THE BUREAU OF EDUCATION has offices in a large brick building on G Street, opposite the Patent Office. It has a force of forty persons, many of whom are college graduates and practical educators, and Congress appropriates yearly a little more than $50,000 for its support. It was established in 1867, and its primary object is to collect information concerning schools and systems of education, not only in this country but throughout the world, and this information is compiled and diffused by means of reports and other publications, which are extensively circulated. A special feature is made of exhibits of foreign school systems, which are exceedingly instructive and interesting. The bureau is held in high estimation in Europe, and several countries have modeled their educational bureaus upon the American system. The statistics collected in reference to education in foreign countries have a wide range, and are of great value. An extensive correspondence is carried on, and every year thousands of letters are written in reply to inquiries from all over the country about the free schools of the South, the education of colored children, the compulsory school laws of the states, the methods of industrial schools in England and France, the organization and management of technical institutes, the normal school and kindergarten systems, the co-education of the sekes, the best training for teachers, and a host of other matters. The bureau is doing a beneficial work, the extent and value of which are hardly realized by the country.
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