Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin
Cary, C. P.
Foreword, pp. -2 PDF (506.4 KB)
2 TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOOLS Some of the normal schools In Wisconsin are paralleling the work of county training schools in respect to the training of country teach- ers. There is also provision in the normal schools at the present time for offering a two year course for country teachers beyond high school graduation. The state provides a bonus of $10 per month for the first year and $15 a month thereafter to be added to the salary of such teacher beyond the amount paid by the local school board when such service is rendered in country districts. There are twenty- seven high schools in which the state pays the salary of the teacher who has immediate charge of the pupils who are training for this work. Pupils taking the high school training course require four years beyond the eighth grade to graduate. The work of the last two years of the course is differentiated and at least one year of strictly professional work Is given during these years. In these schools sats- factory work is being accomplished. The laws of the state at the present time require at least one year of academic work and one year of professional training beyond the eighth grade, or graduation from a country school. This minimum standard Is not satisfactory and it would seem that the time is not distant when the state will require at least two years of special train- Ing beyond a four-year high school course. This is the least amoudt of preparation that can be regarded as satisfactory when require- ments for teaching In other schools are taken into consideration. The county training schools have made an excellent record for them- selves In the past fifteen years in this state. They seem to be an in- dispensable part of our educational machinery. The results of high school training have likewise proved satisfactory In the sense that the training classes are doing as well as could be expected of them under the circumstances. The aid of the high school is Imperatively needed at this time to supplement the county training school and normal school output of country teachers. It must be expected, however, that with the exception of high schools in which the principal is to an unusual degree Interested in the problem of training teachers, the work of traning will not have the momentum and the singleness of purpose to be found in institutions devoting themselves wholly to the training of teachers. It Is highly desirable to confine the work of high school training to high school graduates in the near future. I trust that the information given in this pamphlet will answer the inquiries which have come to this department during the past few years, and will furnish a basis on which a better foundation for the future country schools may be built. C. P. CARY. State Superintendent.
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