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New Aims of Education


by David Snedden - 1928

THE "new aims" discussed in this address are not proposals for new subjects, but for new adaptations of all subjects.1 Can we, should we, have high schools for low I. Q.'s? Should we have colleges for morons? Can manual workers have "culture"? Can farmers learn from the social sciences? Can "common people" share in liberal education? Can we really democratize vocational education ? Why should we teach home economics chiefly to girls who will have small or no families, and but little to girls who will eventually have "real families"? How much arithmetic is "enough" for a youth of slightly less than average intelligence? How much skill in handwriting? Does reading The Saturday Evening Post or Harold Bell Wright's novels give culture? What are the differences between culture and Kultur and "culchaw"? Do vocational studies give culture? Do cultural studies help towards vocational success or civic success or health-conserving success? Does industrial arts (e.g., woodworking for thirteen-year-olds) contribute to vocational success? Cultural success? Any other kind of success?


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 5, 1928, p. 397-403
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5761, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 9:09:02 AM

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