A Source Book of Greek History

A Source Book of Greek History

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A Source Book of Greek History

A Source Book of Greek History

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During the past fifteen years the question of the use of sources in the teaching of history in secondary schools has occupied somewhat constantly the attention of history teachers and has given rise to a considerable controversial literature. The discussion has evidently passed through a first stage, and one thing, at least, seems to be settled: it is the opinion of the best trained teachers of history the country over that historical sources should be used in the secondary schools. That the publishers of text-books believe that there is a demand for this kind of material and that the demand is likely to increase is demonstrated by the number of source books issued in the last few years. Another proof of the change that has come over the teaching of history is found in the recent historical narratives intended for secondary schools and in revised editions of old texts. In all of these books, a prominent place is given to references to the sources.

If the question "Shall sources be used?" may be regarded as settled in the affirmative, the further question "How shall sources be used?" is still a matter of controversy. The common practice is to use them as collateral reading or as "illustrative material." In regard to the benefits derived from this use of source material, there is no difference of opinion. It is only when the possibility of doing something more than simply substitute sources for secondary narratives in the assignment of collateral reading, the possibility of doing something with sources that cannot be done with secondary narratives is pointed out,--it is only then that the trouble begins. Before speaking of this second use of the sources, I wish to state briefly, what the con-

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