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Some Implications of Making Education More Efficient

by B. F. Skinner - 1973

One solution to the economic problem of education is simply to make instruction more efficient. If we could teach, say, twice as much in the same time and with the same effort, our present staff and facilities would suffice to teach more students, teach each one more, allow for a wider range of abilities, and cover more fields, while at the same time holding smaller classes, giving teachers a more reasonable work day and more pay, and getting more support from the public by giving more in return for its money. Almost any other enterprise would try to solve an economic problem in that way. It would see whether its practices could not be made more efficient. But teachers and school administrators seldom look in that direction. Why?

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 5, 1973, p. 446-456
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19476, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 8:56:33 PM

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  • B. Skinner
    Harvard University
    B. F. SKINNER is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.
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