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Discussion of Professor Bode's Paper

by Harold Rugg, Frederick G. Bonser & David Snedden - 1928

PROFESSOR BODE has said "one step enough" for him. In JL spite of the limitations of ten minutes—in which I can merely array captions and generalizations—I shall rush in where he feared to tread. For me, there are two crucial steps which curriculum makers can and should take now. The first is coincident with that discussed in Professor Bode's paper. It is the construction of a comprehensive curriculum1 theory with its roots in a scientific and philosophic study: first, of American civilization, second, of the needs, interests, and abilities of children —a theory, therefore, in which both American life and child life are comprehended and in which each is seen as an integrated "whole." The second step parallels and is concurrent with the first; indeed it duplicates it so closely that it is difficult to separate them. I do so merely for the purpose of emphasis. This second step is the exploration of the characteristics and the changing needs of American culture, the discovery of the chief concepts that guide intelligent thinking about that culture and the assembling of a curriculum of rich experiences through which children can develop a tolerant understanding of it and grow in the capacity to express themselves about it. The activities and materials of the curriculum, therefore, are to be based upon the known or predicted concepts, meanings, generalizations, and trends governing intelligent conduct in contemporary America. These concepts and generalizations can be found only by the most thoroughgoing analysis of American civilization. It is an essential element of my point of view, therefore, that a comprehensive theory can be erected only through a far-reaching study of American culture in its historical and world setting.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 30 Number 3, 1928, p. 192-211
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5628, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 10:22:19 PM

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