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Sociological Problems of Modern Language Instruction in Public Schools


by David Snedden - 1922

In contemporary efforts to substitute scientific for faith values in secondary education, early consideration should be given to the modern languages. These share with Latin and algebra protected positions made by college entrance requirements. Public credulity as to their values is easily intrigued. Instruction in public school French, Spanish, and German now costs probably not far from $10,000,000 annually in the United States. It is a safe estimate that on the average each of 500,000 students gives at least 350 hours of time to the study of these subjects yearly. The results of this investment of money and learning energy ought soon to be capable of approximate inventory. What proportion of the thousands of youths who, ten to thirty years ago, gave an average of two hours a day for two to four years to French or German or both, have now any tangible powers or appreciations to show for their outlay? What proportion ever use a modern language or would have occasion to do so if they could?


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 1, 1922, p. 1-11
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4147, Date Accessed: 10/15/2019 7:59:00 AM

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