American Schools: A Critical Study of Our School System

American Schools: A Critical Study of Our School System

American Schools: A Critical Study of Our School System

American Schools: A Critical Study of Our School System

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The title of this work is American Schools: A Critical Study of Our School System. Very well, why not proceed at once to the subject? That is the way most things have been done in our country in the "do-it-now" spirit. It is especially the way, as we shall abundantly see, in which our whole existing system of schools has been developing ever since the time of Horace Mann. It all has to be done over again in much the same guesswork fashion, perhaps after years of futility.

It is simple enough to proceed at once with our great subject and perhaps arrive at satisfying conclusions, in a similar unbalanced and ignorant manner, unless we first of all come to see that nobody can possibly understand the school structure and school system except he see both in their inevitable normal and logical relationship to the whole effort in systematic public enlightenment and, indeed, to the whole process of the conservation and transmission of Civilization itself.

Hence, in this Part I we shall endeavor to get into the background of our apprehension of things social:

First, an awareness of the School as a major institution, without reference to the particular schools with which we are familiar and which we perchance once attended. This will in large part be a recalling of what has already been covered in other works.

Second, some notion of what the University is as a social institution, again without reference to alma mater or to our favorite football coach and his fortunes.

Third, an understanding of the immense importance of technological schools in the national economy, all the way from city and county technical schools to conservatories of music and teachers' colleges.

The second and third issues we shall study only in so far as seems to be necessary to a full understanding of the place and functions and . . .

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