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"The teachers and psychologists who are the Bank Street group lay no claim to the discovery of any new axioms in educational practice. They have invented no method, no device, no gadget that opens magic doors to learning. What they have done is to establish principles based upon the needs and purposes of children, related to the world in which they live..." This article illustrates a program at City and Country School in which class jobs, such as running the school post office, supply store, and printing shop form the base for social studies experiences. Applying a philosophy similar to that of Bank Street, the curriculum takes into account the maturity and developmental levels of the children, and creates an environment of first hand learning experiences as a backdrop for an enriched integrated curriculum. The magic doors to learning are thus opened.

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Bank Street College of Education


New York


social studies, Bank Street College, classroom practice, progressive education, experiential learning


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Methods | Elementary Education and Teaching | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


69 Bank Street Publications, no. 79. Reprinted with permission from Social Studies for Older Children: Programs for Grade Four, Five, and Six. Loretta E. Klee, ed. Washington, National Council for the Social Studies, 1952.

The Bank Street Program: Child Growth and Learning in Social Studies Experiences (1952)