Education: A First Book

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CHAPTER XIII
EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES (concluded)

§ 53. Organization and Courses of Study

The organization of schools in America, being controlled by no central authority, is so extremely complex and variegated that the ordinary educational worker can be expected to know it only in a general way.

Organization of schools.

One chief factor in determining organization is the age of pupils. In most cities kindergarten or preparatory, elementary, and secondary or high schools are designed roughly to fit, by years or half-years, what are thought to be the needs of children four to six, seven to fourteen, and fifteen to eighteen years old. The American college is in large measure a school for young people from eighteen to twenty- three. Age counts much more as a factor than in England or Germany, where the chief division is into schools for children of the so-called 'lower classes' and schools for the very small minority who in those countries may be expected to continue their education into the late teens and twenties.

To fit age.

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