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Committee of Ten of the National Education Association

  • By: Chara Haeussler Bohan
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

In the 1890s, the Committee of Ten's landmark report fostered the development of the emergent field of curriculum studies. Concerned with the problem of inconsistent college entrance requirements, the National Education Association (NEA), at a meeting in 1892, authorized the Committee of Ten to recommend standards for the various core subjects in the secondary school curriculum. The Committee of Ten comprised nine subconfer-ences based on the academic disciplines of (1) Latin; (2) Greek; (3) English; (4) modern languages; (5) mathematics; (6) physics, astronomy, and chemistry; (7) natural history; (8) history, civil government, and political economy; and (9) geography. Despite its limited charge, the committee's work ultimately extended far beyond the purpose of developing common college entrance standards and significantly impacted the high school curriculum.

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