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Discovery method

A teaching method based on permitting a student to acquire knowledge by discovering it directly, usually through experimentation. Most commonly used in laboratory science experiments, the discovery method can be applied to all levels of education and in almost all subjects if the teacher points the student in the proper direction and provides enough materials in correct sequence to permit the inevitable discovery.

Ceiling budget

A spending plan whose annual percentage increases are limited by law.

Glorious Revolution

The bloodless revolution (actually, a series of covenants) of 1688 that replaced the Catholic James II

Full-state assumption

A policy whereby the state government assumes all funding for public schools.

Church of England

The third of the Protestant churches to emerge during the Reformation, after Lutheranism and Calvinism.

Therapeutic school

Any of the approximately 300 day schools, boarding schools and camps that offer psychological and behavioral therapy along with as standard a program of academics and physical education as the children can tolerate.

John Wanamaker Commercial Institute

A pioneer CORPORATION SCHOOL started in 1897 to improve employee skills and overall education at the then-huge John Wanamaker and Company department store chain.

Reading games

Any of a variety of entertaining activities that require students to read. Some reading games, such as crossword puzzles, picture riddles, rebuses and card games, are commercially prepared; others are prepared by teachers.

American Missionary Association

One of the many white, northern religious organizations that founded mission schools throughout the South to educate former slaves in the decades after the Civil War.

Church-state conflicts

In education, those conflicts centering over government prohibition against the teaching or practice of any religion in publicly funded educational institutions.

Tests

In education, any of a wide variety of instruments designed to evaluate a student’s aptitudes, skills, knowledge or intelligence.

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