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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LOWELL'S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
|The University of Massachusetts
Lowell College of Education began as the State Normal School, Lowell, established
by an Act of Legislature and approved on June 6, 1894. It was the
tenth (including State Normal Art School, Boston) and
last State Normal School in Massachusetts.
The term "normal" is derived from the French. Napoleon called France's schools for the preparation of secondary school teachers L'Ecole Normale Superieure. Charles Brookes, an American education visionary who had visited Europe to study teacher preparatory programs, heard the term applied to Prussia's teacher preparatory schools. Brooks is credited with having introduced the term to America. The name implies a "model" to be copied and an "ideal" toward which to aim.
In Lowell, the school
was built at the corner of
"Each student had passed hours of challenging
entrance examinations, written and oral, in English literature, Latin,
French or German, History, Science, Drawing, and Music.... The two-year
teacher preparation course required a liberal education obtained in 'the
people's college:' the nineteenth-century high school. After passing
those exams, tuition was free to residents of Massachusetts, and thirty
dollars for others."
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