Origin of "normal" school
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Wed Aug 25 11:47:12 EDT 2004
Well, this is what the Encyclopedia Britannica says:
"also called teachers college or teacher-training college institution
for the training of teachers. One of the first schools so named, the
École Normale Supérieure (.Normal Superior School.), was established in
Paris in 1794. Based on various German exemplars, the school was
intended to serve as a model for other teacher-training schools. Later
it became affiliated with the University of Paris."
Mirriam-Webster's dictionary says
"Etymology: translation of French école normale; from the fact that the
first French school so named was intended to serve as a model"
> Are you kidding, or are you serious???? I've always wondered!!!!!
> I teach at a former "normal" school, just down the road from CalState
> LA--CSU Northridge....
> > * The Normal schools were a series of teachers' training colleges
> > founded by
> > a Mr Normal.
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