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END OF THE FIRST VOLUME. stow upon the pages of the Journal. The in
dulgence of the patrons of the Journal, for This issue of the Journal, completes the first
whatever deliciencies may have appeared in its volumo. The State Superintendent of Public
columns during the past year, is felt and Instruotion, having furnished us with his an
acknowledged. The generous aid also, which nual report for publication, it was deeined in- has been rendered by contributors, is duly apdispensable to have it appearentire in
preciated. of the Journal. This could not be done in a Arrangements will be maile for the next vol. single number, and we were therefore under the mo of the Journal, by wbich it will receive necessity of making this a double number, to increased attention in its editorial and other accomplish the object desired. It will be ob-departments, anil bo made more effective in served that a single number of the Journal, promoting the object of its establishment.contains thirty-two pages of reading matter, While the Journal may now be regarded as exclusive of the advertising pages; this issue established on a permanent basis, its friends of the Journal contains seventy-two pages, be- should not relax their efforts, to give it wider ing eight more pages of reading matter, than is circulation and more extended usefulness. It contained in two numbers of the Journal of the should be looked upou as elucational property usual size. This explanation accompanying of the State, in which every friend of common this issue, answering to numbers cleven and schools has an interest. Without the aid and tielre of the Journal, we trust will prove sat- co-operation of teachers, school officers and isfactory to our readers.
others, it cannot prosper ; but with the help of Our arrangoments for the next volume, will these, it can succeed in achieving desirable rebe such, that we confidently expect greater ex. sults. The people of the State have made noble actness in point of time, in the publishing and beginnings; the great educational work has mailing the Journal.
been commenced in almost every new settle
ment, and in many localities, it is being prosoTO THE PATRONS AND FRIENDS OF cuted with vigor. Let no one however supTHE JOURNAL.
pose that the present, is a time for rest, and
that the work begun, will go forward with less With this issue of the Journal, which closes labor than heretofore. Never was the demand the first year of its publication, it is proper to greater than now for earnest effort, to consumsay a word in reference to the past, also in relate the work so well begun. Let every teacher spect to future determinations. The success of and friend of common schools, endeavor to the Journal thus far, in its pecuniary interests, make the ensuing year, one of educational prohas not fallen below the expectations of the gress in the Stato. early friends of its establishment. A full exhibit of its financial affairs, will at the proper LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY.-- The following extime be made.
bibits the attendance of stuients during the At the meeting of the State Teachers' past year: Association in August last, the resident editor Gentlemen in College,
Prep. Department, 156
WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.
THE NEXT VOLUME.
It appears from the report, that the city is
greatly deficient in school room; the seven The first number of the next volume of school houses afford accommodation for 955, the Journal, will be issued on the fifteenth out of 2560 scholars in the city, leaving 1610, of March next in an improved form. We or 64 per cent. unprovided for. In view of are under great obligation to those who have this state of affairs, the Commissioners strongly heretofore acted as agents, and hope to have urge upon the city authorities the immediate their assistance in procuring subscriptions to erection of more school houses. the next volume. Besides, we hope there are friends of our enterprise in the State, who
STATE SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. thus far have made no special effort to assist the Journal, but who will now make some exertion to enlarge our subscription list. We The annual Report of the State Suporintend. have no traveling agencies, and must therefore ent of Public Instruction, found in this issue of depend upon the friends of the Journal, to aid the Journal, is an ably written document and in giving it oirculation. Town Superintendents no doubt will be read with interest. It can especially, should assist in obtaining subscrip-hardly be expected of us at this time, to notice tions; if each town Superintendent would get the various subjects discussed, and suggestions as many subscribers as there are teachers in his made in the report. Among the recommendatown, it would not only help the Journal, but tions of the State Superintendent, we earnestly greatly promote the interests of common schools invite attention to that portion of the report in his town. For terms of Journal, see first relating to Normal Schools, and we hope the page of cover.
Legislature now in session, will not adjourn
without making some suitable provision for the JANESVILLE.
establishment of a Normal School, distinctly as such, in the State. This is an immediate want
--an educational necessity, demanded none. The School Commissioners Report, made to Good school houses ; liberal provision for their the Common Council of the city, on the 23d of furnishment and for the gupport of teachers, January 1857, gives a very full account of the
are highly essential; but the elevation of condition of the city schools. From the report
our schools, requires teachers better edwe gather the following facts :
ated and fitted for the business of teachSir ce the first day of September last, there
ing. have been in attendance in all the schools 1,024 scholars; of this number 815, or 78 per cent. bare attended daily. The expenses of
SHEBOYGAN COUNTY TEACHERS' AS.
