f 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, an organization that still exists in a flourishing condition, thus proving Carter's appreciation of what was needed.
Later, as a member of the Legislature, he strove earnestly for the cause of education, as we shall see presently.
Barnards Journal of Education, Vol.
V, pp. 407-416; also Hinsdale's Mann.
p. 52; Martin's Public School System, p. 147.
But there was one thing lacking to set the work going, namely, the arousing of public sentiment to demand action that would lead to bet