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A Monthly Magazine
THE SCIENCE, ART, PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
FRANK H. KASSON, EDITOR.
50 BROMFIELD STREET
Brown-Séquard, Life and Work of. Mrs. William D. Cabell
Tucker, Arthur T. Hadley, Charles F. Thwing, Franklin Carter
English, College Requirements in. Maud Elmer Kingsley, A.M. .
English, High School Course in. Frances W. Lewis
Evangeline, The Art of. Miss Della Courson
Foreign Language, Learning a. Boris D. Bagen, Ph.D.
History, Modern Methods of Teaching. Milo A. Tucker
Mathematics in High Schools. E. S. Loomis, Ph D.
Misdirected Energy. Hope Altruist
Pennsylvania, School System of. Lewis R. Harley, Ph.D.
64, 128, 192, 258, 322, 386, 452, 520, 584, 650
State Universities of the West. J. L. Pickard, LL.D.
99 35 414
28 531 621 298
Sympathy in the High School Teacher, B. B. Sciurus
65 339 291
DEVOTED TO THE SCIENCE, Art, PHILOSOPHY AND
LITERATURE OF REDUCATION.
THE SUPERINTENDENT-A DICTATOR OR LEADER,
HON. HENRY SABIN, DES MOINES, IOWA.
HE present trend of the times is to lodge in the hands of
the city superintendent almost supreme power in strictly educational affairs, and to separate his office from the business or administrative functions of the board. This scheme finds many advocates, particularly in the larger cities. In imitation, in many small towns and cities the superintendent asks to be allowed to exercise the same powers. He claims the right to appoint and dismiss teachers at his own pleasure; to select and change text-books without any interference of school authorities; and to arrange courses of studies as seems to him best. In short,
He is monarch of all he surveys;
His right there is none to dispute. This is done under pretense of removing the schools from the control of local politicians, who use the appointing power to further their own designs. The experiment remains to be tested whether it is wise to intrust so much absolute power into the hands of one man. It is generally a wise maxim, especially in a democracy, to distribute power and limit, if not divide, responsibility. It may well be questioned whether the administration of school matters affords an exception to this general rule.