Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Discipline

Arts and Science


It is the purpose of this thesis to show that there was a general demand for Adult education in Harris County during the pre-war days. Further that the school authorities thought that Harris County should take a leading part in reducing illiteracy. Prior to this time, no provision had been made for pupils who dropped out of school, many of whom were gainfully employed, but who were lacking inefficiency. Those in authority felt that since the Houston plan of government was decidedly democratic it was their duty to provide opportunities for those who could not attend during the regular hours allotted for school purposes. Thus the establishment of free night school became a necessity. For a number of years, private night schools had existed, but at host, they fulled to meet the needs of the masses. During the early years of the school, the literary work was confined to the essentials reading, writing, arithmetic, and English. Later industrial classes '.ere provided by the school board and encouragement given in several educational pursuits. Following the world war, the contest between man and machinery become more evident than before and greater efficiency was required of men in all lines. Men in all walks of life felt it necessary to increase their power of achievement and in many instances! the necessary training was supplied to the night schools.


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

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