Excerpt from State of Maryland Teachers Year Book: For the Information, Use, and Guidance of Officials and Teachers of the Public Schools of the State of Maryland; Scholastic Year 1916-1917
Teachers and school officials, do we know the import and mean ing of.our new school law which has been discussed and praised iif every state in the Union since its passage Are we familiar with its provisions, its purposes, and its possibilities? I dare say even those of us who are best posted on its features have not a proper concep tion of the great stride in public school progress the new law makes possible. Instead of a State Superintendent and his assistant, who heretofore have been required to attend to all the supervision given the school from the State Department, we are to have three addi tional professional assistants, viz: a State high school supervisor, a rural school supervisor, and a white supervisor of colored schools. This provision should more than double the efiiciency of the State Department 'of Education. In the counties the step toward more effective administration has been just as marked. Each county will have an attendance officer who is called in the law a professional assistant and whose entire time is to be given to the work under the direction of the county superintendent. Each county with as many as one hundred teachers, will have a supervisor of the elementary grades. This scheme for close supervision, for helpful assistance and cooperation is perhaps the biggest thing in the law so full of prom ising results. Do we. Want and will we welcome the people who will thus come into the service to strengthen the weak places in the old law? Or will we complain and antagonize, lest our duties be in creased by providing definite means for checking the quality of our instruction? Good teachers have nothing to fear and much to gain by adequate supervision. Teachers without experience, but who havethe right attitude toward the work will find through this provision the quickest road to success in the school room. Pupils of all grades can look forward with good cheer to school life as abounding in facili ties to make them live well in school and to furnish the proper stim uli to arouse worthy interests. Parents who want to give their children that which cannot be taken away from them through the wicked designing of others may find much encouragement in the promises of the newer system Of instruction. There Will come some disappointments to at least a few of our present corps of teachers; the grade, the classification of their certificates may be changed and their salaries affected. Many may regret that their claims were not recognized in asking to be made supervisors or attendance officers. Patrons and friends will likely feel displeased that school taxes have jumped and the naming of principal teachers has been taken away from their representatives in the system - the trustees. But let us all give the new order of things a fair trial knowing that the problem of universal education is the biggest task of the State and that when properly solved, it means the State's biggest advancement.
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