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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 2 Browse Search
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could not but have appreciated the conditions of schools and of general education. Let us leave him for a while on his European trip, while we see what he must have seen, and what others certainly saw regarding the condition of schools. There are four who are competent authorities as to the condition of teachers and schools at this time. The first is James G. Carter, whose work will be later spoken of. In a paper, The Schools of Massachusetts in 1824, by James Gordon Carter. Old South Leaflets, No. 135. published in 1824, he described the teachers of the primary summer schools as possessed of very moderate attainments, for they were often very young, constantly changing their employment, and consequently with but little experience. He asks if there is any other service in which young and often ignorant persons are employed, without some previous instruction in their appropriate duties. You wonder how such teachers were appointed, and Carter explains. He says, No standard