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Botany for High Schools

Nature volume 85, page 370 (19 January 1911) | Download Citation



WHEN it is found that a school text-book of botany of average size contains, in addition to a course of morphology dealing with growth and work of parts of the flowering plant, a series of life-histories drawn from all the plant divisions and accessory chapters on ecology, economic plants and plant breeding, the question naturally arises whether careful exposition is not being sacrificed to variety. There are certainly objections to the inclusion of the life-histories from the lower cryptograms, as they are too sketchy to suffice for practical work; also the range and variation are too complex for the ordinary schoolboy or girl, while many teachers would prefer a good course of physiology or a grounding in the classification of vascular plants as an item in training.

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