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This is a two-page typed letter. The first page has a printed letterhead of 'War Department Committee on Education and Special Training' and is dated 'December 10, 1918'. It is from 'Committee on Education and Special Training' and is signed 'Frank Aydelotte, Director of War Issues Course'. It is addressed to 'Professors in charge of the War Issues Course'. The body of the letter announces that the YMCA is hiring full-time lecturers on Political Economy, United States History, American Ideals, and other social sciences topics to work in the National Army Cantonments for a period of two months. The reads, 'The YMCA wishes to add to its staff a number of lecturers on Political Economy, United States History, American Ideals, and other topics connected with the social sciences who will work in National Army Cantonments during the next two months.' The 'bulletin is issued at the request of Dr. A. O. Lovejoy, Director of Lectures, YMCA Educational Division. The work in question is not connected in any way with the Committee on Education and Special Training of the War Department, but is entirely under the control of the YMCA.' The second page of the letter has the same printed letterhead as on the first page but no additional text.
Washington, D. C.
This is a twenty-page printed pamphlet. On the center of the first page is 'Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education, Washington, D.C.' and it is titled 'Science Teaching in Secondary Schools in the War Emergency'. In the upper left-hand corner is 'Secondary School Circular No. 3' and in the upper right-hand corner is 'September, 1918'. This body of the text introduces the importance of stimulating technical and scientific training in secondary and elementary schools. The second and third pages include the 'General Recommendations' that study in science should contribute to individual and community health and that it should be encouraged among high school students. The fourth and fifth pages provide recommendations to schools on how to actively promote science and how to attract a supply of science teachers. It suggests that schools 'urge boards of education to repeal the rule, or disregard the precedent, against the employment of married women'. The sixth and seventh pages continues outlining suggestions for teacher retention. The next section is 'Suggested Outlines of Courses [-] Courses in General Science'; it begins with 'The Selection of Material and Organization', then 'Methods of Presentation', and continues with 'Samples of Topics for General Science Courses'. On the eighth and ninth pages, the list of topics for consideration is given. The next section is 'Courses in Biology' and gives a general outlines that can be used in a general biology course or separate courses of botany and zoology. The tenth and eleventh pages give more elaboration on the biology sub-topics. Many of the sub-topics emphasize the relation between the topic and the students' everyday lives. The next section is 'Courses in Physics,' and the following section is 'Suggested topics bearing on military activities'. The twelfth and thirteenth pages list these suggested topics for military activity. The next section is 'Courses in Chemistry' and emphasizes the importance of chemists' work, especially to the wartime effort. The fourteenth and fifteenth pages continue the discussion of chemistry, including the guidelines for curriculum and class organization. The sixteenth and seventeenth pages provide information about the professional opportunities in the chemical industry. The eighteenth and nineteenth pages give an outline of the 'Report on the Science Committees of the Commission on Reorganization of Secondary Education'. At the bottom right-hand side of the page is printed 'Washington: Government Printing Office: 1918'. On the twentieth and back page of the pamphlet, there is no printing.
District of Columbia