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Possible Defects in the Present Content of American History as Taught in the Schools


by Ernest Horn - 1917

The reasons given for teaching history in the elementary school are numerous and those who expound them are not always in agreement. It is not the purpose of this study to investigate the relative worth or even the existence of any value included or implied in the various aims. Its purpose is rather to examine into the implication of one assertion which has been much made of late, viz: that the chief purpose of teaching history in the elementary school is to make pupils more intelligent with respect to the more crucial activities, conditions and problems of present-day life. In other words, this study is planned to determine what the content of the course of study in history would be if all history which is not essential to such intelligence were eliminated and if items which are essential but which do not at present appear in the course of study were added. Naturally, it should throw light upon the relative emphasis to be given to each item.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 16, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 18 Number 6, 1917, p. 156-172
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20990, Date Accessed: 1/25/2020 5:58:49 AM

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