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Alexander Graham Bell's design sketch of the telephone, ca. 1876.

[Detail] Alexander Graham Bell's design sketch of the telephone

Editorial and Argument

Students can read the news clipping from the August 31, 1880 Evening Transcript on "Science vs. The Public Schools" by searching on Clippings, from August 31, 1880, to September 1, 1880. Have students write a reply to the article from their own perspective either supporting or rejecting the arguments presented in the article. Students can use the following questions to help them:

  • What are the main arguments in the article? Do you agree or disagree with them? Why? Explain your reasons in a written support or refutation of these arguments.
  • Are there additional supporting arguments for your case?
  • What authoritative sources can you cite to support your argument? Can you argue from personal experience?