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The textbook, how to use and judge it (1918) PDF book by Alfred Lawrence Hall-Quest

The textbook, how to use and judge it (1918) PDF book by  Alfred Lawrence Hall-Quest

The textbook, how to use and judge it

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In presenting this discussion on the Textbook to the school public I confess to a considerable amount of fear and trembling, not unlike that of the pioneer who penetrates the dark unknown wilderness, or of him who manipulates his acids and compounds hi the search for some chemical truth. I have sought in vain for any treatment of this subject in book form.

After wrestling with the problem for many months I have grounds to suspect the reasons for no earlier attempt having been made to organize the various aspects of this subject into some sort of unified study. I shall anticipate the critic's attack by saying that I know, perhaps better than he, the limitations of my effort. My real purpose in offering the book to school administrators and teachers is to arouse, if possible, someone among them to construct a volume on the textbook that will be more adequate than 'my own attempt. Graduate students will find many fascinating problems in this field. Every teacher who shares the responsibility of selecting texts must feel the thrill of exploration in this almost untouched department of instruction. There are, to be sure, many studies on the textbook being made by committees assigned the difficult task of recommending suitable school books in the various subjects; but many of these lie undiscovered in the offices of school superintendents, and have not been made available beyond the school system immediately concerned in their use.


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