State Normal and Industrial School for Women EAST RADFORD, VA. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT February 26, 1914
THE NORMAL SCHOOLS One of the bills, now before the Legislature, proposes to place the four Normal Schools under one Board of twelve members appointed by the Governor. The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor, at his discretion, shall also be members. In my opinion it would be difficult to find twelve suitable men who, without any salary, could give the time and the attention necessary for the management and control of four institutions in different parts of the State.
THE WALKER-WEST BILL Another bill known as the Walker-West Bill or "The State Normal College Bill" proposes to change the name of the State Female Normal School at Farmville to the name of "The State Normal College," and authorizes it to offer courses of college grade for the Training of High School Teachers.
I have always understood that all the Normal Schools were established to train teachers for all grades of the public schools from the Kindergarten to the High School inclusive. It does not seem that any new legislation is necessary to authorize the Farmvile Normal School or any other Normal School to offer the courses necessary for the training of High School teachers. Furthermore any legislation calling one of the Normal Schools "The State Normal College" and specifically authorizing it to give courses of college grade would imply that the other Normal Schools do not have such right to train High School teachers without specific Legislative sanction. Calling one of the Normal Schools A COLLEGE and the others SCHOOLS would impair the influence and usefulness of the other schools. The state is spending large sums of money in developing the Normal Schools and cannot afford to discredit any of them by giving a TITLE to one of them that will give it APPARENT preference over the other Normal Schools, such a preference would effect unfavorably the usefulness of the other schools and the best interests of the State demand that no special TITLE or function should be given one of the Normal Schools, that disparages or discriminates against the other Normal Schools.
If it is desired to make a COLLEGE of one of the Normal Schools that school should cease to be a NORMAL SCHOOL, change its character, function and view point to that of a COLLEGE. All the State Normal Schools now have the confidence of the public and are growing in usefulness. Any name or title that discriminates in