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The Teaching of Arithmetic: Introduction


by David Eugene Smith - 1909

The edition of the TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD for March, 1903, containing the article on Mathematics in the Elementary School, by my colleague Professor McMurry and myself, having long since been exhausted, and repeated requests having been made for a reprint of this article or for a new treatment of the question, it has been thought best to set forth again the principles guiding the department of mathematics of Teachers College in its work in the teaching of arithmetic. And since educational views change more or less from time to time, with the world, the country, the school, and the individual, it has seemed wiser to prepare a new article for the RECORD than to attempt a revision of the one prepared some six years ago. To this end the scope of the discussion has been enlarged in certain respects, and the suggested curriculum has been changed in several particulars as the result of conferences with teachers and of the consideration of courses of study in use in various parts of the country. There remains, however, the general arrangement of the work by school years, and it is hoped that the suggestions for these various years may be helpful. That this helpfulness might reach not alone those who are studying at Teachers College and who have access to the best literature upon the subject, but those who are in the field as well, this article has been written in a popular rather than a strictly scientific style. It would have been easier to proceed in a more logical fashion, and to have given references to the best books and articles upon the subject treated, but this would have been to discourage many readers who should be led to higher problems by some such popular treatment. As between influencing the few or the many, on a topic of such general interest, it has been thought best to attempt the latter course.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 10 Number 1, 1909, p. 1-2
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11611, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 11:51:44 AM

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