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The self-reporting system, after a trial of seven years in the public schools of Winona, Minn., has been discontinued.
SEWING is now being taught to more than 1,000 girls in the primary and intermediate departments of the public schools of Providence, R.I.
The primary department of the Whitewater Normal School had 20 pupils enrolled last term; the intermediate, 29 pupils; and the academic, 69 pupils. The per centag : of attendance averaged 963.
The Committee on Teachers in the Normal School Board appointed, Dec. 27th last, Prof. D. McGregor to act as president of the Platteville Normal School until the meeting of the Board, when the appointment will doubtless be made permanent. This is a high and deserved compliment, and the many friends of Prof. McGregor will sincerely congratulate him.
At the last general election, Supt. Bast, of Sheboygan, had the process of voting explained the day beforehand, in its details, to the pupils of the public schools of that city; and they are reported as taking great interest in the instruction. The regular ballots used at the polls were placed in their hands, and the nature of the several offices to be filled was understood by them.
An American gentleman, who is teaching in the Imperial University, at Tokio, Japan, gives an interesting account, in a letter written to his friends in this country, of his crossing the 180° west longitude, in the Pacific Ocean, on his journey by the way of California. The account relates mainly to dropping a day in their reckoning, so that the forenoon of the same day was Thursday, and the afternoon was Friday.
An exchange, in this state, speaks of Michigan University as having the largest attend. ance of students of any college in this country. Yet the number in the departments of literature, science, and the arts, which form the true college courses, is only 437, and 36 more than those pursuing these courses in the university of this state. The great majority of the students in the Michigan University are attending lectures in medicine and law.
Alya STEWART, Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of the state, has decided, in the case of
Prof. C. A. Burlew, of Montello, that neither the county judge nor the court commissioner has the power to grant an injunction to restrain the principal of a high school in opening and conducting the school under the directions of the board of education. The injunctional order against Prof. Burlew was dissolved, and he was released from punishment of contempt in disobedience to the order.
The State Superintendent' has appointed Pres. Duncan McGregor, of Platteviile, Prof. Geo. W. Peckham, of Milwaukee, and Supt. James T. Lunn, of Ironton, Sauk Co., as the Board of Examiners for State Teachers' Cer. tificates, for the present year. Prof. McGregor takes the place of Prof. S. H. Carpenter, deceased, as the chairman of the Board; Prof. Peckham served on the Board last year; and Mr. Lunn, who passed a superior exgmination for a full state certificate in 1873, represents, on the Board, the county superintendents.
THE La Crosse County Teachers' Association held an interesting session at West Salem, Dec. 14th, and made arrangements, after electing officers, for the ensuing year. The leading teachers of the county, outside of the city of La Crosse, are members of this body, and spare no pains to prepare themselves for their work. They have instituted a course of lectures at West Salem, and the avails of which are used in furnishing a library for the association.
PROF. M. T. PARK, of the Oshkosh Normal School, has resigned his position in that insti. tution, and assumed the charge of the Walworth County Independent, published at Elkhorn. He was engaged for several years as the principal of a ward school in the city of Racine, and held the place of director of the Practice Department in the Oshkosh school for nearly four years. He has been very successful as a teacher, - winning especially the good will of his pupils and the esteem of his associates in the state Two years since, as it will be remembered, he served with great acceptance as the president of the Wisconsin Teachers' Association. He has had, for a long time, a desire to find a suitable situation as the editor of a paper. He will carry his interest in public education into his new work; and will aid, in many ways, by his counsels and sympathy, the schools of Walworth coun.. ty.
The winter term of Carroll College, Wauke. sha, opened the 6th inst, The fall term is reported as having been prosperous. - the students making excellent progress in their studies.
The recent decision of our Supreme Court, in the Burton-Burpee case, has been noticed very favorably in a large number of the educational periodicals of this country. It was pub. lished entire in the Pennsylvania School Journal of last month.
LAKE GENEVA Seminary continues, this year, in the care of Mrs. Julia A. Warren, assisted by seven teachers. The attendance of students the fall term was about fifty. The .school has three main departments – those of literature and science, of music, and of art. In the last, special instruction is given in drawing and painting.
The graded school at Waupaca is succeeding admirably under the charge of Prof. C. M. Gates. He writes that he has never been better situated. His wife, a former teacher in Green Bay, is engaged in one of the departments. The school board have lately adopted a new list of text-books.
