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January 24, 1942

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical AssociationDevoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1942;118(4):327-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830040065032

Individuality and Science Methods of education have been severely criticized for mass regulations which fail to take adequate account of individual excellences. Pedagogy has been called a racket, a pressure group which has forced legislation more in the interest of the pedagogical profession than in the interest of the individual students. Schools of education are accused of padding their curriculum in an attempt to compete in standing with other disciplines, and doctorates in education are considered inferior to those in other departments. Some of the criticisms are undoubtedly due to the difficulties inherent in the study of any subject in which the variables are difficult to control. Similar criticisms come from the so-called exact sciences, mathematics, physics and chemistry, against the difficult, less exact biologic sciences botany and zoology, and some would even deny the name of science to those most difficult studies of man's social behavior. For years the

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