Why were teachers colleges called “normal schools”?

THANK FRANCE; the phrase is derived from “école normale,” which was used for institutions designed to instill standards of pedagogy and curriculum in teachers-to-be, says Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs, associate curator in the Division of Cultural and Community Life at the National Museum of American History. America’s first state-sponsored normal school opened… Continue reading

The Florida State University Myth

For many years, visitors to DeFuniak Springs were told that the Florida State University was founded there. While the city was home to several educational institutions in its early years, Florida State was not one of them. One prominent college in DeFuniak Springs was the State Normal School (above) that… Continue reading

Rosenwald Schools in Walton County, Florida

Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute and Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and president of Sears Roebuck, built state-of-the art schools for African- American children across the South. The effort has been called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century. Attending a Rosenwald School put… Continue reading