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Secondary Education and Teacher Training in Germany: I. The Present Educational Situation in Germany


by Carl H. Becker 1931

I HAVE gratefully accepted the honor of the invitation tendered JJ, to me by the trustees of the Julius and Rosa Sachs Endowment Fund, to deliver the Sachs Lectures for this year. But I feel a certain degree of anxiety in approaching my task.1 My forerunners here, Professor Frederick J. E. Woodbridge and Sir Michael Sadler, the one an American and the other an Englishman, are men of outstanding repute. They had the advantage of being able to address you in their mother tongue, and they dealt with general themes which could be very intelligibly set forth against a mental background common to both the Anglo-Saxon nations. As a German, I shall have to address you in a language that is not my mother tongue, and I shall have to deal with problems that arise out of German conditions with which you are not familiar. If I have made bold to enter on this task, it is because I know that I can count on your indulgence toward me as a stranger, and also because I firmly believe that the problems of secondary education and the training of teachers are matters of international interest, despite the strictly national demands which these two functions of our educational system have to fulfill. The solution of the main problem, therefore, can undoubtedly be helped forward by a discussion of it between representatives of various nationalities.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 33 Number 1, 1931, p. 26-44
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7145, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:31:19 PM

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