Is Subject Matter Obsolete?

Bagley, William C.
May 1955
Education Digest;May1955, Vol. 20 Issue 9, p35
The article discusses the proposal to abandon entirely all efforts to present learning materials in the form of organized bodies of subject matter, such as arithmetic, geography, physics or geometry, and to bring to the learner from these and other fields materials that he may need from time to time in solving the self-recognized problems of his own life or in realizing his own immediate purposes. Two fallacies are implicit in such proposals. The first mistaken belief is that the only way in which organized subject matter can be mastered is by the parrot-like memorizing of words. The second fallacy is the assumption that in the individual life, knowledge has only one function.


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