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Circular of Commissioner of Education,

Historical Discourse, Quarter Centennial Celebration,.

Inauguration of the first Female Principal of a Normal School,..

New York STATE NORMAL Schools,...




State University,.... NEW JERSEY,....

Trenton State Normal School; Farnum Preparatory School, ILLINOIS,...

Normal University,..

Millersville Normal School,..
Edinboro Normal School,
Mansfield Normal School,

Kutztown Normal School,

Platteville Normal School, MINNESOTA,.......

Winona State Normal School,... CALIFORNIA,

San Francisco State Normal School, Kansas,

Emporia State Normal School,.. MAINE,

Farmington State Normal School; Castine State Normal School, MARYLAND,

Baltimore State Normal School, INDIANA,...

Terre Haute State Normal School,.. SOUTH CAROLINA,.......

Charleston State and City Normal School, VERMONT,

Randolph State Normal School; Johnson State Normal School,. NEBRASKA,.....

Peru State Normal School, Он10,.

Report on Professional Training of Teachers, by Hon. E. E. While,. West VIRGINIA,

West Liberty State Normal School; Guyandotte State Normal School, DELAWARE,

Wilmington State Normal School,. LOUISIANA,

New Orleans State and City Normal School.. MISSOURI,

St. Louis City Normal School,.. INDIANA,..

City Normal and Training Schools,. Iowa,..

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Washington, D. C., 1867. IMPRESSED with the paramount importance of the Teacher, in every institution, and in all systems of instruction, public or private, the Commissioner of Education desires to obtain the fullest and latest information respecting Normal Schools, and all other institutions and agencies which exist in any State, for the preliminary training and subsequent professional improvement of teachers, especially of those connected with public schools.

The subject, as will be seen by the accompanying pages, (Classified Index, IV. and XVI.,) has already received from him much attention, and he has a mass of documentary material which he proposes to make available for the fuller discussion, all over the country, of the organization, studies, and methods of the following institutions and agencies: I. STATE NORMAL SCHOOLS.

Date and circumstances of their establishment-course of instruction, espe-

cially in the principles of education and the art of teaching-conditions of admission and graduation-privileges of diploma-whole number of

students and graduates—cost, total and annual-results thus far. II. CITY TRAINING SCHOOLS, AND CLASSES.

The same class of facts, with particulars as to the methods of training

pupil-teachers in the management and instruction of classes and an


The special work of this agency—date of first introduction-annual State

appropriation in aid-number held, and attendance each year-system


Date, and circumstances of establishment-frequency and length of meet

ings—subjects discussed-results. V. LEGAL EXAMINATION AND RECOGNITION OF TEACHERS.

The extent to which information has already been collected on each subject will be seen by reference to Classified Index, Chapters IV. and XVI. ; but statistics in all cases since 1864 are desired, and for 1867, are indispensable.

Any printed document, which has been instrumental in developing and making effective the idea of the professional training of teachers, and other information and suggestions respecting the above institutions, and other agencies and means specified in the accompanying article on the “Professional Training of Teachers,” will be acceptable. Selections from these documents will be given with the sketch of the institution to which they refer.

The information, communicated in response to this Circular, so far as relates to State and City Normal Schools, carefully edited, will be published early in 1868.



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IV. TEACHERS; NORMAL AND MODEL SCHOOLS; TEACHERS' INSTITUTES. The School and the Teacher in English Literature, Holland. Normal School at Haarlem, XIV. 501.

III, 155, 449; IV. 183; VIII, 283; XVI. 432. Prussia. Provisions for Education and Support of Legal Recognition of Teaching as a Profession ; Me- Teachers, XI. 165-190. System of Normal Schools, morial, X. 297-308.

XIV, 191-240. Seminary School at Weissenfels, The Teacher as an Artist, by Z. Richards, XIV. 69 VIII. 455; XIV. 219. Dr. Julius on, XVI. 89. The Teacher's Motives, by Horace Mann, XIV. 277. Regulations of 1854, XVI. 395. Essentials to Success in Teuching, I, 561.

Normal Schools in Switzerland, XIII. 313-440. Letters to a Young Tencher, by G. F. Thnyer, I. 357; Normal and Model Schools of Upper Canada, XIV.

