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Physical Science in Schools

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DR. WATTS quite puzzles me. I can see no contradiction between the passages from my essay of 1867 and my letter of 1876, which he silently places in juxtaposition. What I said in 1867 was (p. 261) that “science should be introduced into a school, beginning at the top and going downwards gradually to a point which will be indicated by experience.” What I say in 1876 is that experience shows, as far as I can judge, that it is not generally wise to go down very far; that one soon comes to a point at which the loss in teaching science counterbalances the gain. I am quite as sure as ever I was of the value of science in schools, in its right place.

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