College News and Departmental Notes: New Speyer School Experiment
by Departmental notes - 1916
An educational experiment that promises to have far reaching results is to be undertaken February 1st by the Board of Education of the City of New York in cooperation with Teachers College. The main feature of the experiment is to ascertain what abbreviation of the course of study during the last two years of the elementary school and the first year of the high school can be effected in the public schools of New York. This is to be accomplished partly by modification of the curriculum and by improved methods of instruction, but chiefly by adapting the rate of progress to the ability of homogeneous groups of pupils. The experiment will start in the Speyer School of Teachers College with two hundred more or less accelerant boys who have completed the sixth year in the New York schools, and who by the declaration of their parents intend to prepare for college. A similar experiment will be carried on in two other schools, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. At the beginning work will be provided only for the seventh school year. The second year will, it is hoped, so prepare some of these boys that they may the following year enter the sophomore class of the regular high schools in the city, thereby doing three years’ work in two. Results will be carefully measured.
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