The Function of the Laboratory in Secondary Education: An Address Delivered at Los Angeles Before the Science Section of the Southern California Teachers' Association, Dec. 21, 1900

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B.R. Baumgardt & Company, 1900 - 22 pages
 

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Page 11 - All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice, "but a grin without a cat!
Page 12 - ... committee takes it for granted that, in accordance with the general report of the Committee of Ten, published some time ago, the subject will be awarded a place in the curriculum, and hence the present report covers its position, the character of the course, and extent of the same. POSITION IN CURRICULUM Studies on living things appeal more strongly to students of fifteen than to those of seventeen years of age, whereas the reverse is true of precise formal argument. The power of exact reasoning...
Page 13 - ... precede work in these branches. It should, however, be preceded, in its opinion, by a year in general science and physiography. Whether illustrated by the study of plants or animals, the phenomena of life are so similar and so clearly complementary that a rational arrangement of courses calls for a study of botany and zoology in successive terms or years. Various circumstances may determine in the individual case the order to be followed, yet neither should be studied at the expense of the other,...
Page 14 - ... conviction expressed in the resolution of the Conference concerning the teaching of physiology in the lower grades. It is their belief, however, that simple and practical instruction upon the subject of personal health and its care may with advantage be given to young children. Such instruction, however, should rather be given and received (as many other things concerning conduct must be received by young children) upon authority, than as an appeal to the judgment of the pupil as based on his...
Page 9 - Definitions made in the way these pages require are good so far as they go : thejr should be corrected and supplemented by the instructor. It develops a boy more to earn a dime than to receive a dollar as a gift. If the main object of this study is the mere acquisition of facts, full descriptions of most animals can be elsewhere obtained ; but if the more important part in education is to lead the pupil to see and think for himself, then some such method as this should be used. The underlying object...
Page 15 - It seeks to present the essential structures of the whole plant kingdom by the examination of a series of types, and the facts observed are co-ordinated by a text-book or by lectures. The method involves the almost continuous use of the compound microscope. In the judgment of your committee the compound microscope is both useful and necessary in the demonstration of many important structures that should be brought to the attention of secondary-school students, but its excessive use in the first contact...
Page 13 - ... accepted, justify the opinion expressed by the Conference that such study may best be pursued in the later years of the high-school course. It should follow rather than precede the portion of the course devoted to physics and chemistry, as well as such other biological study as the course provides for. While physiology is one of the biological sciences, it should be clearly recognized that it is not, like botany or zoology, a science of observation and description ; but rather, like physics or...
Page 10 - THERE has been much discussion in recent years as to what regular prose author should be read first. For years Caesar's Gallic War had been chosen for this purpose, and this practice had become so universal as to be regarded almost as a permanent and necessary feature of our educational economy. In the Report of the Committee of Ten of the National Educational Association, published in...
Page 3 - ... the problem of man and his place in the universe. The system is indeed new in its conception, new in its manner of envisaging and attacking the problem, new also in the ultimate result towards which it sets out with a full eye to the practical value at every step taken in the course of the endeavour. It is a trite saying that there is nothing new under the sun.

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