Excerpt from Report of the Commissioner of Education, Vol. 2: For the Year Ended June 30, 1907
In this brief introduction to the statistical portion of the Report of the Bureau of Education for the school year 1906-71 shall try to show in some measure what these statistics reveal that is of interest and significance; first, to all intelligent citizens; second, to the half million men and women who are engaged in the work of teaching; and, third, to those teachers, clergymen, editors, statesmen, and other students of education who lead public opinion and should pos sess expert knowledge.
From the quantitative point of view education may be considered as a business, and educational statistics as a statement of the accounts of that business. On one side we have, as a debit account, what 18 put in - the labor of the teaching staff of the country, the supplies that are used up, the depreciation of the plant, and the time and labor of the students educated. On the other side, as a credit account, should be the changes produced in these students, their increase in bodily welfare, knowledge, skill, power, worthy interests, and noble ideals. Between the two we have, as an administrative account, a statement of the organization of the schools, the courses of study or training, the methods of teaching, the books, apparatus, tools, and other appliances, and the like.
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