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Volume VIII. Number 1.


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The Social Studies in Secondary Education

The greater part of this number of the MAGAZINE is given up to the text of the Report of the Committee on Social Studies of the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education of the National Education Association. This report was issued late in November, 1916, by the United States Bureau of Education as Bulletin No. 28, 1916, and copies can be obtained either from the bureau or by sending ten cents to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. No excuse is necessary for devoting so much space to this report. It is printed here not alone to save our readers the trouble of securing a copy from Washington, but more particularly to make sure that the text of the report be placed at the earliest possible date in the hands of the four thousand readers of the MAGAZINE. The subscribers to the MAGAZINE constitute by far the most alert and most progressive body of history teachers in the country. It is important that they have an early opportunity to study the report and give expression to their views of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed plan. It is not thought desirable in this issue to make any editorial comment or criticism of the report. All of the report is here printed except the Preface, and Part IV which deals with standards by which to test methods, with the preparation of teachers and with the availability of textbooks and other materials. The actual editorial work on the report has been completed under the direction of Arthur William Dunn, special agent in Civic Education of the Bureau of Education, who has acted as secretary of the committee. The members of the committee are as follows:

Thomas Jesse Jones, Chairman, United States Bureau
of Education.
Arthur William Dunn, Secretary, United States
Bureau of Education.
W. A. Aery, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va.
J. Lynn Barnard, School of Pedagogy, Philadelphia.
George C. Bechtel, Principal, Northwestern High
School, Detroit, Mich.
F. L. Boynton, Principal, High School, Deerfield,
E. C. Branson, University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, N. C.
Henry R. Burch, West Philadelphia High School,
F. W. Carrier, Somerville High School, Somerville,
Jessie C. Evans, William Penn High School for Girls,

Frank P. Goodwin, Woodward High School, Cincin-
nati, O.
W. J. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools, Two
Rivers, Wis.
Blanche C. Hazard, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.
S. B. Howe, High School, Newark, N. J.
Clarence D. Kingsley, State High School Inspector,
Boston, Mass.
J. Herbert Low, Manual Training High School,
Brooklyn, N. Y.
William H. Mace, Syracuse University, Syracuse,
New York.
William T. Morrey, Bushwick High School, Brook-
lyn, N. Y. -
John Pettibone, High School, New Milford, Conn.
James Harvey Robinson, Columbia University, New
William A. Wheatley, Superintendent of Schools, Mid-
dletown, Conn.

In the Preface the committee states that it “issues this report with the conviction that the secondary school teachers of social studies have a remarkable opportunity to improve the citizenship of the land. This conviction is based upon the fact that the million and a third secondary school pupils constitute probably the largest and most impressionable group in the country that can be directed to a serious and systematic effort, through both study and practice, to acquire the social spirit. If the two and a half million pupils of the seventh and eighth grades are included in the secondary group according to the sixand-six plan, the opportunity will be very greatly increased.

“The committee interprets this opportunity as a responsibility which can be realized only by the development in the pupil of a constructive attitude in the consideration of all social conditions. In facing the increasing complexity of society, it is most important that the youth of the land be steadied by an unwavering faith in humanity and by an appreciation of the institutions which have contributed to the advancement of civilization.”

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