Education: By Amateurs

Texas Historian Walter Prescott Webb (The Great Plains) deplored the dull way his state's history was taught in the Texas public schools; pupils learned the lessons dutifully and soon forgot them. Professor Webb, who teaches at the University of Texas, was convinced that children can not only learn to like history; they can help to write it. Seven years ago he organized a Junior State Historical Association, to persuade high-school kids to discover history for themselves and to write up what they found just as professional historians do.

Soon hundreds of Texas children were rifling desks at home for old letters, rummaging...

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