An Introduction to the History of the Social Sciences in Schools

An Introduction to the History of the Social Sciences in Schools

An Introduction to the History of the Social Sciences in Schools

An Introduction to the History of the Social Sciences in Schools

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This volume, the second of the series of reports of the Commission on the Social Studies in the Schools, presents Professor Johnson's brief summary of the history of the teaching of the social sciences in the schools. A systematic, detailed history of society's experience with this problem does not exist. The qualifications necessary for the completion of such a task have rarely occurred in any single individual. Only a person familiar with the teaching problems in elementary and secondary education, with the whole field of history, and with a knowledge of the leading languages of Europe could embark upon such a task. The Commission feels itself fortunate in securing Professor Henry Johnson to undertake this work. The deliberations of the Commission have been much enriched by the frequent references to past experience which his life-long study supplied. It was with the desire to give permanence to these contributions and to share with the whole teaching profession the fruits of this labor that the Commission authorized Professor Johnson to prepare this volume.

Circumstances would not permit the completion of the more comprehensive and detailed history of the teaching of these subjects within the lifetime of this Investigation. Professor Johnson has therefore had to content himself for the present with an exploratory . . .

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