The Summer Schools form a much larger part of the work connected with the University than the large majority of us imagine. It is interesting to note the rapid growth which the school has made in the past few years. At the beginning of its work a few summers ago its projectors had the hope that it would supply a long felt need. Not only has it accomplished this purpose, but it has succeeded in developing for itself a very distinct work. It has given an unparalleled opportune to teachers from outside the college to learn the best methods of instruction in the various departments; and has thus built the foundations for the school in pedagogy or normal training, just established here.
This success of the Summer Schools has been due to several causes, chief among which are the energy and earnestness shown by the Harvard instructors who have carried on the work of the school. The class of students, moreover, who have availed themselves of the advantages of the school has been exceedingly varied. It has been made up partly, as we have said, of those who, as teachers, are trying to learn better methods of instruction; partly of a representation from western colleges-a representation that is constantly growing; and partly of diligent students who are regular students of the college. For these latter it would be especially gratifying if the Harvard faculty would count this work at the Summer Schools for the degree. That such a provision in the regulations will be made seems only a question of time.