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House. Comm. on Education. Report on the education of youth, 1827
H.R. No. 28 On January 29, 1827, the Committee on Education submitted its report of nine pages. There were seven statutes on the books for the free
schools which began in June 1789. The Committee strongly recommended repealing all those laws. They felt there was no need for Greek and Latin in
the free schools; the schools needed a "modern" curriculum. Don't incorporate any more academies; they pulled money away from the free schools and did
not educate the poorer classes. There was interest in trying to educate the children who worked in factories, but they would find a way later.
Apparently the most recent law of 1826 was viewed as trampling on public rights, although "how" was not explained. Beginning on p. 10, the Committee
submitted an Act to provide for the instruction of youth, and for repealing sundry other acts on the same subject, 1827. Each Town with fifty families was
to provide a school for six months of the year. A Town of 150 families had to provide a school for twelve months, and so on through the
population.--more people, more schools The larger towns had to have a teacher for bookkeeping, surveying, and algebra. The local areas were to figure out the
boundaries of their school districts. The instruction of youth at any age level had to emphasize piety, patriotism, industry, good behavior, and the
three Rs. Towns were responsible to see that children attended school and to assess taxes for school maintenance. A local committee had to hire
teachers and supervise instruction. The Town also selected and bought the text books which they sold to families at cost or no cost in the case of serious
poverty. Every June each school district filed a report with the state on a state-supplied form. Each district and Town had to keep good tax records
and school census records. If a district or Town refused to tax to support its schools, it could be fined twice the largest amount it ever raised
before. All previous education acts were repealed. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   The committee on education to whom was referred so much of the message of His Excellency the Governor as relates to the education of youth, have attended to the duties assigned them and ask leave to ...
OCLC Number:   1375015182
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