Henry Barnard: An Introduction

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CHAPTER FOUR
TO RHODE ISLAND

CONNECTICUT'S clever neighbor, Rhode Island, had meanwhile been watching with thoughtful eyes the activities of Horace Mann in Massachusetts on one side, as well as the frustrated plans of Henry Barnard on the other. Wise and far-seeing Rhode Island leaders who were then in power, decided that Connecticut's entire rejected program was just what they wanted, and that they should lay hold of it as soon as possible, while the dismissed Secretary was out of a job.

"No," wrote Mr. Barnard. "I cannot accept the position. I am engaged in writing a History of Education in the United States."

"Writing history?" wrote back Governor Fenner. "It is better to make history than to write it."

The Governor had unknowingly said the right thing. Henry Barnard could see for himself that here indeed was a chance to make history. Here was an entire State, not only willing but anxious to allow him to carry out his already perfectly constructed program. He knew that he would not meet the political opposition which he had encountered in his own state -- at least for some time -- and therefore Henry Barnard laid aside his elaborate literary plans, and moved into Rhode Island as State Superintendent of Schools.

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  • Title Page *
  • TABLES AT A GLANCE *
  • Foreword *
  • Chapter One - HENRY BARNARD: DO YOU KNOW HIM? 1
  • Chapter Two - YELLOW LIGHT; PREPARING TO GO. 11
  • Chapter Three - GREEN LIGHT: GO 24
  • Chapter Four - TO RHODE ISLAND 35
  • Chapter Five - BACK TO CONNECTICUT 49
  • Chapter Six - TO THE WEST AND BACK AGAIN 63
  • Chapter Seven - A DEBT OVERPAID 71
  • Chapter Eight - THEY KNEW DR. BARNARD 78
  • Chapter Nine - DR. BARNARD AT HOME 86
  • Chapter Ten - HENRY BARNARD, HIS MARK 97
  • QUOTATIONS FROM HENRY BARNARD 107
  • POSITIONS AT A GLANCE 112
  • TRIBUTES TO HENRY BARNARD 114
  • Bibliography 118
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