College News and Departmental Notes: Secondary Education
by Departmental notes - 1920
The Speyer Junior High School is continuing as a cooperative experiment under the direction of Teachers College and the City of New York, with approximately 550 pupils, mostly boys. The, school is now an annex of Public School 43, Dr. J. K. VanDenburg, principal. Professor Thomas H. Briggs, the educational adviser, holds weekly meetings with the teachers for the purpose of improving the instruction; and all activities are directed by the regular staff of the school. The homogeneous grouping of pupils, which began with the opening of the school in 1915, has proved so successful that it has spread to a number of other public schools in the city. The Otis tests have been used during the past year for the preliminary classification of pupils when they are promoted to the seventh grade; after work has progressed for several months pupils are transferred according to the ability and industry that they have manifested. The social work of the school, described by Professor Fretwell in the TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD for September, 1919, is continued with the pupils in the school and also with the alumni, both those who are in high schools and those who have gone to work. Each group holds monthly meetings, and the entire alumni body meets twice a year to report how they are carrying out the traditions of the school. The alumni are also publishing a monthly paper, called the "Creedonian," the name suggesting the purpose of the association, the popularizing of the Speyer Creed.
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