ut by Dr. W. T. Harris, late United States Commissioner of Education, that while state pride usually leads to the choice of one's own state to head the list in educational history, uniformly the second place is assigned to Massachusetts.
Martin's Massachusetts Public School System, Editor's Preface.
There is one name that stands out above all others in the early years of the educational revival, that is, prior to 1837, James G. Carter of Lancaster, Massachusetts.
A Harvard graduate of 1820, a teacher by profession, a clear, strong thinker, and a forcible writer, he began as early as 1824 to publish to the world his thoughts on the Principles of Instruction.
Then he sought to reach the public through the columns of a Boston newspaper, and suggested an outline of an institution for the education of teachers.
His ideas were new, attracted much attention, and were discussed in the periodicals of the time.
He was active in founding the American Institute of Instruction, in 1830,