The Three R's

Archive Report

New Emphasis on Learning's Basic Skills

Concern over the failure of many American students to acquire proficiency in the basic skills of learning has inspired a country-wide effort to strengthen instruction in the three R's at all levels of the educational process. The national need for more highly trained men and women; complaints that Johnny never learned to read, or write, or do sums properly; biting criticism of prevailing school practices by crusaders for “basic education” have all contributed to a revival of emphasis on “reading, ’riting and’ rithmetic.”

Revision of curricula has been the main theme of most educational conferences in recent years. At the local level school authorities have been re-assessing their programs and teaching techniques. Many school systems are introducing new teaching materials ...

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