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Secondary School Curriculum. Part I. Langauge, History, and Mathematics: The History Course


by Mary Bronson Gillmore & Eliza Rhees Butler 1906

INTRODUCTION The history course extends through the last four years of the Horace Mann High School, the sequence of topics being that recommended by the Committee of Seven: ancient, mediaeval, English, and American. An attempt has been made to preserve the unity of the course and at the same time to adapt content and method to the mental growth of the students. A recent writer has defined history in its broadest sense as "all that we know about everything that man has ever done, or thought, or felt.'' In view of this definition it is hardly surprising that in planning the history courses the most difficult problem was the selection of material, a problem complicated by the fact that the Horace Mann School year is short: only thirty-three weeks and that the majority of the history students in the last two years offer history as a college entrance subject. During this short year, therefore, the student must acquire enough of this subject to pass his college entrance examination creditably and yet the courses must not degenerate into mere college cram. Elimination was necessarily the first process in the selection of material. By constantly keeping in mind the fact that the boys and girls had already acquired much .historical information in the elementary school, and that they were likely to supplement their high school course by more advanced work in the college, provided the high school kept alive their interest in the subject, it was found possible to simplify the process of elimination. Those topics which had already been sufficiently exploited in the grammar grades were either dropped from the high school course or reviewed briefly, and others, which it was believed could more profitably be left to the college, because of the greater maturity of the students, were omitted altogether. Through the careful correlation of all high school history courses further simplification was secured.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 2, 1906, p. 181-197
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11605, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:04:45 AM

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