Board of Education

88Board of Education

Article XXVIII Section 1    Officers.  SECTION 1. There shall be a Board of Education, under the auspices of Mary Baker Eddy, President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, consisting of three members, a president, vice-president, and teacher of Christian Science. Obstetrics will not be taught.

Article XXVIII Section 2    Election.  SECT. 2. The vice-president shall be elected annually by the Christian Science Board of Directors. Beginning with 1907, the teacher shall be elected every third year by said Board, and the candidate shall be subject to the approval of the Pastor Emeritus.

Article XXVIII Section 3    President not to be Consulted.  SECT. 3. The President is not to be consulted by students on the question of applying for admission to this Board nor on their course or conduct. The students can confer with their teachers on subjects essential to their progress.

89Article XXVIII Section 4    Presidency of College.  SECT. 4. Should the President resign over her own signature or vacate her office of President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, a meeting of the Christian Science Board of Directors shall immediately be called, and the vice-president of the Board of Education being found worthy, on receiving her approval shall be elected to fill the vacancy.

Applicants and Graduates

Article XXIX Section 1    Normal Teachers.  SECTION 1. Loyal students who have been taught in a Primary class by Mrs. Eddy and have practised Christian Science healing acceptably three years, and who present such credentials as are required to verify this fact, are eligible to receive the degree of C.S.D.

Article XXIX Section 2    Qualifications.  SECT. 2. Loyal Christian Scientists’ pupils who so desire may apply to the Board of Education for instruction; and if they have practised Christian Science healing successfully three years and will furnish evidence of their eligibility therefor, they are eligible to enter 90the Normal class. All members of this class must be thorough English scholars.

Article XXIX Section 3    Certificates.  SECT. 3. Students are examined and given certificates by this Board if found qualified to receive them.

Action of the Board

Article XXX Section 1    Sessions.  SECTION 1. The term of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College will open with the Board of Education on the first Wednesday of December. The sessions will continue not over one week. None but the teacher and members of the College class shall be present at the sessions, and no Primary classes shall be taught under the auspices of this Board.

Article XXX Section 2    Special Instruction.  SECT. 2. Not less than two thorough lessons by a well qualified teacher shall be given to each Normal class on the subject of mental practice and malpractice. One student in the class shall prepare a paper on said subject that shall be read to the class, thoroughly discussed, and understood; this paper 91shall be given to the teacher, and he shall not allow it or a copy of it to remain, but shall destroy this paper.

Article XXX Section 3    Signatures.  SECT. 3. The signature of the teacher and of the President of the College shall be on all certificates issued.

Article XXX Section 4    Remuneration and Free Scholarship.  SECT. 4. Tuition of class instruction in the Board of Education shall be $100.00. The bearer of a card of free scholarship from the President, Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, shall be entitled to a free course in this department on presentation of the card to the teacher. Only the President gives free admission to classes.

Article XXX Section 5    Surplus Funds.  SECT. 5. Any surplus funds left in the hands of the Board of Education shall be paid over annually to the Treasurer of The Mother Church.

Article XXX Section 6    Primary Students.  SECT. 6. Students of Christian Science, duly instructed therein and with good moral records, not having the certificate of C.S.D. may enter the Normal class in the Board of Education, which will be held once in three years beginning A.D. 1907; provided their diplomas are for three consecutive years under Mrs. Eddy’s daily conversation on Chris92tian Science, or from the Massachusetts Metaphysical College Board of Education.

Article XXX Section 7    Healing Better than Teaching.  SECT. 7. Healing the sick and the sinner with Truth demonstrates what we affirm of Christian Science, and nothing can substitute this demonstration. I recommend that each member of this Church shall strive to demonstrate by his or her practice, that Christian Science heals the sick quickly and wholly, thus proving this Science to be all that we claim for it.

    If both husband and wife are found duly qualified to teach Christian Science, either one, not both, should teach yearly one class.

Article XXX Section 8    Not Members of The Mother Church.  SECT. 8. No person shall receive instructions in Christian Science in any class in the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, nor receive the degree of C.S.B. or C.S.D., who is not a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass.

    Only those persons who are members of this Church and possessed of the qualifications named in Sect. 9 of Article XXVI of these By-Laws shall be deemed loyal teachers of Christian Science.