A History Chart

1922 The School Review  
History, as it is usually taught, is a joy to the few and a bore to the many. To the ordinary boy or girl there is nothing very inspiring about a long drawn-out account of distant and unreal countries, bygone wars, and bizarre great men. On the contrary, many a high-school and college student has carried away from school a conviction that the subject is both dry and dilettante. But now that H. G. Wells has shown what may be done to make history the grandest, as well as the most intimately
more » ... st intimately practical, of studies it can be only a question of time until all schools and textbook writers adopt his plan of treatment. No other plan is comprehensive; no other is satisfying. As an aid to a broader treatment of history a new kind of chart has been constructed for the Township High School of Benton, Illinois. It is an outline "Story of Life and Mankind, " connecting up history and geology after the fashion of Mr. Wells, illustrated by objects and pictures, and always on view. The chart runs around three walls of a large classroom. It is made of strips of eight-inch board covered with sign-cloth, nearly seventy feet in all. The printing was done with rubber stamps and a ruling pen. The Geologic Time Chart, beginning on a side wall, is the first of the three sections into which the chart is divided. It is thirty and one-half feet long and shows all the geologic periods from Cambrian to Pleistocene. On it is outlined the successive appearance in time of fishes, amphibia, reptiles, and mammals. The last few inches of space on the geologic chart is extended on the second or Glacial Ages Chart to something over fourteen feet. This allows space for the details of that interesting period when man was becoming human. This chart is on the rear wall and practically continuous with the geologic chart. 139
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