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Which like the ncon-day sunbeam breaking thro' set, that all study is a life work. In pub-
lic schools, only primary principles can
its early existence, developed, molded and Delicious dreams, anil with the beautiful directed. I know of no time in life, when Alone communes. The minstrels of the wood leither of the branches specified, can be That woo him morn and ere with sylvan songs, He deems the Peris of his Paradise.
entirely discontinued without serious detHow blest were we if riper years did not riment to the man. When each must be Tear down the castles that we build in youth.
commenced, is a question to which no
definite answer can be given. It must be [For the Journal of Education. decided by the intelligent Teacher in acCOURSE OF INSTRUCTION FOR cordance with the circumstances by which OUR SCHOOLS.
he is surrounded. As, however, all these branches cannot be pursued at one time
in our Public Schools, I would mention NUMBER FOUR.
as those which may be intermitted with
least loss, Physiology and Geography 10 review briefly : The course of stu- After the first two or three years, Pen
dy I would prefer, is-1. Vocal Cul-manship may be made a semi-weekly, and ture, Reading, Speaking and Singing.- anon a weekly exercise. Vocal culture, No school can dispense with the refining Mathematics and History, should have no and subduing influence of music, and intermission. After all, Text Books conprosper. I have said, under the head of tain but little, which alone would answer Reading, all that need be said upon this the great end to be accomplished by their branch. They are but different modes of use. The example and practice of the using the same instrument,the human living Teacher can alone make the Text voice—and the same general rules apply Book effectual. How slim wonld be our to all.
dependence for men, genuine men and
women, if we were to look for them only 2. Penmanship and drawing-connect
in schools where the pupil is chained to ing therewith, at an early date, composi- the Text Book, and the Teacher is but the tion writing, thus affording a good oppor
Author's mouthpiece. We are to find tunity for instruction in the elementary principles of English Grammar--making
our embryo men and women in schools
where the Teacher is not afraid to breast of writing an intellectual exercise, there
the popular current of demand for "oloby exercising a reflex influence upon Chi
gies,” “thorough knowledge in twelve lesrography, as every one would have a na
sons," and all such humbuggery, and tural desire to see his brain children neat
makes use of the Text Book as a Mason ly dressed.
uses a scaffold, by means of which, ho Mathematics-trusting more to the head than the fingers.
molds into proper shape the brick and
mortar of thought, which will stand as 4. Physiology and Hygiene. 5. Geography and History.
firmly without the scaffold as with. Of the time to be devoted to each, I It is impossible to overestimate the imhave alrcady spoken, and I need but to portance of correct habits on the part of recur to the statements made at the out-the Teacher, as those he comes in contact
with, take a lasting impress from him.- of any other than Nature's grading for a Aside from the instruction of his lips, the rail track. A single farm of ten thousand daily lessons they are learning from his acres, afforded no little surprise to some conduct do much to form the character. 7 to 9 easterners, who could not plough a Habits of neatness, order, punctuality, field without turning their teams every kindness, respect, mildness, and love to five or ten minutes. This farm belongs his fellows and his God, should be incul- to some member of the Straun family, the cated, as essential to the formation of a head of which, Mr. Jacob Strawn, “the sound and stable character.
Tllinois drover," has probably done more A celebrated musician while studying business than any other man in Illinois of in Germany, was kept by his preceptor his age. for seven years practicing upon the scales
Jacksonville presents outwardly a very without so much as playing a tune. At
benevolent aspect, having upon its South the end of that time, no tune was too dif- the State Lunatic Asylum ; upon its West ficult for him to perform at first sight.-the Asylum for Deaf and Dumb, and upon Let us learn the lesson it teaches. While its East the Blind Asylum. then we may differ upon the authors we
Her churches, colleges and school ediwould follow, or the order in which we
fices bespeak intelligence and morality, would pursue them, we cannot deny that
while nent streets, tasteful residences and Thought is the only true basis of a sound
pleasant grounds, indicate the refinement education, and that no course of study ig
of her citizens. I love to look back upon noring this is a fit course to be pursued in our Public Schools.
the moments spent in the society of such
of her citizens as I became acquainted Lay the foundation deep and broad, In love of man and fear of God.
with. No hour of my life has ever been Platteville, Wis.
passed more pleasantly than one in conversation with the venerable FATHER AD
He is now in his 84th year; 50 (For the Journal of Education.
years of his long and useful life have been ITINERARY.
