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Secondary Education and Teacher Training in Germany: II. The New Program of Secondary Education


by Carl H. Becker 1931

IN MY first lecture I tried to make clear the change which the educational ideals in Germany have undergone, and to show that these new ideals, while not born of the revolution, were at least set free by it.1 They were intended to affect primary, secondary, and university education alike. It was evident from the start that such an end could not be achieved except by creating what we call in German an Einheitsschule and what might be styled in English a unitary or common school, i.e., a unified school system, based on the same guiding principles, and open to all. Here in America you practically have such a common school with its various stages firmly based one upon another. But in Germany the way to it was blocked by the existing system of schools, altogether different in character, but not easily to be discarded or changed without lowering the standard of education. To explain these difficulties and the resulting development I shall have to try to characterize in a few words the difference between the German and American systems of secondary education, although many among you may be aware of it.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 33 Number 3, 1931, p. 262-278
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7146, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:56:20 AM

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