Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, N.O. Taff, Finley Grise

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Education in America has made substantial growth in its various phases. No factor has been more marked than in the secondary field. The South was tardy in establishing a systematic scheme owing to the devastation of a Civil War and the misunderstandings natural to a reconstruction period. Many forces for the improvement of the secondary field in this section are now accomplishing wonderful results. Accrediting associations to investigate, recommend, and regulate certain practices, different divisions of the state department of education to supervise and inspect, research organizations, graduate schools, and school authorities are adding to the fund of knowledge regarding the different conditions and situations.

This naturally leads to much study and criticism regarding the efficiency of the different types of high schools. Some of the schools are small, merely in the formative stage, and have a very small number of teachers and students, while others have large faculties and a student body that reaches into the thousands. Having evolved from the grammar school and conventional academy, in a land of varying possibilities and changing conditions, the high school cannot escape the ever perpetual experimental stage. No matter what is considered a standardized school today, tomorrow introduces new demands and situations. In this connection it seems appropriate to mention some general criticisms, and to make a study of what the high school is contributing to the educational system.


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