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March 27, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(13):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540390039009

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The third annual report of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recently issued, contains much of particular interest to members of the medical profession. Further, it indicates the enormous influence exerted by that body for uniformity of standards in education in this country. It shows that the poor work done in some of our high schools is due chiefly to the indifference of teachers and an unawakened public sentiment, and that the most serious obstacle to the development of the high schools is the ever-present competition for students between colleges, through which standards of admission are lowered. Thus the report shows that the colleges and medical schools, instead of helping, have been actually hindering the development of high schools by competing with them for students from the elementary grades. In the discussion of sectarian medicine the report indicates that if a man licensed to practice medicine is thoroughly

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