Excerpt from Report on Normal School, 1873
In pursuance of an order in School Committee, dated May 13, 1873, the Committee on the Normal School respectfully present the following
I. In the first Annual Report of Nathan Bishop, Esq., the first Superintendent of the Public Schools of Boston (1851), there is a recommendation for the establishment of a Normal School "as a part of the Boston system of public instruction." The following is an extract from this Report: -
"I recommend the establishment of a Normal School, as a part of the Boston system of public instruction. It is due to the inhabitants of this city to establish an institution in which such of their daughters as have completed with distinguished success the course of studies in the Grammar schools may, if they are desirous of teaching, qualify themselves in the best manner for this important employment. Educated in our schools, they would be familiar with our modes of teaching and management, and would lend a cordial co-operation in carrying into effect all the provisions of the school system. It is believed that the amount of money required for the support of such a school cannot be expended in any other manner which will render so much service to the schools."
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