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


by Charles Earle Bikle 1906

AIMS I. To interest pupils in mathematics, both as a subject by itself and as applicable to science and to commercial and industrial life. II. To establish valuable habits of accuracy, of verifying results, of promptness and of neatness of work, which can be carried into other lines of study and also into business. III. To give to pupils those forms of reasoning and that training in logic that shall be Helpful in other lines of work. IV. To prepare the pupils to pass with credit the examinations set by the different colleges. V. To prepare the pupils to pursue successfully their college work in mathematics. VI. To give the pupils an interest in mathematics other than that which springs from the fact that it is necessary for their advancement in the school and for their admission to college. While these aims are always present in the teacher's mind, they are not always equally prominent. In the fourth and fifth years, for instance, the subject matter and the method of treating it are determined, more than the teacher may wish, by the necessity of preparing the pupils to pass their examinations for entrance to college. In these years both teachers and pupils must realize that an interest in mathematics, a willingness to work hard for a solution, and even real power in the subject are not a sufficient equipment for passing examinations. The pupils must become used to examinations, must learn to gauge the comparative difficulties of the questions upon examination papers, must be quickly accurate, and able to give instantly from memory a great number of definitions, formulas, devices, and proofs. The methods used to accomplish the aims given above will be stated under the heading "Method."


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 2, 1906, p. 218-233
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11607, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 12:51:56 PM

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