ERIC Number: ED540747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1924
Reference Count: 12
A Platoon School in Kansas City, Missouri. Bulletin, 1924, No. 25
Diemer, G. W.
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
What is the method by which the elementary school can be brought up to twentieth-century standards? The answer is "a complete administrative and curriculum reorganization of the elementary school." The efforts of John Dewey in his highly socialized experimental school in Chicago, of Merriam at Missouri University, and of William Wirt at Gary have been efforts to solve the problem. In the minds of many educators the demand for a more highly functional elementary school without excessive cost has been found in some adaptation of the duplicate, work-study-play or platoon school idea. This idea, first demonstrated at Gary, is worthy of careful and thoughtful study by every progressive educator. Enthusiasm for platoon organization, as expressed in this bulletin does not mean that it is a panacea for all the ills to which the public school is heir. It has its weaknesses, but is a safe departure from the traditional toward the ideal. The platoon plan is the one form of elementary school reorganization which has met generally with hearty public approval when given a fair trial; and it will continue to meet with public approval in any community where the superintendent and principal have a real vision as to its possibilities and at the same time will recognize and solve its problems. Henry C. Kumpf School, Weekly Bulletin, No. XI is appended. (Contains 7 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: School Organization, Curriculum Development, Experimental Schools, Elementary Schools, Progressive Education, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Equipment, Socialization, Educational Principles, Play, School Administration, School Buildings, Urban Schools, Supervision, Educational History, Educational Trends, Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Program Descriptions, Space Utilization, School Space, School Schedules, Class Organization, Educational Innovation, Experimental Curriculum
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Missouri