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Arithmetic in the Elementary School

by Charles H. Judd - 1937

The topic selected for this chapter by the Yearbook Committee would be easy to discuss if it laid more stress on the international character of the number system and less on teaching as practiced, or as it might be practiced, in the elementary grades. There is no difficulty at all in showing that the number system now in common use in all parts of the world is the most widely accepted instrument of intellectual life in existence. It is also easy to show that historically the so-called 'Arabic numerals' originated through the exercise of the genius of a limited part of the world's population and was by this limited population given to all peoples. It is less easy to point out how elementary-school teachers can utilize the opportunity supplied by arithmetic classes to promote the development among children of interest in, and respect for, other nations.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 36, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 38 Number 10, 1937, p. 79-84
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21332, Date Accessed: 10/21/2020 5:45:35 PM

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