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Professionalism in Education


by William C. Bagley — 1924

The past ten years have witnessed a remarkable development of the professional spirit and attitude among American teachers. This development has found expression in a variety of ways. In the first place, professional organizations of teachers have multiplied in number and expanded in membership; these organizations have also shown a distinct tendency toward integrated and concerted action. The National Education Association has, within the past six years, increased its active membership nearly fourteenfold—namely, from 10,000 in 1918 to 140,000 in 1924. The state teachers' associations have grown during the same period until they enroll in the aggregate to-day more than half of the public-school teachers of the Nation. Many of the state associations are now divided into various sectional and local associations, and the business of the state organization is coming more and more to be conducted on the delegate basis. In a similar fashion, the control of the National Education Association is now in the hands of a representative assembly which is made up of delegates elected by the state, sectional, and local organizations that are affiliated with the national organization.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 26 Number 1, 1924, p. 1-12
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5965, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:24:35 PM

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