Fiscal Aspects of Public Education: II. Public Education and the American City
by Edward C. Elliott - 1905
II. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE AMERICAN CITYi Public Education and the Scope of Modern Municipal Needs and Activities. Undoubtedly, the most significant social phenomenon of the last half century has been the concentration of population in urban centres.ii As a direct product of modern industrial development, the city has given rise to a multitude of new and unsolved social and political problems. Without undue exaggeration it may be said that the social and political problems of the nation are becoming localized in those of the cities. Among these problems, not the least in far-reaching and fundamental importance is that of public education. How to organize and administer a scheme of public education which will provide an adequate training and instruction, both in kind and amount, for the children of the cities, has become, and is yearly becoming more so, a paramount social issue.
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