ERIC Number: EJ1005863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 73
A Southern Progressive: M. A. Cassidy and the Lexington Schools, 1886-1928
Day, Richard E.; DeVries, Lindsey N.
American Educational History Journal, v39 n1 p107-125 2012
This article will consider the career of Massillon Alexander Cassidy, a Progressive Era school superintendent in Lexington, Kentucky, 1886-1928. The authors' review of school board records, personal letters, newspapers, and scholarly accounts, presents a rich outline of one man's career in public education that is illustrative of how progressive reforms came to be implemented in Kentucky. The historical record paints a picture of a beloved superintendent who brought great energy to the work of transforming the modest schools of Lexington from an undistinguished collection of dilapidated common schools, into to a more efficient system of graded schools. Cassidy improved school buildings and provided better teacher-training, while preaching the gospel of literacy and expanding educational opportunity to an increasing number of children. Under his watch, the schools in Lexington became early-adopters of progressive reforms and grew to enjoy a national reputation for quality. But the historical record on Cassidy also reveals seemingly contradictory views that defy easy categorization.
Descriptors: Superintendents, Reputation, Public Education, Career Development, Educational History, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Buildings, Progressive Education, Racial Relations, Educational Opportunities, Boards of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky