October 25, 1935, Page 5
Of National Anthem
The belief of Dr.
John L. Tildsley, assistant superintendent in charge of the. city's
high schools, that The Star Spangled Banner was "too
militaristic" to be sung in high schools did not find sympathy
yesterday among his colleagues at Board of Education Hall Tuesday.
Mr. Ralph R. McKee,
vice-president of the board, said that the national anthem should be
retained "until we have something better." Mr. Edward Mandel, associate
superintendent, who has completed a survey of songs used in the public
schools, was also very emphatic in voicing his disapproval of Dr.
Dr George H.
Gartlan, director of music, dismissed the controversy as a "tempest In
"I am in favor of
retaining the song," he stated. "It is the national anthem, so why
argue about it?"
Dr. Harold G.
Campbell, Superintendent of Schools, and George J. Ryan, president of
the school board, did not comment on Dr. Tildslev's position. Other
high school officials demonstrated a like declination to be drawn into
the discussion although most expressed no reservations when they
endorsed the anthem personally.
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