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This book begins with a discussion of the simple measures of tribal training in primitive times and carries the story of education up to the systems of teaching and methods of learning existing in America today. Part I deals with the major philosophical schools of the Greeks, the great movements in the general intellectual awakening of Western Europe in the twelfth through sixteenth centuries, the scientific method of the nineteenth century, the progressive movement of the twentieth century, and their influence on modern educational thought. Part II discusses the evolution of education in America, and Part III offers the reader a comparative study of education in England, Germany, France, and Russia. Part IV deals with the various aspects of leadership in a school system, not only at the local level but also at the federal, state and county levels, and in Part V the authors summarize the historical development of psychological thinking and the impression it has left upon modern educational practices. The authors also include a discussion of teaching as a profession and of current trends and issues in education. This over simple summary explains what constitutes the main theme of the book. But no summary could describe its interest, erudition, and range. Thus the authors discuss child psychology, federal aid to schools, desegregation of schools, academic freedom, and other important areas of concern in education today. The book is in effect an information booth for teachers, parents, students of philosophy and history, psychologists, and the general reader.

Pub Date: June 13th, 1962
Publisher: Chilton