Principles and Practices of Secondary School Teaching

Principles and Practices of Secondary School Teaching

Principles and Practices of Secondary School Teaching

Principles and Practices of Secondary School Teaching

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Professional instruction is the most important service provided to American youth by organized society. Teachers exercise more influence on the course of individual and group life than does any other group of individuals, except parents. Under the leadership of professional teachers, boys and girls develop the understandings, skills, and attitudes which are necessary to adjust in a rapidly changing world. It is through education that youth learn to control the direction of change for the progress of mankind and to become self-directed citizens of a democracy. Self-direction and socially acceptable participation in a democratic life are learned ways of behaving. Every high school teacher must assume a due share of responsibility for providing instruction and leadership in the classroom and in out-of-class activities to achieve these learnings. Professionalism in teaching is required.

During the first half of this century the teaching profession has had opportunity to profit from all previous recorded experiences of the human race. During the past fifty years more has been learned concerning human growth and development, learning, democratic living, the curriculum, classroom instruction, and professional relationships than in all our previous history. The translation of this vast and profound information into classroom practice constitutes the major challenge to teaching. Enough is now known to achieve a professionalism in teaching heretofore unrealized in our history. We must integrate the valuable experiences of previous generations into our daily classroom practice. Youth must be assisted in setting and achieving goals in harmony with their potentiality for individual and group life.

This book is addressed to those concerned with educating youth, especially teachers and prospective teachers. Teaching requires an integration of understandings and skills drawn from many sources. A

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