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Neither would I except the girls; for they tance. They should be taught how to colsurely require sound, vigorous bodies.- iect and preserve minerals, plants, shells, Let them practice those gymnastic exer-insects, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mamcises suited to their sex, and not be de- mals; and encouraged to deposit these in terred from the noble purpose of laying the school-room. By this means each the foundation of health and usefulness good school would have a collection of in after years, by the fear of being called the flora and fauna of the neighborhood; “tom-boys.” Females require daily out then, by mutual exchanges, each school door exercise, and they ought to have it would accumulate a valuable cabinet. It We should expect the opposition of those is to be regretted that there are no suitaignorant parents who would have their ble text books, to assist the pupil and daughters to be lady-like (?) and at thir-teacher in investigating the common obteen to havo as many "nips and tucks" jects with which we are surrounded. It is as an old maid of thirty. "Don't, dear, i to be hopedthat this want will not remain run and romp; you make yourself quite long unsupplied. While the mere child ridiculous, you should remember you
can find enough to interest and delight are almost a young lady:" such untimely him, the proudest mind will here find admonitions have sent hundreds of thou- ample materials for the profoundest invessands of lovely daughters to a premature tigation, prompting at the same time to grave. Then we hear the consoling dec- healthful exercise ; for when the mind larations, “mysterious Providence!
is thoroughly interested, exercise becomes promising flower nip'd in the bud, only
a real pleasure. It is a significant fact, to teach us the uncertainty of life.” Bet
that naturalists live almost universally ter say : destroyed through the parents ig- to a ripe old age, and retain their mental norance of the laws of life. Encourage powers unimpaired to an advanced period the girls to hop, jump, and run races,
of life. If those persons whose brains with perfect freedom, and health will fix are perpetually racked to torment the its rosy seal on the cheeks of bright, joy: hody, trould interest themselves in some ous, elastic youth.
branch of natural history, and spend one
or two days in each week in the woods The study of the natural sciences as an
and fields, collecting and investigating inducement to physical exercise, cannot be too highly recommended. The study bran-bread, and more for beef steaks ;
natural objects, there would be less call for of plants and animals especially, calls us fewer broken down, palefaced young mininto the fields, woods and prairies, by the
isters, more vigorous sermons written, brooks and on the hills; affording to the
and fewer old ones used. mind as well as the body a most healthy stimulus. I am thoroughly convinced CLEANLINESS.- Absolute purity of that natural history should be studied in person should be positively required of every school, and taught even to the every one attending school. Away with young. Children learn to perceive differ- the vulgar notion “that dirt is healthy." ences in form, texture and color, with Filth is but another name for disease. remarkable facility, and even to classify, Finally, --Physiology and Hygiene bringing into action their faculties of ob- should be taught to every advanced class; servation, comparison and classification, and teachers should not be considered operations of the mind of the first impor- fully qualified for their profession unless
capable of giring sound, wholesome in- these Institutions under the fostering care struction in the great art of preserving life. and general control of some denomination
P. R. Iloy. of christians.
4. That these institutions should be WATERTOWN, April 29, 1856.
liberally endowed, and furnished with LiJournal of EdrcatION: - I forward brary and apparatus, and provision for herewith an abstract of the proceedings of the education of meritorious young ladies the Educational Convention held in this whose means are too limited to enable city on Wednesday and Thursday of last them otherwise to obtain it. week.
5. That in the providence of God, it The Convention originated in a call is- seems to this Convention that the time has sued by a committee, composed of repre- come for Presbyterians and Congregationsentatives from several ecclesiastical bod- alists in this State to unite in an earnest ies, connected with Presbyterian and effort to secure such an Institution. Congregational churches in the State,
The report of the Committee was acwho believed that the time had come for cepted, and after full and free discussion, these denominations to act upon the sub- the 1st, 2d and 5th Resolutions were unanject of Female Education more efficiently imously adopted, while, for lick of time, than they have heretofore done.
the consideration of the other resolutions The Convention assembled at the Con- was deferred until some future occasion, gregational church, in this city, on Wed. At the request of the Convention, a nesday afternoon, (April 23d,) and was public address was delivered on Wednesorganized by the appointment of Rev. E. day evening, to a large and interested auJ. Montague, of Summit, as its presiding dience, by Rev. E. J. BIONTAGUE, the ob. officer, and Rev. S. H. BARTEAC, of Ocou- ject of which was to show that “ It should omowoc, Secretary.
