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The Present Teaching of Mathematics in Germany: Chapter I. German vs. American Conditions


by David Eugene Smith - 1912

In one of the graduate classes of Teachers College it is the custom to devote part of each year to a study of educational problems in the field of mathematics in other countries. As a rule the students in this class are teachers of some experience. All of them are college graduates and all are desirous of knowing the best that the world is doing in the teaching of their chosen subject. In this desire they are encouraged in every practical way, it being the position of the department that such knowledge is one of the two foundation stones upon which they must build, the other being a sound knowledge of the subject matter. With these two must, of course, go much else,a knowledge of how education has come to be what it is, an outlook into modern tendencies, a knowledge of the laws of mind, and so on; but without a knowledge of mathematics and a knowledge of how it has been and is being taught at its best, all the rest lacks application and develops the mere experimenter (and too often an opinionated one) in this important field.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 2, 1912, p. 1-12
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10145, Date Accessed: 10/16/2019 8:14:08 AM

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