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


by Franklin T. Baker 1900

In the high school the same general conditions exist as in the grammar grades, and the same general ends are kept in view. The work, therefore, differs rather in the degree of maturity it requires of the student than in its fundamental character. Here, as in the grammar grades, to get the thought from the printed page, to organize and to express ideas, to form judgments, to see the relation of literature to life, and to appreciate beauty are the objects of the course. Pupils in the secondary school are expected, however, to have wider interests, a wider range of reading, a fuller perception of forms of beauty, greater command of the media of expression, more power in introspection, in reasoning, and in sustained application. This advance in maturity naturally changes somewhat the kind and amount of work done. The instruction in English seeks to give the student, by the time he leaves the high school, a taste for reading good rather than weak or bad books, some knowledge of what the world has approved as good, some idea where such knowledge is to be found, some of the simpler canons of taste and judgment by which he may steer himself in his future reading; and the power of expressing his ideas with reasonable clearness, order, and propriety.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 3, 1900, p. 149-159
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9684, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 12:30:56 AM

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