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A Measure of Ability to Judge Poetry


by Allan Abbott & M. R. Trabue 1921

The place of the arts, including the art of poetry, in the curriculum has tended of recent years to be justified by educational theorists in terms of the training of critical appreciation. The study of these subjects, it has been asserted, should lead to increased ability to tell good from bad, and increased preference for the good, as a guide not merely to enjoyment of the classical, but to discrimination in the new. Instruction, however, (except when devoted to acquiring skill in the practice of an art) is mainly concerned with the acquirement of a body of information, including information regarding conventional critical opinion; and success in the study is measured by the ability to repeat the facts so learned.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 22 Number 2, 1921, p. 101-126
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4000, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:36:39 AM

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