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Term: Normal school

Definition: An educational institution especially adapted to the training of teachers. The term derives from the French "ecole normale," a school originally founded as a model for other teacher-training schools. In Wisconsin the history of the normal school system dates from an act of 1865 which authorized the state to set up its own separate institutions for training teachers. Wisconsin's first state normal school was established at Platteville in 1866.

[Source: History of Wisconsin, Vol. II: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873, p. 507-508.]
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