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

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   TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOOIB              7
or state graded school only if it offers the same course in the junior
year that is offered generally in the ninth grade of state graded or
high schools.
Again, if the county training school offers regular ninth grade work,
it ministers to the needs of many pupils who. take ninth grade work in
their own school before deciding, or before they know, whether or not
they can complete a high school course or must begin work sooner.
The training school offering regular ninth grade work has the further
satisfaction that it has not in any possible way arrested the normal
development of the educational system of the county.
  If county training schools have the utmost freedom in planning their
own courses, the temptation presents itself to undertake too intensive
study of elementary branches; or a training school may spend an
undue amount of time on professional work. Instead of devoting an
excessive amount of time to either elementary subjects or to profes-
sional work the students are greatly benefited by the study of high
school branches, as they give a broader view of a wider field.
  (t) The advantages that come from offering other than regular ninth
grade work in the junior year of the county training school course
should be considered. Many principals and superintendents consider
that other studies such as music, drawing, and construction work are
more important. Students are frequently very deficient in common
school subjects. Country teachers need to know these subjects exceed-
ingly well so the training school teachers may decide that the junior
year should be devoted to an intensive study of them.
  If the county training school elects its own junior course, the pro-
fessional work need not be entirely confined to the senior year, but
can be distributed throughout the course. It is a frequent observation
that it is better to so distribute it.
  Some schools require students who have already finished the tenth
grade work in a state graded school to take two years in the county
training school. In this case the work offered during the junior year
must necessarily differ from regular ninth grade work.
  Many training students are interested in eventually getting a higher
certificate, so second and first grade subjects offered somewhere in the
course, some of them in the junior year, meet their needs.
   f. Reasons for Lemgthefng Traing School Oourse&    The ques-
tion of a three-year or even a four-year course in a county training
school needs consideration. The following reasons hive been given
for a course of such length.
   (1) A higher standard of work is possible. The principal and the
 patrons of the school may feel that a higher standard of work may be
 reached in a county training school than in a state graded school or
 In a high schooL This is often true because training teachers have
 more experience and experience of a kind likely to make them better
 acquainted with the needs of country students. The salaries paid
 in some of the training schools have helped to attract some of the
 best teachers to these schools.
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