Most public school teachers came into the profession right after high school. Many of them attended what was called a normal school, a school created to train graduates by establishing teaching standards or norms. Horace Mann founded the first state-funded normal school in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1839. Now known as Framingham State College, it is the oldest continuously operated public normal school in the U.S.
Edgartown's School Committee took their responsibilities very seriously. They were closely involved in overseeing curriculum and that their teachers fulfilled the requirements.