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New York City's Failed Teacher Selection Project: Political Reality Trumps Educational Research, 1947–1953


by Jennifer de Forest — 2006

This article describes the history of the failed New York City Teacher Selection Project (TSP; 1947–1953), a collaborative effort to replace the city's teacher licensing tests, which emphasized subject matter knowledge with personality tests. The TSP was a partnership between the Board of Examiners and the Citizens Committee for Children, and its members included pioneers from the field of child psychiatry. The author draws on primary documents to detail the TSP's research and shows how the tests that the group designed reflected individual members' commitment to progressive education and the ethos of mental hygiene. In addition, the article shows how the TSP embraced an experimental scale created to measure applicants' authoritarian tendencies. The author concludes that the TSP's efforts to influence teacher licensing failed largely because members chose to work with like-minded colleagues in isolation from the political realities of New York City and the public school system.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 4, 2006, p. 726-747
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12367, Date Accessed: 10/25/2014 7:53:18 AM

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  • Jennifer de Forest
    University of Virginia
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    JENNIFER DE FOREST is assistant professor at the University of Virginia, where she teaches educational history. Her research includes the history of foundations’ role in school reform efforts and the promotion of conservative college student movements. She also has an article in the current issue of Change Magazine on the Olin Foundation’s legacy for higher education.
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