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Civic Efficiency and Elementary Studies

by Edward H. Reisner - 1918

One of the definite objectives of elementary school instruction is the development of an experience in the pupil that will be nothing less than the experience adequate for active and intelligent performance of the specific duties of citizenship. This aim has been advanced and reiterated with such force of lung and ubiquity of type that we have in many cases come to think that this is not only what the public school is for, but what it is accomplishing with signal success. And it must be admitted that there is some truth in the confident exaggeration of the gains in civic spirit and intelligence derived by the pupil from the traditional curriculum. The possession of a common national tradition as acquired from a study of school history, the knowledge of the geography of the United States and of the world as given in the elementary schools, and the knowledge of the organization of our state and national governments as taught in school civics, are of prime importance in organizing for future citizens a core of common experience. Without this common experience the American nation, consisting as it does of such varied conditions of living and such differences of racial stock distributed over so widely separated sections of territory, could not long exist.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 19 Number 3, 1918, p. 259-268
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3587, Date Accessed: 1/21/2020 4:59:47 AM

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