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Wisconsin High School,   pp. 159-161

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~Fig. 1. Wisconsin
BHigh School c. 1915.
cEvident in this photo
ais the off-center
Ientrance due to a
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nentrance. [series 9/3,
7,Wisconsin High
~School, x25-748]
Built in 1913 as a   practice schoolfor teachers, the Wisconsin High School was
closed in 1964. It then served journalism, social work and some women's education,
and was demolished in 1993.
n the period between 1875 and 1910, a series of efforts were made to provide and ensure a steady
supply of good teachers for the high schools of the state of Wisconsin. Although one of the aims
of the 1848 law which founded the University was "the department of the theory and practice of
elementary instruction," this goal was not actively pursued until much later. A normal department was
founded in the 1860s but was disbanded shortly after. In 1878 a law provided that any University
graduate (in any subjec, with 16 months experience at teaching was allowed an unlimited state
teaching certificate. Around the turn of the century the state and University agreed that there was a
need for a program devoted to the training of teachers. President C. K. Adams said in 1897 "one of
the weakest points in this University up to the present time, has been its failure to give the requisite
amount of theoretical and practical training in the art of imparting instruction." As part of the at-
tempts to rectify this situation, the University developed a curriculum in pedagogy for graduates who
intended to teach. The state laws governing teacher certification were altered in 1907 to reflect the
availability of specialized education for teachers.
It became clear that needed as part of the new curriculum was a way to give the students
practical experience in teaching, while at the University, and, as a corollary consideration, a way for
the department of education to test new means of teaching in a controlled environment. The 1906

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