The American State Normal School: An Instrument of Great by Christine A. Ogren (auth.)

By Christine A. Ogren (auth.)

The American country basic college is the 1st accomplished historical past of the kingdom basic faculties within the usa. even if approximately two-hundred nation schools and local universities through the U.S. begun as 'normal' faculties, the associations themselves have buried their historical past, and students have principally neglected them. As those associations later grew to become country faculties and/or nearby universities, they distanced themselves from the low prestige of elementary-literally erasing actual proof in their normal-school earlier. In doing so, they buried the wealthy heritage of generations of scholars for whom attending common college used to be an enriching, and occasionally life-changing event. concentrating on those scholars, the 1st wave of 'non-traditional' scholars in larger schooling, the yankee nation basic tuition is a much-needed second look of the kingdom common school.This booklet was once topic of an annual heritage of schooling Society panel for top new books within the field.

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In 1862, a committee of prominent educators visited Oswego and published a report declaring: Resolved, That in the opinion of your committee the system of object teaching is admirably adapted to cultivate the perceptive faculties of the child, to furnish “ To Awaken the Conscience” 37 him with clear conceptions and the power of accurate expression, and thus to prepare him for the prosecution of the sciences or the pursuits of active life; and that the committee do recommend the adoption of the system, in whole or in part, wherever such introduction is practicable.

Professional organizations, publications, and movement of personnel fostered uniformity in different normal schools’ approaches to teacher education. Still, the information exchanged through these channels in the mid-nineteenth century tended to strengthen the “spirit of consecration” more than the scholarly or scientific substance of teacher education. Richard Edwards stated at the 1865 meeting of the National Teachers’ Association, “In our eagerness we have plucked some immature fruit. 46 Governor Everett explained that “second part of instruction in a Normal School” was “the art of teaching.

In his journal, he noted on March 27, 1840, “This day finished reading Abbott’s Teacher [The Teacher, by Jacob Abbott]. . ” Peirce’s lecture the following Saturday focused on Mann’s address. In addition to his formal Saturday lectures on teaching, Peirce was sure to discuss “more particularly and minutely, some point or points suggested by the exercises or occurrences . . relating to the internal operations of the schoolroom, or to physical, moral, or intellectual education” during weekday academic lessons.

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