The Contribution of Conneacticut to the Common School System of Pennsylvania

The Contribution of Conneacticut to the Common School System of Pennsylvania

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...and most of the essential features of the present system of common schools will be found in the practice of the first settlers of the several towns which composed the two original colonies of Connecticut and New Haven before any general law was made for the regulation and support of schools or the bringing up of children."1 In both colonies there is some evidence of the existence of schools in 1639.2 New Haven records show that in 1641 the court noted that "a free school shall be set up in the town," the pastor and magistrates to consider what yearly allowance should be given to it out of the common stock of the town.2 In 1644 New Haven established a public grammar, or "free" school to train the youth for public service in church and commonwealth, and as before, the magistrates with the teaching elders were "entreated to consider... what allowance may be made for the schoolmaster's care and pains, which shall be paid out of the town's stock."4 The early records of Hartford are lost, but in 1642 the voters appropriated thirty pounds a year to the town school,5 and six years later a schoolhouse was ordered to be built, not to be devoted to any other use or employment.6 It is believed that all of the original settlements had within twenty years established schools.7 The mode of support in Hartford was adopted by the other Connecticut towns, and was partly a charge on the general funds or property of the town, and partly by a rate bill or tuition, paid by the parents or guardians of children attending school, "paying alike to the head."8 The poor were taught free of charge.9 The General Court of Hartford made provision in 1644 for an annual collection in every town in the jurisdiction for the more

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