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Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin

Cary, C. P.
Foreword,   pp. [1]-2 PDF (506.4 KB)

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Country teacher training has been given special emphasis by the
United States Department of Education during the past few years.
Various ways have been provided to give country-school teachers
that training which under existing conditions will best equip them for
their work. A number of factors have to be taken into consideration
when demanding certain qualifications of tbe prospective country
school teachers. The most important of these factors are adequate
facilities for those of teacher training and a sufficient number of
teachers. Standards cannot be placed so high that the supply is inade-
quate. Neither can standards be imposed without providing an oppor-
tunity to meet them.
In the United States, four types of schools have been entrusted with
the work of country teacher training,-namely. colleges and univer-
sities, normals, high schools, and a special type known as county
training schools or county 'normals, such as we have in Wisconsin.
But few of the persons trained in the first two groups go into country
schools to teach. Some of their most efficient graduates have done
much for country schools through training teachers for them. Wis-
consin is training country teachers In high schools, in county train-
ing schools, and in some of the state normal schools. A few years
ago a law was passed providing for the training of teachers in all
high schools where application was made by pupils for such instruc-
tion. Almost invariably the instruction that was given at that stage
of our development was perfunctory and bookish. Realizing that the
high schools could not be counted upon to deal with this problem in a
serious and efficient manner, the state established county training
  The course of study in the beginning was only one year in length
and pupils who were graduates of a country school course or the
eighth grade in a graded system, might enter. As time went on the
schools found it possible to double the requirements for graduation
and two year courses were established. At the same time more and
nlore high school students or even high school graduates entered the
county training school until today a fair percentage of the stujnts
.n our training schools are high school graduates. A number of
schools have gone beyond the two-year course. These schools have
always been flexible in character and have adjusted themselves as
best they might to the local condition within the limits prescribed by
law and the state department of education.
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