A Course of Study in English for a Metropolitan Academic High School
by Allan Abbott - 1915
The course of study which follows was planned and in its main features carried out in the Horace Mann High School during the winters from 1912 to 1914. At that time, the school was co-educational, with about five hundred members in five classes, corresponding to grades eight to twelve. A very large proportion of the pupils were preparing for college or higher academic work of some kind; at least eighty per cent of the boys and sixty per cent of the girls. They came from well-to-do homes, in many cases homes of culture; and were actually or potentially a theater-going, book-buying, newspaper and magazine-reading, and rather widely traveled set of young people. To offset these advantages, many of them were blasť; had seen too much and done too little; were accustomed to being amused professionally, in accordance with Broadway standards, rather than to finding simple and normal interests. In ambition, habits of work, and individual ability, they varied very greatly; the school attracted young people from families of high intellectual power and culture, and also took pride in carrying along with a fair degree of success pupils of very limited efficiency. Throughout the school, effort was made to provide diversity of offering, and flexibility of administration, to meet these conditions; promotion was wholly by subject, and there were various devices for irregular promotion, partial repetition, and rapid advance. The problems of technical and commercial training did not enter.
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