Up and down the state he went, two thousand miles in his chaise, and over into New Hampshire
, Rhode Island
, New York and Pennsylvania
, ever ringing the changes on his maxim: ‘As is the teacher, so is the school,’ stating the facts about what the system had actually wrought in Prussia
, and urging the people to adopt the same successful system here.
When the Legislature met in January, 1838, the next winter after the Board of Education had been established, the subject of normal schools was in the air and something had to be done.
The Legislature wished to hear arguments, and Horace Mann
, as secretary, first addressed them.
The second address was by Mr. Brooks
on Normal Schools and School Reform.
The governor's message recommended normal schools, and when a private citizen anonymously, through Horace Mann
as secretary, offered the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
ten thousand dollars for normal schools if the Legislature would appropriate an equal amount, the act was passed.
On April 19, 1838, the gift was accepted, the appropriation made, and normal schools began their course.
The donor of the ten thousand dollars was Edmund Dwight
a Boston merchant.
In addition to his general lecturing, Brooks
worked for a normal school in Plymouth County
In September, 1838, a convention of the Plymouth County
Association for the improvement of schools was held at Hanover
to urge the establishment of a normal school in Plymouth County
. Mr. Brooks
saw the importance of the meeting and of the thoughts brought out, for later he had an abstract of the speeches printed for circulation.
To this meeting2 Brooks
succeeded in bringing as speakers, Horace Mann
, Rev. Dr. George Putnam
, Robert Rantoul, Jr.
, President John Quincy Adams
and Daniel Webster.
had previously declined, giving as his reason his ignorance of the subject, but