The Social Studies Volume 5

The Social Studies Volume 5

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: history, as in every other subject, depends mainly upon the qualifications of the teacher. It is especially necessary to emphasize this fact in connection with ancient history, because of the idea prevailing among American educators that this subject can be taught without preparation. Whereas there is an adequate number of teachers of physics and chemistry, of Latin, or of modern history who are well equipped for work in high schools, educators far too often assume that a teacher of Greek history is sufficiently prepared for " hearing a lesson," if he has merely glanced over the text-book assignment on which the pupils are to recite. This absurd condition is due to our craze for the "practical," which neglects ancient history because it seems too remote to be worthy of consideration. The resulting general ignorance of the subject has its disagreeable features. Under present conditions it is perfectly feasible for a man who has no knowledge of ancient history, beyond what he has picked up in a few second-rate manuals, to prepare a text-book which, backed by powerful publishers, will spread like wildfire over the entire country. Reviewers of such books as a rule are either too unacquainted with their subject or too tender-hearted to expose the fraud. It often happens, too, that American scholars, in treating of mediaeval or modern conditions for publication, desire to go back to the ancient antecedents of their subjects. In such cases, wherever they enter the ancient field, almost invariably they indulge in absurd blunders regarding the most elementary matters. The same condition makes it possible for an enormous foreign fakir of ancient history to traverse our country sounding the brass band of self-glorification amid the...
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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609506
  • 9781236609502