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The Improvement of the Mind: A Supplement to the Art of Logic With a Discourse on the Education of Children and Youth (Great Awakening Writings, 1725-1760) Hardcover – June 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Soli Deo Gloria Ministries (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573580864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573580861
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I must recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their mind, learn new study techniques, the true way to study, the reason for study, etc. This is a highly enjoyable book. Written in sections, you can pick it up and start reading anywhere that you find it interesting. There is a section on raising young men and women. A very godly man wrote this, and it shows through.
Sheldon
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David E. Vreeland on January 8, 2002
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Isaac Watts has left us a rich inheritance in his book The Improvment of the Mind. His approach provides excellent advice on how to obtain knowledge through all aspects of life, yet keeps the larger reality of God always in view. This book is loaded with thought-provoking gems to make us more efficient and proficient at true learning. Dr. Watts' has established a sound basis for education from early youth all the way to old age. This book is a tremendous resource for educators, parents, and anyone concerned with making solid decisions about how to teach and how to learn. I consider this work to be a blessing offered to us as the legacy of a great man of God.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Moore on April 4, 2002
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If you are not a Christian, don't assume that this book is only of interest to "the Godly" or those who want to promote Protestant education. Watt was a conservative but scientifically enlightened preacher and his advice, particulary in part II, where he discourses elegantly on how to be an effective classroom teacher, very often rings as true in the 21st century as in the 18th, and is full of common sense suggestions for any kind of teacher, from evangelical to atheist.
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Isaac Watts, the author of The Improvement of the Mind, a Supplement to Logic, was a very thorough and deeply committed learner and reasoned thinker. To use his words, He disapproved of “trifles, and subtleties…and that only to amuse the minds and ears of men with empty sounds, which flatter their vanity, and puff up their pride with a pompous and glittering show of false learning; and thus they have perverted the great and valuable design of that science.”

His treatise is a treasure trove of meticulous and comprehensive learning that leads the reader in a logical progression of thought in understanding, step by step, the science of improving the mind. I have nothing but good things to say about Mr. Watts’ book.

“The common duties and benefits of society, which belong to every man living, as we are social creatures, and even our native and necessary relations to a family, a neighborhood, or a government, oblige all persons whatsoever to use their reasoning powers upon a thousand occasions; every hour of life calls for some regular exercise of our judgment as to times and things, persons and actions: without a prudent and discreet determination in matters before us, we shall be plunged into perpetual errors in our conduct…”

The second part of the book, The Discourse on Education of Children and youth, is a must read. It lays out the most inspiring wisdom and instruction for children and youth given by Mr. Watts.

Because Mr. Watts was a deeply committed Christian, he had a distinct and God given love for learning and imparting that knowledge to the youth of the nation. This book is a classic and needs to be in every household, I highly recommend it to all those who value the art of cultivating the mind!
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By E. M. Brame on October 12, 2013
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When I thought that I had to strictly fallow Marzano and his theoretical drivel, I was at awe when I explained to the principle that I need to try something else. My students, who are alternative education students, are slowly warming up to the idea that the curriculum teaches that they are valuable and worth every bit of my time. My plate, as an educator, has always been full. However, it is full of Christ centered, edifying, education methods now.
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