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General Science in Secondary Schools


by Thomas H. Briggs 1916

When doctors disagree, the layman is emboldened, after considering the facts that they present and he observes, to draw his own conclusions. While in many respects ignorant, he is not as likely as they to be restricted by tradition, and if he have a wider perspective he may present conclusions at least suggestive to the protagonists. That the doctors do disagree concerning the case of General Science is obvious enough to anyone who has read educational magazines during the past few years or who has listened to the discussions at educational meetings. Indeed, the nature of these discussions, both written and oral, has often left the impression that the frequently mentioned "scientific attitude of mind" is something to be taught the pupil for use in the laboratory rather than an attainment to govern the consideration by experts of general policies of procedure. It is strange that temper has so often been shown, that advocates of both sides have been so free to declare an opponent "no scientist" merely because he fails to accept standards that are set forth, often with little more than personal or arbitrary opinion for a justification.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 17 Number 1, 1916, p. 19-30
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6303, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:19:47 PM

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