The Struggle for the American Curriculum, 1893-1958 by Herbert M. Kliebard

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By Herbert M. Kliebard

Released in 1987, the 1st version of The fight for the yank Curriculum was once a vintage in curriculum reviews and within the background of schooling. This new 3rd variation is punctiliously revised and up to date, and comprises new chapters at the renewed assaults at the topic curriculum within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties, in addition to the way in which person tuition topics developed over the years and have been laid low with those assaults.

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The preeminent figure in the world of education during the last quarter of the nineteenth century was undoubtedly Harris. The fact that he never produced a magnum opus like Hall’s Adolescence may lead to an underestimation of the pivotal role he played in the educational affairs of his time. During his long career, he addressed National Education Association national meetings no less than 145 times (Wesley, 1957, p. 48), and one attempt to compile his bibliography listed 479 publications (Evans, 1908).

Seem to me the greatest heresy in educational doctrine” (p. 37). As early as 1880, Harris was proclaiming the centrality of the curriculum in educational matters. “The question of the course of study,” he said, “is the most important question which the educator has before him” (p. 174), and the curriculum, in Harris’s mind, should take its cue, not from the vagaries of children’s interests or their spontaneous impulses, but from the great resources of civilization. For Harris (1886), psychological inquiry into child growth and development had its place, but it could never, in itself, direct the course of a proper education.

Dynamic Sociology did not go unnoticed. Albion Small, for example, Dewey’s respected colleague at the University of Chicago, declared several years after its publication that, “All things considered, I would rather have written Dynamic Sociology than any other book ever published in America (Commager, 1967, pp. xxvii). Nevertheless, on the first of January 1892, Ward resolved to embark on another ambitious project, and within about three months, The Psychic Factors of Civilization was nearly complete.

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