ERIC Number: ED454603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-15
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Who Wrote the Cardinal Principles Report? The Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education Revisited.
Wraga, William G.
This study refutes Edward A. Krug's view of the primary authorship of the document created by the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education in 1918. In general, the commission endorsed cardinal principles that emphasized the practical over the intellectual as well as the importance of social control and social efficiency. The document was well received and highly influential until it began to be criticized by education scholars in the 1950s. In addition to concerns about the content of the document, Krug offered evidence that the document was primarily influenced by one member, rather than representing the ideas of the whole commission. He pointed out that one member, Clarence Kingsley, was a follower of David Snedden, whose ideas resemble those propounded by the commission. Krug's evidence is examined point by point and disputed. Similar ideas are found in sources other than Snedden, and documentation is offered to show that other members made substantive contributions to the final report. (Contains 96 references.) (RKJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia Univ., Athens. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A