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Geography in the Horace Mann Schools: Elementary Course


by Richard Elwood Dodge & Clara B. Kirchwey 1901

THE COURSE IN GEOGRAPHY IN THE HORACE MANN SCHOOLS The course in geography in the Horace Mann School is naturally divided into two parts, that in the Elementary School and that in the High School. Geography holds an important place in the Elementary School from the third to the eighth year inclusive, and physical geography is an elective study in the fourth year of the Secondary School. These two aspects of the field will be considered in turn. ELEMENTARY COURSE The supervisor or superintendent who has to outline a course in geography for the elementary school is confronted with a task neither easy nor small. The breadth of the subject is so great and the precedents already established in reference to geography are so strong that it is very hard to enter the field unbiased as to method of treatment, and free to organize a course that shall be strong, progressive, sensible and practical. Such an outline can only be made by carefully deciding upon certain fundamental principles and then following those principles. These fundamental problems include the point of view that a true conception of geography demands, the determination of what the children ought to secure of value from the study of geography, the relation of the subject to other subjects in the curriculum, and finally the method of treatment that will ensure the best training of children in geography, both from the standpoint of their present needs and their future probable needs.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 2, 1901, p. 63-134
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9704, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:49:38 PM

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