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EDITED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
PHILADELPHIA, JANUARY, 1917.
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The Social Studies in Secondary Education
The greater part of this number of the Magazine Frank P. Goodwin, Woodward High School, Cincinis given up to the text of the Report of the Com
nati, O. mittee on Social Studies of the Commission on the W. J. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, Two Reorganization of Secondary Education of the Rivers, Wis. National Education Association. This report was is Blanche C. Hazard, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. sued late in November, 1916, by the United States
S. B. Howe, High School, Newark, N. J. Bureau of Education as Bulletin No. 28, 1916, and
Clarence D. Kingsley, State High School Inspector, copies can be obtained either from the bureau or by
Boston, Mass. sending ten cents to the Superintendent of Documents,
J. Herbert Low, Manual Training High School, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C.
Brooklyn, N. Y. No excuse is necessary for devoting so much space William H. Mace, Syracuse University, Syracuse, to this report. It is printed here not alone to save New York. our readers the trouble of securing a copy from Wash
William T. Morrey, Bushwick High School, Brookington, but more particularly to make sure that the
lyn, N. Y. text of the report be placed at the earliest possible John Pettibone, High School, New Milford, Conn. date in the hands of the four thousand readers of the
James Harvey Robinson, Columbia University, New MAGAZINE. The subscribers to the MAGAZINE consti
York. tute by far the most alert and most progressive body of history teachers in the country. It is important
William A. Wheatley, Superintendent of Schools, Midthat they have an early opportunity to study the re
dletown, Conn. port and give expression to their views of the ad
In the Preface the committee states that it “issues vantages and disadvantages of the proposed plan. It is not thought desirable in this issue to make any
this report with the conviction that the secondary editorial comment or criticism of the report.
school teachers of social studies have a remarkable All of the report is here printed except the Pre- opportunity to improve the citizenship of the land. face, and Part IV which deals with standards by
This conviction is based upon the fact that the milwhich to test methods, with the preparation of teachers
lion and a third secondary school pupils constitute and with the availability of textbooks and other ma
probably the largest and most impressionable group terials.
in the country that can be directed to a serious and The actual editorial work on the report has been
systematic effort, through both study and practice, to completed under the direction of Arthur William
acquire the social spirit. If the two and a half milDunn, special agent in Civic Education of the Bureau
lion pupils of the seventh and eighth grades are inof Education, who has acted as secretary of the com
cluded in the secondary group according to the sixmittee. The members of the committee are as follows:
and-six plan, the opportunity will be very greatly in
creased. Thomas Jesse Jones, Chairman, United States Bureau
“ The committee interprets this opportunity as a reof Education, Arthur William Dunn, Secretary, United States
sponsibility which can be realized only by the deBureau of Education.
velopment in the pupil of a constructive attitude in W. A. Aery, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va.
the consideration of all social conditions. In facing J. Lynn Barnard, School of Pedagogy, Philadelphia. the increasing complexity of society, it is most importGeorge C. Bechtel, Principal, Northwestern High
ant that the youth of the land be steadied by an unSchool, Detroit, Mich.
wavering faith in humanity and by an appreciation of F. L. Boynton, Principal, High School, Deerfield, the institutions which have contributed to the advanceMass.
ment of civilization." E. C. Branson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C.
The MAGAZINE will gladly print in forthcoming Henry R. Burch, West Philadelphia High School, numbers brief statements of the opinions of teachers
upon the committee's report. If you think this reMass.
port shows excellencies or dangerous tendencies, will Jessie C. Evans, William Penn High School for Girls, you not freely use the columns of this paper to present Philadelphia.
your views to your fellow-teachers ?