A Unit Fusion Course in the Social Studies for the Junior High School
by De Forest Stull & R. W. Hatch - 1927
TEN years ago the term 'social studies' had little, if any, definite connotation. Then, in 1915, came the bulletin on "Community Civics," followed a year later by the report on the "Teaching of the Social Studies." These bulletins aroused much discussion and no little constructive experimentation. Before this, history, with smatterings of incidental geography and government, had filled the entire field. Within the past ten years, however, various groups have made their demands on 'history,' each desirous of lopping off a more or less definite sector for itself. The first to attack was the political scientist who desired his own place in the curriculum. He was followed by the economist and the sociologist. Most of these attacks have come from the entrenched positions of nationally organized associations. Recently each of these groups has put forward its program for the schools. The chief points of difference with these specialists lie in the selection of subject matter and in emphasis. Each in his own way is a special pleader for his own subject. The problem is further complicated by the attack of educators and psychologists on the method of teaching these subjects, while the administrator waits with what resignation he can command, hoping that some semblance of order will come out of this disagreement and confusion.
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