Ira Woods Howerth
By an amendment to the Constitution of the State of California, adopted by the people at the last election, the legislature is to provide for the appointment or election of a State Board of Education, which board is to "provide, compile or cause to he compiled, and adopt a uniform series of text-books for use in the day and evening elementary schools throughout the state," and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law. This in effect abolishes the existing State Board of Education and places upon the legislature the responsibility of creating a new one and defining its powers and duties.
Frederick Dean McClusky
Visual education not new. The recent emphasis upon visual education has created the impression in the minds of many persons that the movement is very new. This is not true. Slides and stereographs have been used in schools for over two decades and such visual aids as charts, models, diagrams, pictures and museum exhibits for a much longer period. Dudley Grant Hays of Chicago, A. W. Abrams of Albany, New York, C. R. Toothaker of Philadelphia, W. M. Gregory of Cleveland and others have been at the head of city or state distribution centers of visual education for many years.
This book on "What the Schools Teach and Might Teach" is one of the 25 sections of the report of the Education Survey of Cleveland conducted by the Survey Committee of the Cleveland Foundation in 1915. Twentythree of these sections will be published as separate monographs. In addition there will be a larger volume giving a summary of the findings and recommendations relating to the regular work of the public schools, and a second similar volume giving the summary of those sections relating to industrial education. Copies of all these publications may be obtained from the Cleveland Foundation. They may also be obtained from the Division of Education of the Russell Sage Foundation, New York City. A complete list will be found in the back of this volume, together with prices.
Clarence Leonard Staples
This book, offered in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, presents the results of nearly a year's research on one phase of educational method. In accordance with the scientific tendency of modern education, particularly the eclectic trend of present day educational adjustment, this dissertation attempts to collect, classify, and publish the two thousand most practical scientific Latin words incorporated in English speech. The connotation of the term "applied science" has of late become well known and commonly understood. In similar manner both the aim and the educational theory of this paper may be summed up in the words "applied Latin."
Mission Study Classes are formed for the united study of Missions. Two people can learn much more 'a subject if they get together and compare notes then if they study - ndependently. Three can do better than two and eaih additional member should be a strength to the rest. As soon as the numbers are too great for this the class is too large. Six is per- haps an ideal number though ten or twelve may not be too many. If there are sixteen students it would probably be found better to divide the class into two circles of eight members each. Let the members of a class or circle be as nearly as possible equal in attain- ment, and above all things avoid having a leader who knows a great deal more of the subject than the other members.
U.S. National Education Association
Sir: In no other country in the world do so many boys and girls receive regular high-school education of a general cultural typo as in the United States and the number of such boys and girls in this country is rapidly increasing, having more than doubled since 1905 and increased more than 60 per cent since 1910. But American democratic ideals demand not only that all should have as nearly as possible equal opportunity for education, but also that all men and women should be employed in that form of work by which they may contribute most to their own happiness and to the common good. In our complex industrial and economic life, it is little less wasteful to leave boys and girls without assistance and guidance in selecting their occupations and finding employment than it would be to leave them unaided in obtaining education.
Louisa Parsons Hopkins
This treatise is the digest of a course of lectures given to the Normal Class of the Swain Free School, New Bedford, and is the result of long and attentive observation of mental phenomena and development, carefully selected reading, and such original thought and organizing power as I could bring to a subject in which, as parent and teacher, I have been deeply interested. I acknowledge my indebtedness to modern scientific writers on the mental and nervous activities, and specifically to President Hopkins for the theory of the potentiality of the body presented in the first chapter. The text, although containing all essential data and principles, is condensed, and admits of much amplification and illustration; for I conceive it to be an essential feature of a good text-book, that it shall leave the field open for original thought and observation, and give opportunity for free discussion in the class-room, or in the mind of the reader. A sequent volume is in course of preparation on the moral nature, with its activities and relations.
Patrick Weston Joyce
This book has been written with special reference to the wants of Irish national schools. While carefully avoiding all mere theory, I have endeavoured to render the instruction contained in it, plain, useful, and practical; there is not, I believe, a plan, opinion, or suggestion in the whole book, that has not been carried out successfully, either by myself, or by others under my immediate direction.
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