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

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    8     TRAINING OF TEACHERS FOR THE COUNTRY SCHOOLS
      (e) The needs of individual students may be met. Needed emphasis
   may more easily be placed on school branches in which students are
   found to be deficient. There is much more freedom possible In plan-
   ning training school courses than there is In planning high school or
   state graded courses. Elementary graduates feel more at home In
   schools where the other students are to so large an extent country
   pupils.
     (3) A professional spirit may be aroused. Pupils are surrounded
   with other pupils, all of whom are interested In teaching problems.
   This professional spirit which county training schools are fitted to
   evoke Is regarded as a great asset. Orientation of all the work to-
   wards the country is Important. This orientation is difeult but not
   impossible to secure outside of special schools.
   (4) The physical equipment may favor a lengthened course. The
   county training school building Is often a spacious one, whereas many
   local high school buildings are overcrowded.
   However, as before stated, duplication of any considerable portion
   of the high school course, In a separate school, seems objectionable.
   The cost Is greater; the duplication Is more or less needless, and
   rivalries are likely to grow bitter.
   g. A typical trahinig course. The courses offered in the differ-
   ent county training schools as has been stated above, show considerable
 variation in the length of the course, and In the branches offered;
 much more variation as to the term and year when each study is offered,
 and In the length of time given to each branch. In view of this, it
 does not seem advisable to print the course of any one school in this
 pamphlet.
   The different courses are similar in the following particulars: The
 county training schools all give, as by law required, one year of work
 or Its equivalent to professional studies preparatory to the work of
 teaching. The term "professional studles" shall be Interpreted
to in-
 elude a thorough review of the branches required by law to be taught
 in the common schools of the state of Wisconsin, the study of the
 Manual of the Course of Study provided for the common schools ob-
 servation work, at least ten weeks of practice teaching, school manage-
 ment. and school law. (See Section 450d of the school code.)
 The principal of each school submits the course adopted for that
 school to the state superintendent for his approval: whenever a new
 course is adopted in any school, this new course Is submitted.*
                    . I  State Normal Schools
  a. The elemenma     course. Most of what has been said In re-
gard to county training schools applies to the elementary rural school
courses offered In a few of our state normal schools. These courses
are more recent than those in many of the county training schools,
but on the whole bear a close resemblance to them.
  r statiaties retarding training Coope see Bieannal Ui6ort of State SuPetritendent
by 41916.
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