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Agricultural education

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In September 1924 I began teaching mathematics in the Methuen High School, Methuen, Massachusetts. During that year I taught two classes in beginners Algebra. The textbook used was Hawkes, Luby, and Touton - First Course in Algebra. At the end of the school year I found myself very much dissatisfied with the work accomplished. I felt that too much time had been devoted to drill exercises and not enough emphasis placed on the understanding of the why and wherefore. In fact so much time had been devoted to the acquiring of skills in algebraic computations that scarcely any time was left for the solution of ordinary quantitative problems which require insight and mental power rather than skill in symbolic manipulation.