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Controlling Ideas of the Horace Mann Elementary School: Literature

by Edith C. Barnum 1906

At the present time literature occupies a place in the curriculum of the primary school by universal consent. The following discussion attempts to give the reason for our belief in the ethical, esthetic, and intellectual value of literature for children in the primary grade. Effect upon the Character of the Child Upon entering school the child is confronted by many new conditions to which he must adapt himself. These new relations demand an adjustment of his "sense of the right conduct." The wider circle of acquaintances demands that his ideas of right and wrong be extended to meet "community conditions"; less individual attention demands more independence and self-reliance in thought and action; responsibility to a greater number of people takes away the personal element in obedience, and demands obedience because it is right; wider obligations demand a stricter sense of property rights and a greater respect for truth. The work in literature aims to help the child to understand these new conditions, and to create ideals which will help him to right living.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 1, 1906, p. 58-72
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11589, Date Accessed: 9/25/2018 9:34:27 PM

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