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The Course in English in the Horace Mann School, Teachers College: Outline of Courses in Elementary School


by Franklin T. Baker 1900

The English work is necessarily one of the most important branches in the elementary school. In the lowest grades it is the principal means of approach for the child to most that he is to learn in his school course. Hence it claims the principal share of his time and attention. Though its relative importance decreases in the upper grades, it must receive a large amount of time through the whole elementary school. But the claim of the English for abundant time rests on other and higher grounds than its necessity as a medium through which knowledge is gained. It is an end in itself. Its results are not remote only, but immediate. Literature is an avenue through which the child comes into contact with the best of human experience, with the fullest expression of the ideals of the race, and with its interpretation of its social phenomena. It presents these organized experiences in the concrete form upon which the young intelligence can lay hold before the scientific faculty-is developed, and by giving to these experiences an ideal quality that adds to their clearness and their beauty, adds to their effectiveness in determining the quality of thought and action.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 3, 1900, p. 126-140
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9682, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:45:03 AM

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