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The Speyer School: Part I. Its History and Purpose: The Purpose of the Speyer School


by Jesse D. Burks 1902

In a special report of Dean Russell to the President of Columbia University, dated November 10, 1898, occurs the following statement: "The Horace Mann School, as at present constituted, is incapable of meeting the just demands which are likely soon to be made upon it. ... Some other means of experimentation and practice in teaching will be necessary if the College increases in numbers, indeed, such a working laboratory is sorely needed at the present time. The Kindergarten Department has effected an alliance with the New York Free Kindergarten Association whereby students in the Kindergarten course may secure the necessary training in actual class-room teaching. It is imperative that similar opportunities be provided for student-teachers in other departments. It is probable that the establishment of a mission-school within easy reach of the College, if no other plan presents itself, would meet all requirements for many years to come. Such an undertaking I believe to be perfectly feasible. It should be both a support to the College and a blessing to the community in which it might be located. I recommend, therefore, that the Trustees authorize the establishment of such a 'practice school' whenever the Faculty deems it prudent and desirable to undertake the work." It is doubtful whether even the Dean at that time foresaw the real extent of the demands which the rapid expansion of the College was so soon to make upon the school contemplated in his recommendation. It is evident that we have here, however, the thought in outline that has since taken substantial and amplified form in the Speyer School.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 3 Number 5, 1902, p. 266-272
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9759, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 1:01:54 PM

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