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THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
NEW YORK • BOSTON - CHICAGO-
MACMILLAN & CO., Limited
LONDON . BOMBAY • CALCUTTA
THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, Ltd.
FRANKLIN T. BAKER
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN TEACHERS COLLEGE
AND SUPERVISOR OF ENGLISH IN THE
HORACE MANN SCHOOL
ASHLEY H. THORNDIKE
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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The study of English has become the basis of our educational system. From the Kindergarten, through the University, the study of our language and literature is the main element of unity and continuity that binds together the varied discipline of our schools. This has been brought about by changes so rapid that few have fully realized their importance; but every teacher of English has felt both the burden and the opportunity which its preeminence imposes.
The teaching of English must give training in the knowledge and use of the language, and of all parts of education surely none can be more fundamental, or practical, or effective in exercising the power to think. It must also open the door not only to English literature, but to the great world of books, to the accumulated culture of the race. While it trains the pupil in efficient use of the mother tongue, it must widen his horizon and render him susceptible to those refinements of feeling and enlargements of sympathy essential to true culture.
Nowhere is this double service more important than in the elementary schools. To the union and promotion of both services, Everyday English is dedicated.
Book One is built up on a few general principles:
1. Language is primarily oral.
2. Constant practice and review are necessary for skill in language, as in any art.