Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin
County superintendent and supervising teacher, pp. 55-56 PDF (439.1 KB)
56 TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOOLI other schools. the county superintendent should discover the causes *m 1 help the training teachers to improve the training given students. It is pofltable for county superintendents and supervising teachers to remember that an hour spent In a training school may do for thirty students what it will take thirty hours to do for them when hey are scattered over a (ounty. 4. The Importance of Diploma Examinaiions The county superintendent may be of much help in advising the brightest pupils from country schools to take teacher training eventu- ally. By the credit he gives for home project work and by the kind of questions he asks in his diploma examinations, and by the way he conducts them, he may be of still further assistance. We should realize the great role that these tests play in the progress of pupils. Training students should be sent out interested in the fact that the Manual suggests that the regular oral work of pupils, their reg- ular written work, their intelligence and their general reading should be taken into account by the county superintendent and su- pervising teacher during the year preceding their taking a diploma examination. When country teachers are ready to cooperate in re- gard to a high standard of daily work, we shall not have as many poorly prepared children sent out from country schools equipped with a diploma. (See the Manual for further suggestions, page 323.) The central plan for examinations as well as the central com- mencement exercises for country schools, held in a number of coun- ties, are to be highly commended. The extension of such exercises will do much to awaken a desire in many children to gain a coun- try school diploma. Training schools are an important factor in furthering their extension, and so in helping to carry out the in- junction of Dean Bailey of Cornell: "The man who tills the soil must be educated. There is more need on the side of the public welfare, to educate this man than any other man."
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