Appraising the Social Studies Program

King, Fred M.
January 1964
Education;Jan1964, Vol. 84 Issue 5, p259
Academic Journal
The article examines some of the major criticisms of the typical social studies program in the United States. Among the criticisms of the elementary program, the one most often hear is the restrictive nature of the expanding environment philosophy around which the elementary social studies programs are built. Another criticism that is often heard about the curriculum is the insistence upon teaching facts instead of concepts. Perhaps, the aspects of the secondary program most often criticized are lack of time for comprehensive history courses, neglect of economies, geography, cultural anthropology and behavioral sciences, and repetition of the American history course. A new program is described which the Rochester, Minnesota, school system has devised in an effort to correct some of the weaknesses which prevail


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