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Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin
(1917)

Present courses of study,   pp. 4-11 PDF (2.0 MB)


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TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOOL  1U
provided for, much as music, drawing, penmanship, etc. The observa-
tion work may most profitably be taken in connection with the profe-
sional reviews, or in connection with school management.
it will be seen from an examination of this course that high school
students taking the training work have eight, or if a full unit each of
geography, agriculture, domestic science, and arithmetic is taken, ten
required academic units, leaving from two to four elective units in ad-
dition to the four professional units.
  Instead of distributing work through the junior and senior years
the four professional units may all be taken in one year. In this
case, however, no other than professional work can be taken during.
that year.
  b. Students from high schools without training departments-
    In case students in high schools in which training courses have
not been established, wish to complete the high school course, includ-
ing the training work, in four years, they will find it to their advan-
tage to enroH as students in a high school which maintains a training
course at the beginning of their junior year. If they finish their
junior year in the local high school and then go away for their profes-
sional year, care should be taken that they have twelve academic units
of work to their credit. These twelve units should include the eight
academic units required above, and four elective units. During their
year in the high school with a training department, the time of stu-
dents will be filled with professional work, and there will be po op-
portunity to take any of the work for which they have no credits.
  Many students who are obliged to leave their local high schools
in order to get professional training, first graduate at the local high
school. This is to be recommended. The high schools maintaining
training departments are enrolling many of their own graduates for
the year of professional training.
  While the state department does not at present demand that gradu-
ates desiring to take training work shall have studied the branches
listed above during their four years of training, county and city super-
intendents and high school principals are urged to counsel high school
students who intend to become country teachers to take these branches
during their high school course: English, arithmetic, geography,
civics, United States history, English history, physiology and hygiene,
domestic science, and agriculture.*
  * After the manuscript for this pamphlet went to the printer a new law
bearing on the subject was added to the statutes. It provides that after
september 1, 1919. every person to obtain any form of license or eertl-
eate to teach in any public school In Wisconsin shall have completed at
least two years of high school work, and In addition thereto shall have
completed at least one year of instruction and training preparatory to the
work of teaching: after September 1. 1921, every person to obtain any
form of license or certificate to teach in any public school In the state
Rhall have completed a four-year high-school course of study, and in ad-
Bition thereto shall have completed at least one year of Instruction and
training preparatory to the work of teaching. (See chapter 269, Laws of
1917, Section 450e).


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