By Mary Hurlbut Cordier
This full of life ebook, now on hand in paperback, makes a speciality of the ladies chargeable for teaching prairie childrens. so much have been natives of the sector, usually teenaged women clear of domestic for the 1st time. educating lower than tricky situations, schoolwomen not just struggled to fulfill their scholars' wishes but additionally used all of the capability at their disposalsummer institutes, general colleges, or even analyzing courses by way of mailto improve their very own academic credentials.
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While the fortunes of any given school district deteriorated or flourished depending on the agricultural economy, Page 16 the schools were built and maintained, teachers were hired, and the growing population of children learned. An example of the support for all levels of coeducational public schools appeared in an editorial in The Iowa Instructor, a journal of the Iowa State Teachers Association, in response to Dr. Totten, the president of the fledgling University of Iowa. In Totten's plea to the Iowa General Assembly for funds, he advocated educating only bright young men.
124; Ninth Biennial Report of the Department of Public Instruction, State of Kansas, for the School Years Ending July 31, 1893 and 1894 (Topeka: 1894), pp. 56; Second Annual Report of the Commissioner of Common Schools, Territory of Nebraska to the Seventh Legislative Assembly 1860 (Lincoln: 1861), p. 45; Seventeenth Biennial Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Nebraska, for the Years 190102, Vol. 2 (Lincoln: 1903), pp. 808809. Page 19 from 1850 to the 1880s, the length of the school year expanded from two months to more than eight months, thus increasing the yearly salaries substantially.
Nationwide this increase in number of teachers reduced the ratio of teachers to total number of children ages five to nineteen from one teacher to one hundred children, to one teacher to fifty children. 81 While the increase in numbers of both men and women teachers in the heartland was typical of the nation, the ratio of teachers to children was remarkably different in the prairie states than in the nation as a whole. In Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, the ratio of teachers to children enrolled in schools decreased from one to twenty-six, to one to twenty-four, an indication of the widely dispersed rural population.