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Social Foundations of General Education

by Robert J. Havighurst - 1952

Putting a large proportion of young people into an institution of formal education during their adolescence is a revolutionary procedure. In fact, it has been tried only in North America and Northern Europe, and during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The first step in this direction was accomplished in the nineteenth century, when children were put into schools and kept there up to the ages of twelve or fourteen. The twentieth century has seen the next step- the extension of general education to ages sixteen and eighteenówith the beginnings, in the U.S.A., of general education for eighteen- to twenty-year-olds. By 1940, 15 per cent of American youth were entering pest-high-school institutions. At present there is talk of doubling or trebling that number.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 51, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 53 Number 9, 1952, p. 71-96
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20088, Date Accessed: 8/15/2020 3:46:57 AM

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