Excerpt from Champion Spelling Book: For Public and Private Schools
For years teachers, principals, superintendents, and school boards everywhere have been wearied by the cry of business men, "The boys that you send to us can't spell." In Cleveland an educational commission of prominent citizens made an investigation in 1906 and reenforced the cry. But two years later, Cleveland girls and boys won their famous victory in the National Education Association spelling contest of 1908. The methods by which the reformation was wrought and the victory won underlie this book, hence its name.
The intensive teaching of two new words daily and the employment of spelling contests, making drill and review effective, are the prominent features that led to success. There is no reason why similar results may not be secured elsewhere by following similar methods, as explained more fully in the following pages.
The course includes six sections, numbered I, II, III IV, V, and VI. Each section is designed for a year's work.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the thousand or more Cleveland teachers, from whose grade lists the vocabulary of the Champion Spelling Book has been selected.
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