II. 103, 391, 657 ; III. 71, 313; IV. 219, 450; VI. 483. 435; VIII. 81.

United States - Documentary History of Normal Lectures to Young Teachers; Intellectual Education, Schools-Adams, I. 589; Bache, VIII. 360 ; Bar.

by W. Russell, II. 113, 317; III. 47, 321; IV. nard, X, 24, 40; Bates, XVI. 453 : Brooks, I, 587; 199, 309. Moral Education, IX. 19.

Barrowes, XVI. 193; Calhoun, XVI. 86; Carter, Special Training a Pre-requisite to Teaching, by H. XVI. 77 ; Channing, XII. 453 ; Clinton, XIII. Mann, XIII. 507.

341; Dwight, IV. 16: Edwards, XVI. 271 ; EmTenchers and their Education, by W. E. Channing, erson, XVI. 93: Everett, XIII. 758; Gallaudet XII. 453.

X, 16; Hall, V, 386; XVI. 75; Humphrey, XII. Professional Training of Teachers, XIII. 269.

655; Julius, XVI. 89; Johnson, V. 798; Lindsey, Didactics as a Department in Colleges, by T. Hill, VII. 35; Mnon, V. 646 ; VIII. 360; Olmsted, V. XV, 177.

369; Peirce, IV. 305; Phelps, III. 417; Putnam, I. German Views upon Female Teachers, IV. 795. 588; Sears, XVI. 471; Stephens, VII. 368; Teachers' Conferences and other Modes of Profession- Stowe, XV, 698; Tillinghast, I, 67 ; Webster, I. al Improvement, XIII. 273.

590; Wickersham, XV. 221. Teachers' Institutes in Wisconsin, VIII. 673. In Chapter in the History of Normal Schools in New

Different States-Historical Development, XV. 387. England; Charles Brooks, I. 587.
Connecticut, 387; New York, 395; Ohio, 401; California. State Normal School, XVI. 633.
Rhode Island, 405 ; Massachusetts, 412.

Connecticut. History of State Normal School, X. School for Teachers, by W. ohnson, V, 799.

15-58 History of Teachers' Institutes, XV, 387. Teachers' Seminaries, by C. E. Stowe, XV. 688. Illinois. State Normal University at Bloomington, Relation of Normal Schools to other Institutions, by IV. 774, W. F. Phelps, III. 417.

Kentucky. State Normal School, III. 217. Historical Development of Normal Schools in Europe Maine. State Normal School, XVII. and America, XIII, 753-770.

Marylund. State Normal School, XVI. Germany and other European States--Number, Loca- Massachusetts. State Normal School at Bridgewater,

tion and Results of Normal Schools, VIII. 360 ; V, 616; XVI. 595. At Barre; Everett's Address, Professional Training of Teachers in Anholt, XV. XIII. 758. At Westfield, XII. 652. Tenchers' 345; Austria, XVI. 345; Baden, X. 212; Bavaria, Seminary at Andover, V. 386. History of TenchVI, 289; Belgium, VIII, 593 ; Brunswick, XV. ers' Institutes, XV. 387. 453 ; France, XIII, 281; Greece, XII, 579; Ann- New Jersey. Slate Normal School, MII. W. Its over, XV. 419; Hesse-Cussel, XV. 439; Hesse Aims, by D. Cole, V. 835. Farnum Preparatory Darmstadt, XIV. 416; Holland, XIV, 501, 647; School, III. 397. Lippe Detmold, XV. 475; Mecklenburg, XV. 464, New York. Stute Normal School at Albany, XIII. 472; Nassau, II. 444; Prussia, XI. 165 ; Russia, 341, 531. History of Teachers' Institutes, XV. XII. 727; Sardinia, III, 517; Saxony, V. 353 ; 395. Training School at Oswego, XVI. 230. NorSwitzerland, XIII, 313.

mal School at Brockport, XVII. Great Britain. Training Colleges in England and Ohio. History of Tenchers' Institutes, XV. 401.

