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of work it had kept pace with the advance in the teaching of English
which was so marked in this period, and at the close in number and
character of courses of instruction it was inferior to the department of
English in no institution of like rank in the country. It owed its
excellence, first, to Dr. Sledd, under whose inspiring leadership it
proved so attractive to students, and next to Dr. McCutcheon and later
to Dr. Jones, who got their interest in the study of English under Dr.
Sledd's teaching, and who when the time was ripe, came back to add
to the betterment of the department what they had learned in the
universities and other institutions.
When President Poteat entered on his administration Professor
Darius Eatman had for two years been in charge of the department of
Education; he continued in it until his resignation in May, 1907. He
was conservative and made no innovations; in 1906-07 he offered
three courses, Elementary Pedagogy, Psychology of Education, and
History of Education. For his successor the Trustees on July 8, 1907,
chose Professor John H. Highsmith, a graduate of Trinity College
(Duke), in the class of 1900, who for the year 1906-07 had been
Professor of Bible and Philosophy in the Baptist University for
Women (Meredith College). He was an aggressive exponent of the
newer educational methods, then being powerfully promoted at
Teachers' College, Columbia University, and taught and emphasized
them in his courses at Wake Forest. In general, however, so far as
possible he made all his instruction serve towards fitting his students
for the work they were expecting to do in the schools as teachers,
principals and superintendents. In his first year he made arrangements
for those of his students who might desire to become teachers to do
practice work in teaching in the Wake Forest public schools. In 1906-
07 the catalogue shows for the first time that some of the various
departments of instruction in the College such as English, Latin,
mathematics, chemistry, history, were offering courses for
prospective teachers of their subjects in high school.
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