Signs of the Times

[Walter R. Hepner, Superintendent of Schools, in the Bulletin of City Schools, San Diego, California]

One of the most common errors in the thinking of many people is that education consists chiefly of memorizing something. In our schools and homes we can see to it that our children memorize the Constitution, but it does not mean that they will respect law. We can teach the eternal verities, but we may produce citizens whose habits do not conform to their knowledge. Education is more than content. It is method also. The public often misunderstands the schools because of changed methods, but the schools are trying to train a generation of children who will obey the amendments to the Constitution. . . . Not only must we know the law, we must obey it. The development of this desire to understand and to obey the law is one of the most important aims sought in the new methods of civic teaching in our schools.

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September 10, 1932

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