Progressive Era educators design the ideal school, 1907

The School Beautiful

The introduction to this little books explains that it "has been prepared and sent out for the purpose of calling the attention of teachers, school officers and the general public to the need of our schools in respect to decoration and sanitation. In a word, we believe the schools should be both beautiful and sanitary. At present it is little exaggeration to say they are neither." The authors go on to describe how a school's architecture, furnishings. decoration, landscaping, and maintenance should be arranged in order to develop the aesthetic as well as intellectual side of children.

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Progressivism and the Wisconsin Idea
Creator: Barnett, Maud
Pub Data: Madison, Wis.: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1907; from a copy in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, call number WI ED. 6/2:A 71/1907
Citation: Barnett, Maud. The School Beautiful (Madison, Wis.: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1907) Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 12/7/2021