There was an appreciation of the fact that schools might be improved, and suggestions had been offered as to how to bring about the desired result.
Not only in Massachusetts, but in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania, were there those who were thinking, talking, and planning, but no practicable result had as yet been reached.
In later years, after Massachusetts showed the way, and proved by results its effectiveness, other states followed.
It has been pointed out 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