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These Are the Schools—Issues and Opinions

by Alice Miel - 1973

During its long existence the American elementary school has been variously lauded for its achievements, blamed for its failures, or simply ignored. At the turn of the century it was given credit for developing literacy and patriotism in the children of the masses. Recently, it has been faulted for causing, as its critics charge, so many children, especially those of the depressed minorities, to feel unworthy and incapable of learning what the school expects. More often than not, however, the elementary school has been taken for granted as a necessary but relatively insignificant and uninteresting preliminary event, overshadowed in importance by secondary and higher education.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 6, 1973, p. 87-111
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19480, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 4:01:08 PM

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