To produce all of the above, three things are needed: adequate organization, careful supervision, and common-sense leading. The first is imperative, because all education is a matter of organization. The second is part of the first, as supervision is the genius of organization. The third is fundamental, for all expression -- true education -- depends on the teacher or leader, whose innate idea of the fitness of things keeps him from doing, on the one hand, that which is just customary, or, on the other hand, that which may appear to be just scientific. The science of yesterday should be the tradition of today; that is, if we are making progress in educational processes. Today's science also should be fighting yesterday's for supremacy. Common sense lies somewhere between the two.
The only two of these three Sunday school essentials that this chapter deals with are organization and supervision.
The Sunday school should be a kind of a religious regiment, martial both in its music and its virtues for its challenge to the adolescent boy. Now, every regiment, in peace or war, is properly organized with battalions, companies, and squads. Everything is accounted for, arranged for, and some one definitely held responsible for certain things -- not everything. The organization covers every member of the regiment; so should the Sunday school.
In Sunday school nomenclature the regimental battalions are "Divisions" -- Elementary, Secondary, and Adult, by name. The companies likewise are named "Departments," each division having its own as in the "Elementary" -- "Cradle Roll," "Beginners," "Primary," and "Junior." The squads in each case are the "Classes" that make up the Departments. It is essential that the Secondary, or Teen Age Division, which enrolls the adolescent boy, be adequately organized.
Regiments, Battalions, Companies, and Squads must be properly officered -- must be supervised. Colonels, Majors, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants and Corporals are the arteries of an army. In Sunday school language, the head of the regiment is the General Superintendent, and all the heads of divisions and departments are likewise named Superintendent. The leader of the squad is the Teacher. Then a properly supervised Sunday school is organized not unlike an army, and would be, according to a diagram, like the following:
Cradle Roll Intermediate Organized Bible
Beginners' Senior Home Superintendent Superintendent Superintendent
Thus the modern school of the church would have at least twelve superintendents to oversee its work, to say nothing of the special workers, such as Training, Missionary and Temperance. This may seem like an unnecessary array of officers, but the experienced will admit that they are essential to good results in teaching boys and girls of varying requirements. Not until the Secondary or Teen Age Division is adequately supervised, will the teen age boy or his religious education be properly cared for.
BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
Frost. -- The Church School (.65).
Cope. -- Efficiency in the Sunday School ([USD]1.00).
Lawrance. -- Housing the Sunday School ([USD]2.00).
-- How to Conduct a Sunday School ([USD]1.25).
Meyer. -- The Graded Sunday School in Principle and Practice (.75).
SCHEME OF ORGANIZATION OF THE MODERN SUNDAY SCHOOL
DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENTS
ELEMENTARY " SECONDARY " ADULT " SPECIAL -- -- -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -+ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Cradle Roll " (A) " Adult " Missionary (1 Minute-3 " Intermediate " Bible "