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A Program for the Social Studies in the Junior and Senior High School


by R. W. Hatch - 1923

This brief introductory statement is necessary if one is to understand the conditions out of which the need has arisen for a constructive program in the field of the social studies. At the outset I wish to make my position clear, namely, that I am not so much interested in "the social studies" as in "a social science." I am not one of those who believe in history or civics or geography or any subject for its own sake. As a teacher of youth I do not have the specialist's interest in any of these subjects of study. I want to see the various tributaries—history, geography, civics, economics, sociology—each contributing to one main stream. This means a reorganization of worth-while materials in all these fields. Some of us have felt for a long time that a large percentage of the details of history is valueless, that much of formal geography is equally worthless, and that altogether too large an amount of the old instruction in government never has carried over into constructive citizenship.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 22, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 24 Number 7, 1923, p. 126-154
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20894, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 11:46:30 AM

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