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aid. Too little help and too much help are extremes alike to be avoided. Both these extremes exist, as a matter of fact, and merit careful attention.

The vast interests of the public school system of our beloved Commonwealth are again confidently commended to the Legislature, as worthy of the most careful protection and the most liberal support.

ELIJAH B. STODDARD.
GEORGE H. CONLEY.
ALICE FREEMAN PALMER.
JOEL D. MILLER.
KATE GANNETT WELLS.
FRANKLIN CARTER.
GEORGE I. ALDRICH.

ELMER H. CAPEN.
BOSTON, Dec. 7, 1899.

REPORTS

OF THE

BOARDS OF VISITORS

OF THE

NORMAL SCHOOLS.

STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, FRAMINGHAM.

HENRY WHITTEMORE, PRINCIPAL.

INSTRUCTORS.

HENRY WHITTEMORE, psychology, school laws of Massachusetts, school

organization and government; Amelia Davis, mathematics, astronomy; ANNA M. CLARK, natural and physical sciences; FREDERIC W. Howe, chemistry; Louisa A. NICHOLASS, household arts; SAMUEL C. PRESCOTT, bacteriology; LILLIAN ORDWAY, geography and Latin; M. ELIZABETH HOLBROOK, history, civil polity; Mary C. Moore, English language and literature; MARY H. STEVENS, French; JANE E. IRESON, elocution and reading; HARRIET L. Lacey, drawing; FREDERIC W. ARCHIBALD, singing; ALMA E. HURD, gymnastics; Susan M. EMER

son, sloyd. Practice School: SUSAN M. EMERSON, grade 9; J. ANGELINA SMITH, grades

8 and 7; NELLIE A DALE, grades 6 and 5; ALICE V. Winslow, grades 4 and 3; ELIZABETH A. Malloy, grades 2 and 1; PHEBE M. BEARD, kindergarten; Anna F. CLAFLIN, assistant in grades 8 and 7.

The past year has borne abundant proof of the fitness of the appointment of Mr. Whittemore as principal and of the wisdom of the Board of Education in accepting the generous offer of the Mary Hemenway trustees to establish a department of household arts at the school. For the first time in the history of any State normal school, the members of the senior class of this department received their diplomas with the other graduates of the school in June. Each one of those seniors has been offered a position at a salary considerably above that of the usual primary teacher. The thoroughness and extent of the instruction have been widely acknowledged. An alumnæ association of the past pupils of the school when it was in Boston has been formed, whose objects are stated in its second article as being, “ first, to promote the interests of the Mary Hemenway department of household arts of the Framingham State Normal School; second, to encourage public interest in the teaching of the house

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