ow far the Prussian system could be safely adopted in the United States.
Old Colony Memorial newspaper, October 4, 1845.
The Halifax convention voted to adopt a petition to the Legislature which Mr. Brooks drew up, and which the chairman and secretary signed, praying for a teachers' seminary in Plymouth County.
Hingham Gazette, February 24, 1837. This petition sets forth at length the arguments Brooks used in his lectures, and it is worth a careful study.
Two months later, in April, 1837, the act
Acts of 1837, Chap.
241. An Act relating to Common Schools.
The secretary shall diffuse information of educational methods to the end that all children in this Commonwealth, who depend upon common schools for instruction, may have the best education which those schools can be made to impart. establishing the Board of Education was signed by Governor Edward Everett, and now Horace Mann comes into the story of the movement, for he was appointed secretary for the board.