Problems of Secondary Education by David SneddenProblems of Secondary Education by David Snedden

Problems of Secondary Education

byDavid Snedden

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1917 Excerpt: ... XIX To a Teacher of Physics and Chemistry: Along with many other persons interested in the physical sciences, you are doubtless disappointed at the place that has finally been given to chemistry and physics in modern secondary education. These subjects are distinctly not popular in the modern high school. They are taken in a perfunctory spirit, chiefly by pupils anxious to meet college-entrance requirements in them. The work has become exceedingly formal and unattractive. Many of us are convinced that our high-school graduates who have had one or both subjects have had their outlook upon the world of physical phenomena modified only to a very slight extent thereby. It is not apparent that such students possess, as a consequence of their study, any extensive appreciation of what we mean by the scientific method. They are usually quite helpless in endeavoring to interpret applications of physical science to the practical affairs of life. They have dealt so long with applications of a very abstract character, through formal and technical work in the laboratory, that the whole subject seems to have become more or less distasteful, and to be associated with problems that are unsolved and, to a large extent, incapable of solution. It may be that this characterization is somewhat less true of chemistry than of physics, but I believe that it applies to both subjects in large measure, and that it is becoming increasingly true of chemistry. Now, this outcome of science teaching in our high schools constitutes an interesting contrast to both the hopes and the fears of educators of a few decades ago. At that time, there was a royal contest in the field of education between the advocates of the sciences and the advocates of the so-called "humanities." Men who believed t...
Title:Problems of Secondary EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217743951

ISBN - 13:9780217743952