Report of the Committee of Ten on Secondary School Studies: With the Reports of the Conferences Arranged by the Committee
National Educational Association, 1894 - Education - 249 pages
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This is an amazing report.The chairman of the committee, Harvard President Charles Eliot, had spent two years exploring European education. He didn't just study schools and institutions, but the interaction of education in all activities in society from the lowest to the highest.
The report is anything but stuffily intellectual. It goes into extraordinary practical detail, e.g. hours and time frame of instruction, the proper role of memorization and its abuse in the form of rote learning and glib recitations, the need for school libraries (then very limited); flexibility of class work, recognition of individual characteristics of students, teacher training, adaptation of schools to local conditions, college entrance examinations. Separate conferences reviewed each major core area, e.g. history, civil government, and political economy; biology (zoology and botany); geography (physiography, geology, etc.); history, civic government and political economy. it also deals with gradual development of skills from early grades, coverage of hygiene as a part of physiology (biology), and water supply basics.
If I could run my own or my childrens' education over again I would like it at a school guided by the principles of this 1894 report!