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A MONTHLY MAGAZINE
The Science, Art, Philosophy and
Literature of Education
FRANK HERBERT PALMER, Editor
SEPTEMBER, 1913— JUNE, 1914
120 BOYLSTON STREET
College and Religious Education, The. Wallace N. Stearns .
Compensations of a Teacher of English, The. Alice M. Dunbar 646
Education, The Organization of. Frederic W. Sanders
273, 373, 428, 522, 561
English Teachers, The Training of. Report of New England As-
Grammar, How English has been Taught in America. C. Homer
67, 132, 196, 272, 340, 404, 472, 540, 604, 664
Secondary Schools, The Need of Better Preparation of Teachers
for. Elma Ellsworth Brown
of. William Orr
of. Raymond MacFarland
Sex Hygiene, Practical Suggestions for the Teaching of.
A. Chester Tucker
Devoted to the Science, Art, Philosophy and Literature
A Review of the Pedagogical Studies in the
Teaching of Spelling
ESPITE the fact that a few far-seeing men have,
from the early years of the eighteenth century, inveighed against the dominance of spelling and the
"cruel drudgery” it entailed upon the learner, the UNMILIONAIRLINDULTE subject remained an independent discipline far into
the nineteenth century. To be able to spell was the
criterion whereby to judge the educated man and IMINIMIUDrimum
so ingrained did this become in the popular mind that even to this day our grandfathers, nay our fathers, dubiously shake their heads because spelling no longer occupies a conspicuous place on the schoolroom program and because, as they insist, the rising generation cannot spell.
In 1905 an unexpected discovery of some old examination papers at Springfield, Mass., furnished almost conclusive evidence that although more time used to be devoted to the subject, the boys and girls of 1846 did not spell as well as the boys and girls of the same age today. This old examination consisted of twenty rather difficult words, such as evanescent, feignedly, and chirography, and was given to eighty-five high school pupils, most of whom were in the second year. Only 15 obtained as high as 70%, 23 missed 17 or more words; nine had one right, and two had none.
Just 40% of all the words were correctly spelled. The same test was given in 1905 to 245 ninth grade Springfield pupils with the result that 51.2% of all the words were spelled correctly. The high school of 1846 was in good condition, more