Miss CARRIE G. LONG, who has been in charge of the intermediate department of the graded school at Sun Prairie, and who was a former popular teacher in the Edgerton school, was married, on the 3d inst., to Lyman A. Moore, of La Crosse. They remove at once to Mankato, Minn. Mrs. Moore's place at Sun Prairie is filled by Miss Emma R. Salisbury, of Whitewater.
THE State Teachers' Association of Iowa lately adopted, with enthusiasm, it is said, the resolution, " That the use of tobacco by a teacher is greatly destructive of his moral power in the school." What would be the vote on such a resolution in the teachers' as. sociations of this state?
THE telescope for the Washburn Observatory at the State University is expected soon. It has an object glass fifteen and a half inches in diameter. The makers of the instrument, Alvan Clark and Sons, of Cambridge, Mass., say it it is the finest, in all respects, they have erected in this country. It will cost, placed in position, $10,400.
THE State Treasurer of Minnesota reports, this year, the receipt of $25,524.89 from the county treasurers for the School Text-Book Fund. This sum is estimated to be one-sey. enth of the entire cost of the text-books purchased during the year for the pupils in the public schools of that state.
An active teacher in the state writes as follows: " One of the best features of our WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
- I say our," because I believe every teacher in the state should, at least, feel enough personal interest in the JOURNAL to subscribe for it-one of the best of its many good features is the collection of notes which it monthly contains."
An attendant upon the Iowa State Teachers' Association writes that " Prof. Robt. Graham was there; and, in his strong, straightforward way, spoke of the normal institute work. He pointed out plainly the dangers incurred by having tares sown instead of wheat, until each one felt that he would rather not be adjudged a sower of tares in the educational field of Wisconsin, where Mr. Graham is an institute manager."
The Chicago Board of Education have in. vited the various school boards and educational associations of the country to co-operate with them in securing a reform in English spelling. They have adopted the memorial of the American Philological Society to Congress. This was signed by the members of our own State Teachers' Association last summer, and quite numerously by the teachers at our institutes this fall. The Text-book Com. mission of this state will submit an elaborate and practical report, on this subject, to the legislature this winter.
The superintendent and the teachers of Ke. nosha connty are certainly very active this winter. A recent number of the Kenosha Telegraph contained three notices of teachers' meetings held in different parts of the county. Such subjects as the following were discussed: “Rhetorical Exercises should not be introduced into the Common Schools; “Proper Methods of Conducting Class Exercises in Reading; "The Growth of the English Language from the Anglo-Saxon; " "Longitude and Time;" "Rivers;" "School Government;" 1 "A Compulsory Education Law." Supt. Mahoney and Prof. Hosea Barnes took prominent parts in the discussions.
The town of Middleton, Dane county, has set an excellent example to many other towns in the state. It has established a free high school, in which the advanced pupils from ail the school districts of the town can receive instruction in the higher branches. This school is located at Middleton station, and was opened the last Monday in December, under the charge of Prof. C. E. Buell, a graduate of the state university at the last commencement. Great credit is due ex-Senator R. E.
Davis, who resides in the town, for his infla. ence and labors in effecting this result. The county superintendent, M. S. Frawley, has rendered efficient aid.
SHEBOYGAN county has four graded schools of three or more departments, at Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, and Glenbeulah. In the summer of 1873, there was a vacancy in the principalship of each of these schools. These we.e filled by L. D. Harvey, at Sheboy. gan; B. F. Anderson, at Sheboygan Falls; W. J. Brier, at Plymouth; and Thomas Brown, at Glenbeulah. Since that time, no vacancy has occurred in any of these schools, except at Glenbeulah - Mr. Brown being obliged to resign on account of ill health. His place was illed by Mr. J. T. Morin, the present principal. Mr. Harvey is a graduate of Milton Col. lege; Mr. Morin, a graduate of the shorter course in one of our normal schools; Messrs. Anderson and Brier, both hold life state certificates.
thonghtfal study of the schools of this country, speaks of a grave defect of our system, as follows:
" But the whole scheme of education for boys over ten years of age, who are to go to a university, ought to be different from that which is intended for those who are to leave school at fourteen or fifteen Boys destined for the university should begin some subjects at eleven or twelve, which it would be waste of time for them to touch if their education had to close in the course of two or three years. On the other hand, boys who are to go into business as soon as their clementary education is finished, should be taught some things in a popular and scientific way, which
pys who are going to the university must be taught more thoroughly."
A more careful inspection of the high schools of the west, particularly of this state, would have shown him that the instruction in the mathematical and physical sciences is given primarily, with the view of aiding those who will never seek university training.
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