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r of Public Schools, Boston. New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1904. P. 146. The majority of Massachusetts citizens were torpid, so far as school interests were concerned, or if aroused at all, awakened only to a spasmodic and momentary excitement over the building of a new chimney to a district schoolhouse, or the adding of a half-dollar a month to the wages of a school-mistress. And the fourth is Brooks himself. In his address before the American Institute of Instruction, at Worcester, August, 1837, he quoted from a petition to the Legislature the previous winter, and said, The committee of the institute in their petition gave their evidence before the world in these words, A very large number of both sexes who teach the summer and winter schools are to a mournful degree wanting in all these qualifications, in short, they know not what to teach, nor how to teach, nor in what spirit to teach, nor what is the nature of those they undertake to lead, nor what they are themselves to stan