schoolhouse, any primer would do for a text-book, any farmer's apprentice was competent to keep school.
George H. Martin, the present secretary of the Board of Education, and therefore a successor of Horace Mann, in his book which has become a standard, The Evolution of the Massachusetts Public School System, says,
The Evolution of the Massachusetts Public School System: a Historical Sketch, by George H. Martin, A. M., Supervisor 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 prev