Education: A First Book

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CHAPTER XII
EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES

It is the purpose of this chapter to present some of the main features of American schools as they now are, some of the changes that are going on, and some of the improvements that the reader may help to bring to pass. Every intelligent teacher, and every broad-minded man or woman, needs to join to an understanding of the general principles of education such as have been discussed, some knowledge of the actual conditions to which, in our country to-day, these principles are to be applied.

Our school as they are.

Indeed, it will be hard to find many more important questions about our national life than:-- How many children and young people are going to school? For how long? Who are they? How many men and women are teaching them? Who are these teachers? What material facilities-- buildings, grounds and the like--are used for education? What is taught and studied? How much does all this cost? Who pays for it? What results from it? What progress has been made in the last generation? What can be done now to make American schools better?

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