be the distinctire design in Female Edu. , A Committee was appointed to draft cation to fit uoman for her sphere," and resolutions for the consideration of the this sphere he in one word defined to be Convention, who reported the following, “ Home.” The address will be published viz:
in accordance with a vote of the Conven. Resolred, 1. That there is a demand tion, a copy of which I will endeavor to for educational Institutions, which shall send you. afford to young ladies facilities for obtain In order to carry out the views expressing a liberal education, equivalent to those cd in the above resolutions, the Convention provided for young men in our colleges. appointed a Committee often whose busi
2. That while the education of young ness it is to investigate the whole subject ladies in these Institutions should be and then to recommend a suitable location, equivalent to that of young men in Col-plan, &c., for such a Seminary, t« a Con. lege--the difference in their constitutions vention to be held upon the call of this --mental, moral and physical -- and the Committee, which call shall be issued at difference in their social spheres, demand the earliest practicable period. That that the course of training should not be convention is to consist of the minister of in both cases identical.
and one delegate from each of the churches 3. That the greatest efficiency and pros- connected with the Milwaukee, Madison perity can only be secured by placing and Winnebago District Conventions, and
W, A, X
the Milwaukee and Fox River Presby- fice of City Superintendent of Schools.teries.
Two buildings will probably be comThe Committee of ten referred to above menced immediately, one on each side of consists of Rev. E. J. Montague, of Sum- the river. Two buildings are rendered mit; Rev. L. Clapp, of Wauwatosa ; C. necessary because Rock River knew no W. Camp, of Sheboygan; Rev. J. Porter, better than to run right through the midof Green Bay; Rev. C. E. Rosenkrans, dle of our city, thereby separating good of Columbus; Rev. J. B. Preston, of Ber- friends and cultivating sectional animosilin; S. E. Miner, of Wyocena; Rev. N. ties. But I suppose that the thing must H. Eggleston, of Madison ; Rev. S. G. be endured, as Providence (as Mrs. PartSpees, of Milwaukee; Rer. W. A. Niles, ington says) seems to have ordered that of Watertown.
the principal rivers should run through The Convention was one of much inter- the large towns. est and of entire harmony. Delegations Should anything of peculiar interest were present from different localities in transpire in respect to our schools, I may the State, who were prepared to makelib- perhaps send you the item. eral pledges of material aid, provided the
Yours Truly, Institution should be located at the points designated by them. Madison and Wau
KENOSHA, April 25, 1856. kesha especially made offers which indi- EDITOR JOURNAL OF EDUCATION : cated great interest in the matter of Fe One leading object of your journal male education among the citizer s of those doubtless is, to keep the public advised of places. The Convention adjourned on the progress of educational matters withThursday noon, the 24th inst.
in the limits of our own State. The We fully believe that much good will Spring term of our High School closed on result from this gathering. If such an in- Friday last. The last three days of the stitution should really be put in operation term were devoted to public recitations, in our State, ought it not to obtain at and a review of studies pursued during least so much of State favor as to enable the term. The number of visitors and it to receive meritorious young ladies from friends of the school in attendance, durthe public schools and furnish them with ing these exercises was unusually large, a free collegiate education, thus enabling and an evident interest was manifest it to answer in some degree in the place throughout the whole time. The various of a “ Free Academy" for girls. This is classes sustained themselves very creditprovided for the boys of the public schools ably--a full opportunity being given to at the University, but no such provision the visitors for criticism and questioning. is made by the State for our girls.
Most of the higher branches of English In regard to public schools, I may say
studies usually pursued in Eastern Acadwe are now in a sort of transition state, emies, have been studied in our High from the old system to that of the Union School. In the study of languages, the
A beginning has been German has received much the largest made in the proper direction, by the or- share of attention ; about forty, during ganization of an efficient Board of School the past term, principally young ladies, Commissioners under our new charter, and have studied German under the instructhe appointment of a good man to the of- tions of Miss Helen M. Waldo. Miss W.
is a teacher eminently successful in this of school room. Our present school acdepartment; although an American, yet commodations are quite too limited to in the opinion of those competent to meet the wants of the population. Our judge, she speaks German with great Board of Education contemplate the imfluency and remarkable correctness. mediate erection of another school house
The Principal, John G. McKindley, has, on a lot which has been purchased for during his connection with the school, that purpose, adjoining the one on which gained the reputation among us of a the present High School building stands. thorough and successful teacher. In the The building is designed for a primary matter of controlling a school -- the main- school, intended to accommodate 240 tainance of strict order and propriety of scholars, and will cost about $6,000. It deportment, Mr. McKindley can hardly is the purpose of the Board, to build the be surpassed. Mr. Lynch and Miss house upon the most approved modern Briggs, assistant teachers, possess quali- plan. I will in due time, if practicable, fications of a superior order. The de- furnish an engraved plan of the building partment of Vocal Music has been, dur- for insertion in your excellent Journal. ing the past two years, under the management of Mr. Stone; and his instruc
THE WINNEBAGO COUNTY EDUCAtions have contributed largely to improve
TIONAL ASSOCIATION. the musical taste of the scholars, and to render this important school exercise one
The Convention met at Oshkosh, on of interest and attraction. I have not Monday, April 14th, and was then adtime to particularize the other depart-journed until Friday, the 18th, The ments connected with this school. The Teachers' Institute was then organized. -teachers generally deserve favorable men- A. Pickett Esq., was chosen President, tion for their devotion to the work. Mr. and V. M. Haskell, Secretary. Lectures Butler, Principal of the North Ward were given during each day of the session School, continues to give increasing evi- on the following branches, Mathematics, dence of his fitness for the position ho oc- Grammar, Physiology, Reading, Elocucupies.
tion and Writing. Lectures were deliv. The closing exercises of the term, were
ered in the evening by A. K. Brush, A.
