chapter four: There are Three Stages in the Preparation for Eternity: To Know Oneself (and with Oneself all Things); To Rule Oneself; And to Direct Oneself to GodChapter five: The Seeds of these three (Learning, Virtue and Piety) are naturally implanted in us
Chapter six: If a Man is to be Produced, it is Necessary that he be Formed by EducationChapter seven: A Man can be most easily formed in Early Youth, and cannot be formed properly except at this stage
Chapter eight: The Young must be Educated in Common, and for this Schools are NecessaryChapter nine: All the Young of both Sexes should be sent to School
Chapter 10: The Instruction given in Schools should be UniversalChapter 11: Hitherto there have been no Perfect Schools
Chapter 12: It is Possible to Reform SchoolsChapter 13: The Basis of School Reform must be Exact Order in All things
Chapter 14: The Exact Order of Instruction must be Borrowed from Nature, and must be of such a kind that no Obstacle can Hinder itChapter 15: The Basis of the Prolongation of Life
Chapter 16: The Universal Requirements of Teaching and of Learning; that is to say, a Method of Teaching and of Learning with such Certainty that the Desired Result must of Necessity FollowChapter 17: The Principles of Facility in Teaching and in Learning
Chapter 18: The Principles of Thoroughness in Teaching and in LearningChapter 19: The Principles of Conciseness and Rapidity in Teaching
Chapter 20: The Method of the Sciences, specificallyChapter 21: The Method of the Arts
Chapter 22: The Method of LanguagesChapter 23: The Method of Morals
Chapter 24: The Method of Instilling PietyChapter 25: If we wish to Reform Schools in Accordance with the Laws of True Christianity, we must remove from them books written by Pagans, or, at any rate, must use them with more caution than hitherto
Chapter 26: Of School DisciplineChapter 27: Of the Fourfold Division of Schools, based on Age and Acquirements
Chapter 28: Sketch of the Mother-SchoolChapter 29: Sketch of the Vernacular-School
Chapter 30: Sketch of the Latin-SchoolChapter 31: Of the University
Chapter 32: Of the Universal and Perfect Order of InstructionChapter 33: Of the things requisite before this Universal Method can be put into Practice
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