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Commissioners to Establish an Institute of Practical Arts. Report, 1826
SEE ALSO 51695 A Commission had been set up to examine the necessity for and feasibility of a state-sponsored school for the practical arts and
sciences. The Commission completed its report on January 9, 1825, but found it necessary to add further remarks, so it was not delivered to the General
Court until February 22, 1825. The gentlemen on the Commission went to great lengths to explain their position--forty-six pages worth, plus another
three pages for additional remarks. They expounded on the need to educate as many people as possible to function in an American society, not a European
society. The country needed people with ingenuity, so a general education would be best. Composition, reading, bookkeeping, arithmetic,
mathematics, engineering drawing, engineering physics, scientific agriculture, chemistry for a curriculum, taught on a degree model and also a short-course
model. They insisted this education would not be free, because then it wouldn't be valued. The state was desperate for teachers of all types which
perhaps the new school could supply. The Commission included an Act to set up the Board of Trustees and enumerated the Board's powers and duties. The
other Act laid out the state support to get the school started: $20,000 a year for two years and $5,000 a year for ten years after that. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Report of the commissioners, appointed by a resolve of the 22d February, 1825.
OCLC Number:   1356857680
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