Meriam, Junius L.
November 1942
Education Digest;Nov1942, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p28
The article argues that investigations on the state of American education intentionally foster a continuance of academic progression rather than boldly investigating the needs of youth. This policy is evidenced in the Pennsylvania Study of the Progressive Education Association which set up an arrangement among selected high schools and colleges in which the high schools were free to disregard college entrance requirements and the colleges accepted all high school graduates into freshman status. Principles are proposed based on the needs of youth rather than on the customs of adults. The activities of youth in their struggle for social adjustment should constitute the content of the high school curriculum. The activities of gainful occupations and civic-social participation are the proposed activities within the normal life of youth.


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