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Marc-Antoine Jullien: Controlling Time

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Two key ideas underlay the whole system: organization and efficiency, the former being the means of achieving the latter. The underlying method and morals are laid out in a book which explains the whole system, Jullien's Essay on a Method Aiming at Improving the Use of Time, The Best Way to be Happy. This book expounds the philosophy behind the plan, describes three booklets and gives examples of how Jullien himself used them. He was a man of the Revolution who had once wielded great power and who later failed in all his political ambitions. Given that any pedagogy must strike a balance between the two poles of child psychology and the definition of a goal to be reached, it is clear that Marc-Antoine Jullien's proposals on the use of time definitely tip the scales toward the latter. He proposes equal shares of eight hours for sleep, leisure and work.

Keywords: controlling time; efficiency; equal shares; Marc-Antoine Jullien; organization



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