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The Reorganization of the High-School Course in Literature

by James F. Hosic - 1923

The study of literature has never actually attained the status of an organized course in our American high schools. The reading of a few selected masterpieces was originally begun in response to the demands of a college entrance examination in composition. Presently the examination was made to cover literature as well. Later the Webster Committee laid out a four-year scheme for English study in high schools on the basis of the forms of discourse, literature and composition to be taught together. This plan was somewhat widely adopted, but now, under fire from the Report of the Committee of Thirty, has largely passed out of favor. Composition and literature are at present somewhat generally taught as distinct subjects with separate credits. Some schools have had, and a few continue, yearly courses in American literature, the short story, the drama, and the like; but these are minority practices, confined mainly to the large cities and without any uniformity as to either grade or subject matter. A few classes follow a text in English literature, but such a book is used ordinarily only for reference.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 24 Number 4, 1923, p. 338-343
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6053, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 2:38:49 PM

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