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Biology in the Horace Mann School: Preface; General Remarks on the Course


by Francis E. Lloyd & Maurice A. Bigelow 1901

The courses in botany and zoology here presented in outline are given in the first year in the Horace Mann High School, and are followed by the courses in physics and chemistry. It is still a question whether this arrangement is the best. It has been argued by some that botany and zoology should come later in the high-school course for the reason that a knowledge of chemistry and physics is necessary to any understanding of the physiology of plants and animals. And this cannot be doubted. But, on the other hand, experience has shown that even when biology has been placed later in the high-school course, preceded by chemistry and physics, only a portion of the class are sufficiently familiar with those sciences to obviate a repetition of the principles in connection with their application in the biological laboratory. So far as any distinct advantage accruing to the student or teacher is concerned, therefore, the conditions are but little different from those obtaining under the present arrangement in the Horace Mann School, under which some of the pupils enter the class from the elementary school with a slight elementary knowledge of chemistry and physics, and others with none. In either case the problem of presenting the subject of biology is much the same.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 1, 1901, p. 1-4
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9700, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 3:29:15 PM

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