Education: Child's Middletown

Favorite subject of progressive educators is social studies—how and why people live and work together. Modern schools start teaching this subject early, explaining it to moppets by describing a simple society like that of Eskimos. Centerville, a textbook published last week,* brings social studies closer to U. S. children by analyzing a simple society in the Middle West's corn belt. For nine-year-olds in the third grade, Centerville is a story of a '"typical" (but unidentified) village of 309 people in Indiana. Authors of this child's Middletown are Stanford University's young Professor Paul R....

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