Augusta, [Maine]: Kennebec Journal Print, 1897. Cloth. 8vo; 84pp stamped decorative black borders to dark blue cloth over board, gilt-stamped title to spine; book binder stamp to ffep; 11 b&w photographic illustrated glazed plates; b&w line illustrations of school desk styles, school buildings and floor plans; light scuffing to boards, light damp-staining to upper edge, no odors; very good. Very good. Item #929
The education of children in the state of Maine was already of concern in 1895 when the legislature passed a requirement for a superintendent to send in an annual report. This report starts with the statement, “Any careful study of the condition of the schools of Maine makes clear the following needs: Better physical surroundings for the school children. More complete and competent supervision. Better equipped teachers. More intelligent arrangement and thorough mastery of the subjects studied. Better instruction in manners, morals, economy and citizenship. Higher literary and art ideals.” Illustrated plates show photographs of school buildings, families, and children’s projects. Other illustrations show building designs with floor plans and desk styles. A very interesting snap-shot of late 19th century Maine education.