spent in teaching. For 23 years he was Principal of Phillips' Academy, Andover,
Mass. More young men have been fitted Leaving Platteville April 24th, by easy for college under his tuition than under stages and with good nights' rest, I reach- that of any other man living. At the age ed Jacksonville, the "Athens of Illinois," of 70 he commenced the work of S. S. about noon of the 26th. While at Spring- Missionary, and has since that time gathfield I had the opportunity of visiting the ered more than 16,000 children into S. State Cabinet, collected by Dr. Norwood, Schools. His master will soon call him to State Geologist. Dr. N., as also his as- his examination and to his reward. Felsistants, were absent, and I missed very low Teacher, could you have witnessed much a guide, though I observed some the enthusiasm of this venerable man, as very fine specimens of Fossil Remains. he spoke of the labors and the earthly reIt is well worth a visit and more time than wards of affection of hundreds of those I could give it.
who had been under his care, you would In passing from Springfield to Jackson- have returned to your work, as I did, ville, one almost wonders at the necessity strengthened and with new devotion to the
J. L. P.
to the great work of Teaching. Fifty President, a faithful and active man, unyears of toil, but a life of happiness and der whose management the Institution an eternity of bliss. How sweet to such seems very prosperous. a one, the memory of the past, for The work of instruction is performed "Who would drop one pleasant link hy some 13 assistants, principally. The
From memory's golden chain, number of pupils in attendance is about Or lose a sorrow, losing too
250 this year. The Institution reflects The love that soothed the pain.”
great credit upon the denomination which May it be said of each one of us, as it
has adopted it. may with truth be said of him
The Female Academy, under the con“Age sits with decent grace upon his brow, And worthily becomes bis silver locks,
trol of the Presbyterian Church, is doing Ho wears the marks of many years well a good work. They need greater accomspent,
modations, which will probably be fur. Of virtue, truth well tried, and wise ex- nished during the present summer. perience."
With the Principal I had no opportunity The Faculty of the Illinois College, of becoming acquainted, but formed a some of whom have toiled for more than favorable opinion of his al·ility from the a quarter of a century, are beginning to corps of assistants he has about him. realize some of their hopes. A fine build
But no where did I find better disciing is in process of erection for Charel, Nined classes than in the High School Library and Recitation purposes. The Department of the Public School, under fire which deprived them of their princi- the charge of Mr. Bateman. Had time pal college building some vears since com- permitted, I could have spent a full day pelled them to adopt a different plan from with him with great profit to myself.— that pursued by most Colleges, and which There is no noise, no ostentation, but they now do not design to change. The steady, quiet, and thorough work. His students find their rooms among the citi- building, in its exterior, is promising ; zens with whom they board. They spend but is not as well finished and arranged three consecutive hours, from nire to internally as it it should be. Mr. Batetwelve, in Recitations. Their course of man told me, that for 12 years teaching instruction is thorough, and is imparted he had nerer been a minute behind time by good disciplinarians.
at any of his appointments. In this is Their catalogue for the present year one secret of his success. shows quite a gratifying attendance of
I met at Mr. B.'s school, Mr. C. E. Hostudents.
vey, Prest. of Illinois Teachers' Institute, An hour or two was passed very and Editor of the Illinois Teacher, and pleasantly with the President of the Fe- formed with him a brief but pleasant acmale College, under the patronage of the
quaintance. M. E. Church. Their arrangements for
of further items of my visit, next board and rooms for students are of the
month. first order. The young ladies of the school are connected with rival literary
Platteville, May, 1856. societies, each of which has a fine room splendidly furnished, for Libraries and Education is the well-spring from Meetings. I found Mr. Andrews, the which arises all, for either good or evil.
J. L. P.
ROCK COUNTY EDUCATIONAL CON
The Convention was called to order by In accordance with the call of the State the President. Superintendent of Public Instruction, the A committee of three-lessrs. 0. N. Convention met at the Chapel of the Cen- Gorton, A. C. Spicer, and H. W. Collins tral School Building, on Tuesday, May ---were appointed to consider the proprie6th, at 10 o'clock, A. M.
ty of holding an adjoured session of this Rev. Hiram Foote was elected Presi- Convention. dent.
A paper was then read by G. S. Dodge Rev. G. W. Lawrence, l'ice President. Esq., on Physical Education. 0. N. Gorton, Secretary.
Reports from towns being in order, the H. W. Collins, Janesville, II. W. Van following, viz: Ilarmony, Milton, JohnsGelder, La Prairie, E. H. B. Harvey, Ful- town, La Prairie and Janesville City were ton, Miss F. Foote, Janesville, and Miss found to be represented. M. W. Pierce, Janesville, were appointed. The Commitee on Text Books reporta Business Committee.
ed the following resolution : The names of thirty-three Teachers, Resolved, That, as a Convention, we Town Superintendents and friends of Exl- commend the action of the State Superucation were enrolled, after which an in- intendent in taking the initiatory step teresting paper on Physical Education towards securing a uniformity of text
was presented by Hon. A. Constantine books in this state. i Barry.
After a prolonged and animated discusAdjourned, to meet at 2. P. M. sion, the resolution was laid on the table. AFTERNOON SESSION.
Adjourned to 2 P. M.
