The Place of Commercial Work in the High-School Course of Study
by J. Stanley Brown — 1905
The most important factor in determining what work shall be offered in a course of study for any secondary school is public demand, or public opinion. Teachers themselves perform a very important and highly valuable function by creating and shaping public opinion, and he who, for fear of doing something which will not meet immediate public approval, refrains from doing what he can to shape public opinion along progressive educational lines, will soon find himself relegated to the "side lines" and no longer a real "part of the game." Public opinion precedes public demand, and sometimes the procedure is so rapid that the one almost antedates the other.
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