Pickett, and Miss M. Wheeler. The comheld on Friday evening in the Congregational Church, and although every sitting
mittee on resolutions reported the followand standing place was uncomfortably
Whereas, We believe our common crowded, the audience manifested an
schools to be the true basis of popular unabated interest to the close, which was education, and the principal agents for at a very late hour. The exercises of the preserving society from ignorance and evening were made up chiefly of declama- vice, and whereas we believe that Teach
ers' Institutes, are calculated to give a tions, compositions and music. The dec
higher tone to our public schools, promolamations were mostly original, and in- ting the best system of teaching,-therevested with more than ordinary attrac- fore, tion, from the fact of their being devoted
Resolved, That we recommend the
Teachers' Institute, as the best means of to home interests and local matters.
securing a correct and uniform system of We are laboring under considerable instruction in common schools, and deserdisadvantages in this place for the want ving the encouragement and assistance
of all teachers and friends of education. various branches of diversified labor and
Resolred, That we regret that so large industrial enterprise, from the contribua portion of the teachers of this county tion to a single generation of 5,000,000 have failed to attend this session of the years of intellectual culture? Who can Institute.
tell what large contributions of talent and Resolred, That we tender our thanks mental activity it would add to the State, to Mr. A. Pickett, for the able manner and what a surprising number of powerwith which he has discharged the duties ful and useful minds it would evoke? If of President of the Institute : and to all he who causes two spires of grass to grow others who have contributed to make it where only one grew before, is entitled to pleasant and profitable.
the appellation of a philanthropist, cerResolted, That we tender our thanks tainly a system of education, which would to the citizens of Oshkosh for their kind- add millions to the aggregate years of a ness and hospitality.
single generation, for intellectual and On Friday the Institute adjourned and moral improveinent, should command the the President of the Association, Martin tion and perpetuity of whose civil and re
cordial support of a State, the preservaMitchel, Esq., took the Chair. The com- ligious institutions depend upon the genmittee appointed to consider the expedi- cral intelligence and virtue of the people. ency of establishing a Normal School in Winnebago county, reported favor-b KINDNESS. - Would it please you to pick vorably and a committee was appointed up a string of pearls, drops of gold, diato draft a bill to be presented to the Leg- along the street ? It would make you
monds, and precious stones, as you pass islature, praying that the Board of Su- feel happy for a month to come. Such pervisors be allowed to raise the necessa- happiness you can give to others. How, ry funds. After transacting some mis- do you ask? By dropping sweet words, cellaneous business, the Association ad- kind remarks, and pleasant smiles, as you journed until the 8th of August next.
These are true pearls and
precious stones, which can never be lost ; MARTIN MITCHEL, Pres't. of which none can deprive you. Speak CHARLES W. FELKER, Sec'y.
to that orphan child; see the diamonds
drop from her checks. Take the hand of H. H. BARNEY, Commissioner of
that friendless boy; bright pearls flash in
his eyes. Smile on the sad and dejected; Schools for Ohio, says, in regard to the a joy diffuses his cheek more brilliant introduction of Union or Graded Schools : than the most precious stones. By the
The new system presents a scheme by wayside, mid the city's din, and at the which six or eight years of lost time can fireside of the poor, drop words and be saved to each youth of the State, and smiles to cheer and bless. You will feel added to their intellectual capital.
happier when resting upon your pillow at During the past year, over 600,000 pu- the close of the day, than if you had pils have received instruction in our com- picked a score of perishing diamonds.mon schools. This number multiplied by The latter fade and crumble in time: the the number of years of lost time, as under former grow brighter with age, and prothe old system, would produce an aggre- duce happy reflections forever. gate of nearly 5,000,000 years! What a vast amount of lost time to a single gene
IICMAN ELEVATION.-"I know," says ration passing through our schools. If Channing, “but one elevation of the soul. this were merely a loss of so many years Without this, it matters nothing where a of physical labor, it might be estimated in man stands, or what he possess; and with dollars and cents ; but, alas! it is a loss it, he towers-he is one of God's nobility of so many years of mental culture ! no matter what place he holds in the so
Who can estimate a loss of this charac- cial scale. There are not different kinds ter? Who can enumerate the benefits of dignity for different orders of men, but which would accrue to the State in all her one and the same to all. The only eleva