The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 35
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Educational Efforts in San Fernando.
they knew of no one else capable of teaching the children of the
community, and if they had known such a one they would have had
no funds to expend for the purpose. Each of the regidores agreed
also to take a certain number of the streets of the city and to visit
the families of those living upon them in order to compel the par-
ents to send their children to school and to pay the expenses of
their tuition.' This act of the cabildo certainly seems definite
enough in character to be productive of some results, but we meet
in the minutes of the cabildo with no further mention of schools
previous to the adoption of the Plan of Iguala.
The above references, scattered through a period of some thirty
odd years, will serve to give an idea of the efforts put forth, in an
educational way, in the villa, or, after 1809, the "city" of San Fer-
nando. Of course these efforts are pitifully weak in results, yet
we must not judge the citizens of this frontier town of New Spain
harshly, before we consider the educational status of our own fron-
tier towns, on the eve of our independence from Great Britain.
After a careful comparative view, we shall find ourselves more
ready to render due credit for their efforts to clear the ground for
the later educational structure of Texas.
EDUCATION UNDER MEXICAN RULE.
The year 1821 beheld the achievement of Mexican independence
from Spain, but in the confusion of the next few years there
occurred almost nothing of interest in Texas, from an educational
standpoint. While there was taking place in Mexico the swift
changes from colonial dependency to independent monarchy, and
later to constitutional republicanism, the wonder is that a govern-
ment of any sort continued to exist in the distant province of
Texas. Naturally, during this period we learn of no new efforts
in behalf of public education. The situation excites comment,
however, among those who regret the intellectual barrenness of the
time. From one report we learn that "owing to the vicissitudes of
the time and the critical condition of this province, this city, the
'Acts of cabildo for February 22 and March 8, 1821. Bexar Archives.
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