Wales, X. 349. Normal Schools of the British and Normal Schools in, XVII.
Foreign School Society, X. 435. Normal and Pennsylvania. Professional Training of Teachers,
Model Schools of the Home and Coloninl Society, XIV, 721. Normal School at Millersville, XV.
IX. 449. St. Mark's Training College for Masters 221. Philndelphia Normal School for Female
of the National Society, X. 531. Battersea Train- Teachers, XIV. 797. XVI. 195. Normal School
ing School for Parochial Schoolmasters, IX. 170. at Mansfield, XVII.
Chester Diocesan Training College, X. 553. Nor- Rhode Island. Education of Teachers, XI. 222.
mal Schools for Training Schoolmistresses, X. 571; History of Teachers' Institutes. XV. 405.
Normal Schools at Edinburgh and Glasgow, X, 583. Vermont. Teachers' Seminary in 1823, XVI. 146.

Irish System of Training Teachers. XI. 136. State Normal Schools, XVII.
France. Normal Schools and Training, XIII. 281. Wisconsin. Teachers' Institutes, VIII. 673. Normal

Normal Schools of the Christian Brothers, III. 437. Schools, XVII.


The experience of every country where the schools, public, parochial, or private, have attained any high degree of excellence, and the teachers are respected for their personal and professional worth, has demonstrated that early and continued success in the work of instruction, and in the management of educational institutions generally, demands not only certain qualities of mind and character, and an amount and kind of scholarship equal at least to the standard aimed at in the schools, but special preparation in knowledge and methods, and continued efforts at self and professional improvement to obviate the inevitable tendencies of an isolated and monotonous occupation. To secure this preliminary training, and progressive improvement in individual teachers, to exclude from the profession unworthy and incompetent members, to give opportunities of a generous genial culture as the basis of all special studies, and the source of a powerful unconscious tuition in manner, character, and daily life, to protect all who follow the business of teaching from pecuniary anxiety, and increase their means of personal happiness and social influence, various institutions, agencies, and measures, legal and voluntary, have been resorted to, at different times, and in different countries. We here briefly enumerate some of these Institutions and Agencies, which will be more particularly described elsewhere.

I. Religious Communities, or Associations of persons, who, having served a severe and prolonged novitiate, or preparatory course to test their vocation, devote themselves for life, and without pecuniary fee, or worldly reward, to the business of instruction.

Such were the Benedictines, the Hieronymians, or Brethren of the Common Life, the Oratorians, the Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis of Paola, and other religious orders which have done their work, and given way to the Jesuits, the Ursulines, the Brethren of the Christian Schools, (Institut des Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes,) and other teaching communities, whose schools are found in every country where the Catholic Church is established. The Mother House of



each of these orders, where the novitiate is served, is, strictly speak ing, a Normal School, having its norma, or rule or pattern of professional life and practice. It is at the same time the home, where help, and rest and health are sought by its members in need, exhaustion, and old age. Several of these Houses preceded the establishment of Teachers' Seminaries which are the creation of the State.

II. Institutions, supported or aided by the government for the purpose of training teachers for the schools which the State has undertaken to establish to protect itself from the ignorance of any portion of its people, or to add to its resources of strength and production the cultivated intellect and restrained passions of all its citi

These institutions are called by different names, and are organized and managed on different plans in different countries, but in all, their aims and functions are special, viz., to give to young men and women, found qualified in age, character, and scholastic attainments, a practical knowledge of the labors and duties of the school

In most of the German states, where they first received governmental recognition, they are called Teachers' Seminaries or Normal Schools, although the latter designation was originally applied in Austria, to a select class in certain prominent schools composed of pupils who were receiving special instruction, and at the same time were employed as assistants in the school. In England they are called Training Colleges.

III. Classes, or departments in one or more of the best schools in the chief towns, composed of scholars who have mastered the studies of the school, and show an aptness and desire to teach. These pupils receive additional and special instruction, and are employed at a small and increasing compensation, first as assistants, then as under masters, and finally as head masters. This plan of training teachers for the public schools, especially in large towns, is the main reliance of the government in Austria and Holland, and with some modifications by which the best pupil-teacher become Queen's Scholars in the Training Colleges, in England. It is an admirable preliminary test and preparation of candidates for the regular Normal School, and might profitably be made supplementary to the latter.

IV. Courses of Lectures in all Higher Seminaries of Learning on the History, Principles, and Art of Education-designed particularly for such students as propose to teach or may be called on to organize and administer schools. Such lectures are delivered in many universities of Germany, and theological students are required to attend as a necessary preparation for the right performance of the

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