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Public Education in America: A First Course


reviewed by Robert M. Weiss - 1957

coverTitle: Public Education in America: A First Course
Author(s): George R. Cressman, Harold W. Benda
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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There is no such thing as a universally usable text for the first course in American education. I doubt that there ever will be. The purpose of the course is not only to present an overview of the field but also to stress the slighted areas in the total professional program of teacher education. Since we do not have national standardization (and I trust we never will), the ideal work can exist only in reference to a specific situation. Another reason there will never be such a textbook is that the subject matter is now taught anywhere from high school through the graduate level. The concept of readiness is a delicate one. Before psychologists made us aware of it, we assumed that the major difference between the lower and the higher grades was quantitative. The lists of spelling words in colonial primers show little concern for simplicity. At the other extreme... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 59 Number 2, 1957, p. 127-127
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4466, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 3:09:38 PM

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