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[245] in the profession unless they quit it for matrimony, while men are easily withdrawn from it. Most of the able public-school teachers whom I have known in years past, of the male sex, are now clergymen or lawyers, while many of the ablest women are still teaching.

There remains the assumption that women, as women, are ordinarily less well trained for teaching than men would be-certainly than German men. This disadvantage as to training did undoubtedly exist in times past, and it is still found in small country hamlets, where the teachers are often young women trained only in the schools of the village. But the disproportion of educational facilities is diminishing every day. With the Normal Schools on the one side, and the colleges admitting women on the other, there is a rapid equalization going on. In many of our Normal Schools there is now a four years course; the books, apparatus, and teaching are all of the best: if Germany is the standard, the teachers have often been trained in Germany; and with the women's colleges it is much the same. The grade is steadily rising as to the higher education of women. In Massachusetts about one-fourth of the public-school teachers are graduates of Normal Schools, and nearly one-third have attended such schools — while of the number who are college graduates no statistics are given. Should men again replace

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