Charles Spain Papers

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Born in 1869 in Indiana, Charles Spain earned his degrees from University of Michigan, completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1923. He began his education career in the public schools of Grand Rapids, serving as teacher and principal. He transferred to the Detroit Public School system in 1901 as vice principal of the Washington Normal School, and became principal in 1902. Promoted to supervisor of primary grades in 1906, Spain was responsible for curriculum reorganization and administration in early elementary grades. He was instrumental in the organization of the school system’s three collegiate units: The College of the City of Detroit, the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery, and the Detroit Teacher’s College. Spain held progressive ideas about the role of art, music, physical education, theater, arts and the school library in elementary education which gained strong popularity in the following years.

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