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ERIC Number: ED261048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-17
Pages: 13
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Dudley Allen Sargent: How I Became a Victim of Big-Time Football in 1889.
Bennett, Bruce L.
Dudley A. Sargent, M.D., was Director of the Hemenway Gymnasium at Harvard University for 1879 to 1919. For the first ten years he was also an Assistant Professor of Physical Training. In 1889, President Eliot recommended that Dr. Sargent be promoted to full professor. In an unprecedented action the Board of Overseers rejected Eliot's recommendation and stripped Sargent of his faculty status altogether. This action was due primarily to Sargent's participation on the first Faculty Athletic Committee which established the first regulations for Harvard athletes and banned football for one year because of its roughness and violence. These actions antagonized the younger alumni but also displeased some of the older alumni and faculty who fought to eliminate all sports. This paper, writtnen in the first person singular, as if it were Sargent himself writing, presents the views of Dr. Sargent on a number of topics such as the aims of physical education, physical education in the elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities, activities for adults and women, problems of intercollegiate athletics, and the place of physical education in general education. These views are taken directly from the writings and speeches of Dr. Sargent over a period of 35 years. (SP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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