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December 23, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(17):1086-1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520028012

From Boston, renowned as a center of culture, comes the disturbing news that health education in the Boston schools is at a low ebb and health practices in these same schools leave much to be desired. These are the claims made by the Strayer School Survey.1

Among the criticisms the following are significant: "There is no excuse for teaching in the third grade the same health material presented in the first grade." Health teaching in the Boston schools is characterized as "halting, limited, superficial and indifferent" and the Strayer surveyors find it "difficult to understand the policy that started health instruction in the schools and have made no provision for textbooks for the pupils." Many of the health lessons are characterized as writing exercises rather than health lessons: "The teacher dictates from a book and the children write what is dictated. With this sort of thing going on it

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