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Experimental Work in Elementary Schools: Method of Solution of Educational Problems


by Frank M. McMurry - 1904

Everyone believes that remarkable progress has been made in education in this country during the last generation. Yet, the permanence of the many supposed advances must be determined by the extent to which a scientific method has been followed in the solution of problems. Up to the last few years, at least, such a method has scarcely been pursued. Educational literature shows the same questions recurring repeatedly, previous answers being rejected each time because they have been felt to be unreliable. In beginning reading, for example, we have enthused over the word, sentence, and phonic method in turn, and now refuse to accept any one of them as the method of teaching that subject. In arithmetic, likewise, the Grube method has come and gone; the Speer method has come also, and it now promises to go. Therefore, unless our method of treatment is of the right kind, we are bound to continue traveling in a circle, solving the same problems repeatedly instead of advancing economically in a straight line; and the present decade will distinguish itself from the past only by its superior capacity to become excited over educational matters.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 3, 1904, p. 1-6
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9796, Date Accessed: 10/24/2019 12:57:17 AM

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