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What Is a School of Education?


by George S. Counts 1929

A DISCERNING student of our civilization not reared in its traditions would no doubt be impressed by our extraordinary faith in education. This faith he would see expressed not only in the vast network of schools spread over the country and reaching into every hamlet, but also in the presence in practically every one of our great universities of a department, college, or school of education engaged in training great numbers of young men and women in the methods of education and in promoting the scientific investigation of the processes of education itself. But on closer analysis he would just as certainly be astonished at the narrow conception of education revealed in this institution. He would see a school of education devoting its energies almost exclusively to the training of school teachers and to the study of the work of schools; he would see a school of education cultivating a mere fraction of its legitimate field; he would see a school of education ignoring not one but many of the most powerful educational agencies of society; in a word, he would see an institution bearing the name of school of education which in reality is nothing more than a teachers' college.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 30 Number 7, 1929, p. 647-655
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5639, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:46:11 PM

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