Educational Guidance in the Public Schools

John P. J McCabe, Fordham University


The methodical and logical investigations of the oft maligned efficiency expert reveal some practical and imitable features. His main work consists in finding the percent of efficiency of a successful corporation, beginning with the raw material, following it through each step of its transformation process and in studying the finished product. A study of these processes, the assests and liabilities aid him in arriving at this percent of efficiency. Means are suggested to lessen or to eliminate any waste that may have been discovered. Methods are devised to improve the finished product or to utilize the byproducts.We, as professional educators, could and should learn many things rom a successful concern were we to follow the "modus operandi" of the efficiency expert. Education is but a large corporation. Our raw material consists of the six year old children who enter our portals for the purpose of obtaining an education which will aid them in their pursuit f a contented livelihood. Our schools are the factories and our teachers the operators who are expected to mold the raw material into finished products. Could we face an efficiency expert and dare him to show us how waste might be avoided how the finished product might be improved or how our byproducts might be used more advantageously? Would the present day graduate of our schools compare favorably with one of twenty five years go? Have the schools kept abreast with the advancement in science and the world at large? Are our educators using all the means at their disposal to train the growing boy and girl so that their lives may be as purposeful as possible? Are we, as public servants, doing our duty? These three questions which we, as teachers in the public schools and as employees of this great metropolis, should consider as of paramount importance.

Subject Area

Educational psychology|Education|Curriculum development

Recommended Citation

McCabe, John P. J, "Educational Guidance in the Public Schools" (1928). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI31097126.