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Michigan State

Education

This keen solicitude pervaded single families and groups of settlers alike. Hence it proved generally true, that whenever a half dozen families, within a circuit of two or "three miles, had secured a comfortable home shelter, the next business in order was to organize and open a school. For this purpose a site was selected, a log building erected and a teacher employed. To and from that school room the children made their daily transit guided by lines blazed upon the forest trees.
These schools in their inception were not only the the result of voluntary associations, but were wholly sustained by voluntary contributions. For as late as 1836, no efficient system for common schools had been perfected. The interest so earnestly manifested by the early settlers was warmly seconded by their representative men of culture. From the midsummer of 1836 the writer of this paper can speak from actual knowledge and personal experience. He frequently met in consultation with intelligent men and friends of education from various parts of the state. He thus early became aware of the grave difficulties to be encountered in maturing school and university systems upon any advance model of excellence.

University of Michigan


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