The Mounting Waste of the American Secondary School

The Mounting Waste of the American Secondary School

The Mounting Waste of the American Secondary School

The Mounting Waste of the American Secondary School

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Since the close of the Great War there has been an extension and development of the secondary school far beyond anything even dreamed of before 1914. For the year 1919-1920 the enrollment in public high schools in this country was 2,200,000. In 1933-1934 it had grown to 5,656,000. For the current year it is estimated at 6,000,000. In my own city of New York, the senior high school enrollment has increased from 59,000 in 1919 to 250,000 for 1935. The estimated cost of public high schools in the United States has grown from $278,179,000 in 1919-1920 to $661,831,000 in 1931-1932. These astonishing figures have been hailed as conclusive evidence of the faith of the American communities in the value of these schools as shown by the willingness to assume the financial burden entailed.

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