Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

First Advisor

George E. Vander Beke


For a century arithmetic has been a popular subject in the elementary schools, and has consumed more time than any other subject. The war had an effect in reducing this time on arithmetic, largely due to the war-time emphasis on health, food production, back-of-the-line morale, and kindred subjects. More recently, school activities and playground work have come in for a reasonable share of the school time. The Twenty-ninth Yearbook recognizes the child as the center of interest, and the final criterion of all values being the effect any technique of teaching or any content of instruction has on the child. It is the whole child, not a part of him, which is the reality to be kept in mind. A child's PRESENT self is but a part of himself, and an educational philosophy based on the assumption that only the present interests, needs, strengths, weaknesses, and whims of the child comprise the sole or dominating aspect of the child is disregarding that the child's future is a part of him. It is of importance to realize that this child of today, is destined to live in an environment, probably of the United States between 1935 and 1985. This total environment is not to be the actualities of which we may now be dreaming. This child must . of course, be taught in methods utilizing CHILD psychology principles. Aims of this child's education must be influenced by his real nature and by the demands which life will place upon him. We should teach, then, those skills, informations, attitudes, judgments, habits, ideals, and ambitions which the child will find adequate and satisfying to his future adulthood and present childhood.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy.