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s THE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE NATION are celebrating the ter-
centenary of high-school education, it is hardly possible to
select a more fitting or a more appropriate theme for this year's
ROSTRUM than "The Progress of Education."
On April 13, 1635, Fifteen years after the landing of the Pilgrims
at Plymouth, the freemen of Boston, Massachusetts, passed the follow-
ing order: "Likewise, it was then generally agreed upon that our
brother, Philemon Pormont, shall be entreated to become school-
master for the teaching and nurturing of the children with us."
Thus was founded the Boston Latin Grammar School, the first second-
ary school in America, a picture of which is presented on the follow-
ing page. From this original school with a single instructor there
has grown a system of 7.6,ooo secondary schools with an enrollment
of 6,ooo,ooo students.
Our objective in compiling this book has been to present to you
by word and picture the progress of education from the elementary
grades through college.