The State Schools of Massachusetts
Katherine Anderson (Author)
DescriptionIn Massachusetts there were, at one time, three institutions built specifically for the care and education of the intellectually and physically disabled. Set in the rolling hills and bucolic farmland of early suburban communities, these schools set out to make their students ready to return home and to become productive members of society. Over time, however, these "schools" grew into large-scale warehouses where education was no longer the primary goal. Instead, the purpose of the institution was to isolate the disabled from the rest of society. Eventually, two of the three state schools were dismantled and the third scaled back in operation, leaving behind the abandoned remains of what were once premier institutions for the education of the disabled. This brief overview of the history of state schools in Massachusetts is presented through a collection of images both historical and current, giving a glimpse inside the past.
America Through Time
September 30, 2019
6.6 X 0.2 X 9.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
Katherine Anderson is a veteran special education teacher and has been researching and writing about state schools and other institutions for more than a decade. She is the president of the Belchertown State School Friends Association and is working to preserve the substantial archive of state school history.