The Platoon School: A Study of the Adaptation of the Elementary School Organization to the Curriculum

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Macmillan, 1924 - Education - 262 pages

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Page 34 - CLASSIFICATION. The first element of superiority in a Prussian school, and one whose influence extends throughout the whole subsequent course of instruction, consists in the proper classification of the scholars. In all places where the numbers are sufficiently large to allow it, the children are divided according to ages and attainments ; and a single teacher has the charge only of a single class, or of as small a number of classes as is practicable.
Page 37 - During the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century, the application of quantitative methods of science was extended to psychology and so to education. This period saw the development of the 'test' phenomenon, which culminated in the test boom of the 1920 to 1930 period.
Page 108 - They are, almost universally, badly located, exposed to the noise, dust and danger of the highway, unattractive, if not positively repulsive in their external and internal appearance, and built at the least possible expense of material and labor.
Page 41 - The per-capita cost for classroom study under good conditions is from $100 to $200, for play and physical training from $10 to $25, for work from $20 to $125, for an auditorium from $10 to $25.
Page 50 - The alternating of the platoons in the middle of the morning and the middle of the afternoon...
Page 20 - ... INTEREST AND DISCIPLINE Just because interest is an outreaching thing, a thing of growth and expansion in the realization of impulse, there can be no conflict between its genuine utilization and the securing of that power and efficiency which mark the trained mind — which constitute real "discipline".
Page 34 - Let us suppose a teacher to have the charge of but one class, and to have talent and resources sufficient properly to engage and occupy its attention, and we suppose a perfect school. But how greatly are the teacher's duties Increased and his difficulties multiplied if he have four, five, or half a dozen classes under his personal inspection.
Page 109 - Ъе supposed to haunt the dreary solitudes which surround them. The internal condition of these school-houses is in perfect keeping with the external. In several of them, the plastering is broken and missing, to say nothing of the dark and dingy color of what remains. The stoves are smoky, and the benches and desks are so high as to be better adapted to the children of a race ol'giants.
Page 35 - ... accompany them to the playground, at recess or intermission, without leaving any behind who might be disposed to take advantage of his absence. All this will become more and more obvious, as I proceed with a description of exercises. There is no obstacle whatever, save prescription, and that...
Page 47 - This policy, adopted unanimously, declared: (1) That the educational needs of children of the kindergarten and the first six grades be met by building large elementary schools, with auditoriums and gymnasiums, planned definitely to satisfy the requirements of the "platoon" or "duplicate

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