The Committee on Teacher's Associai programme for the evening. The following resolution was then of- mendation: The immediate organization
tion, &c., reported the following recomfered for the consideration of the Con- of a County Teachers' Association, quxvention :
iliary to the State Teachers' Association. Resotred, That, as a Convention, we Also, that a County Teachers' Institute fully endorse the list of Text Books re: be held, under the auspices of the Councommended by the State Superintendent for the use of schools, and would most intendent of Publie instruction, at the
ty Teachers' Association, and the Supercheerfully recommend its adoption by city of Janesville, commencing the last Town Superintendents, District Boards Monday of October next, and continuing and Teachers in this County.
in session one week. After a spirited discussion the resolu
Report adopted. tion was referred to a special committee,
Miss E B. Lowber read a paper on the consisting of 0. N. Gorton, II. W. Collins hest mode of governing and employing and D. R. Spooner,
small scholars in school. Rev: G. W. Lawrence presented a paper
Messrs. Spicer, Collins, Williams, and on Moral Education in our Schools.
Misses Stone and Stevens made remarks Adjourned, to meet at 8 P. M.
upon the same subject. EVENING SESSION,
Mr. H. W. Collins presented an address G. W. Lawrence in the Chair.
on School Government. An address was made by Hon, Jas. Mr. D. R. Spooner presented the followSutherland. Subject, “ Wisconsin." ing resolution:
H. W. Collins made remarks on School Resolved, That the State SuperintendHouses, their Location, Surroundings, and ent be requested to call the attention of Internal Arrangement, in which he the Legislature to the small remuneration showed the evil effects resulting from paid to Town Superintendents. bad vertilation and uncomforteble seats. Adopted.
Adjourned, to meet at 9 A. M., May 7.1 Adjourned to 8 P. M.
have power to call special meetings of the Hon A, C. Barry delivered an address Association, to fill all vacancies occuron “The Education of the Manes," ring in the offices, and shall make to the Adjourned.
Lassociation an annual report of their proH. FOOTE, Pres. ceedings. 0. N. GORTON, Sec'y.
Art. 6. The annual meeting shall be
held at such time and place as the ExecuROCK COUNTY TEACHERS ASSOCIA- tive Committee shall designate; and any TION.
five members who shall meet at a rega
lar or special meeting shall constitute a In accordance with the above recom- quorum for the transaction of business. mendation several Teachers and others Art. 7. This constitution may be ainterested in the cause of Education met mended at any annual meeting of the Asin the chapel at the Central School build- sociation by a vote of two-thirds of the ing on Wednesday, at 8 o'clock P. M., for members present. the purpose of efieeting an organization.
The following officers were elected to Hon. A. C. Barry was called to the hold their offices until the annual meetchair and 0. N. Gortoni appointed Secre- ing to be held on the last Monday in Octary.
tober, in this city: On motion of A. C. Spicer the Associ
President-Prof. A. C. Spencer, Milton. ation was organized by adopting the fol Vice President--A. W. Collins, Janeslowing:
Treasurer--W. C. Dustin, Beloit. Art. 1. This association shall be called
Board of Directors-Messrs. D. R. The Rock Co. Teachers' Association, Spooner; Johnstown, G. W. Lawrence, and shall have for its object the mutual Janesville, Miss E. B. Lowber, Janesville improvement of its members and the ad
A. C. BARRY, Chon. vancement of public education through
0. V. Gorton, Sec'v. out the State.
Janesville, May 8, 1856. Art. 2. The Association shall consist of persons engaged in teaching in the The above, from the Janesville Daily county, and of persons engaged in the Free Press, is indicative of educational cause of Education; each male member paying one dollar annually. Honorary tion was the first of a series appointed by
progress in Rock County. This Convenmembers may be elected at any annual meeting, who may, by the payment of the Supt. of Public Instruction. The the annual fee, become acting members. weather was unfavorable, consequently
Art. 7. The officers of this association only the towns nearest Janesville were shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Board of represented, and the Convention was not three Directors, who with the President as large as we had hoped it would be ; and Secretary, shall constitute an Execu- yet, it was, in some respects, very intertive Committee, any three of whom may constitute a quorum, to be elected by bal esting. The papers presented the first lot at each annual meeting.
day are highly commended, and so are Art. 4. The duties of the President, the addresses. The Resolution to enVice President, Secretary and Treasurer dorse the "Text Books” recommended by shall be such as pertain to the same offi- the State Superintendent, and to recomces in similar Associations.
Art. 5. The Executive Committee mend their adoption and introduction inshall arrange business for the annual to the schools of the County, as is indicameetings, procure lecturers for the same ted by the Secretary's record, gave rise to and through the Secretary of the Association, who shall be ex-officio their secre
a spirited discussion. It was found that tary, conduct such correspondence as may a difference of opinion exists, not only in be deemed advisable. They also shall respect to the quality and merit of the