SOCIATION the schools for the current year, are estimated at $7,092; of which sum $1,500 will be receiv. od froin the State, and $5,592 raised by tax. The second meeting of the Sheboygan county of the expense per scholar, under the present Teachers' Association, convened in the city of arrangement, the commissioners remark: Sheboygan on the 22d of January, 1858, and
“ Comparing this estimate with the number continued its session three days. A great vs. of children in attendance upon the schools, it riety of interesting matter was brought before will be seen that the expense of educating each the Association, and its discussions were highly child one year, of 44 weeks, is $5 46 ; and if interesting and instructive.
The Evorgreen we estimate it upon the number of children in (Sheboygan) City Times says :daily attendance upon the schools, it will be “The meeting was large and spirited, em$6 88; which is little more than one half the bracing above forty Teachers, and several amount it costs at a private or select school of School Officers and friends of Education. the poorest grado, and not balf the amount Eight or nine towns were represented, and it costs at private sohools of equal grade with altogether the demonstration was a highly en. our public sehoola.
couraging sign of improvement in our schools. MISTAKEN POLICY OF TAX-PAYERS. to prevent the building of a suitable house.
But I trust this aristocratic foeling, will in due A Superintendent in a rapidly growing vil- time be overcome, and a house erected, costing lago, which already contains a population of
from three to six thousand dollars." over 2,500, writes :
“Our school houses are small, inconvenient KENOSHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: TRIBUTE and insufficient. At our last school meeting,
TO A TEACHER. it was thought best by some of the inhabitants of district No. 1, to raise a .tax of five or six
The Kenosha Tribune de Telegraph, gives a thousand dollars, and build a good school highly favorable account of the present condihouse. But there were objections to this, by tion of the Public Schools in that city. The those who were directly interested, only by way teachers in the several departments are repreof paying taxes; consequently it was voted down. Instead of a tax of six thousand dol. devoted to the work in which they are engaged.
sented as being of the right stamp-actively lars, there was voted a tax of six hundred
At the close of the last tern, the scholars in dollars. The district then applied to their
the High School Department, presented the superintendent for a certificate, to allow the raising of the sum so voted; but their humble Principal
, John G. McKindley, with a silver servant refused—thus ended the slx hundred goblet, purchased by contributions from the
scholars of that Department, at a cost of over dollar school house project. Both districts in the village, are abundantly able to build school forty dollars. On the occasion, Miss Mary bouses worth from six to eight thousand dol- Barber, a member of the School, presented the lars."
gift, accompaniod with a suitable address, The course pursued by the Superintendent in which was appropriately responded to be the this instance, it seems to us, deserves commen
Principal. dation. The policy of building small school houses in a town, having the population and JANESVILLE.--
--The Janesyille Standard wealth of the one here referred to, is calculated gives an encouraging statement of the condito throw embarrassinents in the way in future tion of the Public Schools in that city. That years, to the erection of school buildings adapt- paper says : ed to a proper school organization. Better “Within the last two years, onr people have wait awhile and start right, than begin wrong been aroused to the necessity of procuring and put hindrances in the way to getting right competent teachers, and our school house buildhereafter.
ings are equal if not superior to any in the
State. Those in the 2d and 4th wards are large ARISTOCRACY, A HINDRANCE TO DIS. and commodious ; are constructed of brick, TRICT SCHOOLS.
are 32 feet in width by 62 in depth, and two
stories high. They are beated by furnaces, and A Superintendent residing in a village, con- the seats and desks are comfortable and convetaining some twelve hundred inhabitants, nient for the scholars. writes us, that there is great necessity for a new school house in the place; the present H. B. Coe, who has long been fayorably school house accommodation being insufficient ably known in this State as a teacher, and who for one half the scholars who ought to be in during the past two years, has had charge of school. Among the chief hindrances to the the intermediate department in the High School building of a new house, he says :-
building at Racine, has retired from his post. “The greatest obstacle in the way, is a cer- Mr. Coe bas been highly esteemed as a teacher, tain aristocratic feeling which some people not only at Racine, but also at Kenosha and P066068, and who seem to think, that it is un- Geneva. It is hoped that he does not intend popular to send children to a district school; to abandon an occupation, to which he has detherefore they throw every obstacle in the way, voted so many years of his life.
HOW TO IMPROVE THE JOURNAL. SHEBOYGAX School EXHIBITION.--A public
exhibition was giren by the Sheboygan High The columns of our Journal might doubtless School, which is spoken of by the Sheboygan be rendered more interesting, were teachers papers as a highly creditable affair, and receivand school oflicers, in various portions of the ed with general satisfaction. The Sheboygan State, to furnish local information in respect to Journal remarks :-the present condition and prospects of the “At the conclusion of the Exhibition the schools in their respective localities. Any in audience repaired to the Lecture Room, to partelligence relating to the progress of educa- take of an excellent supper, (which, we undertional matters in our young and growing State, stand, was prepared by the ladies of this city is generally read with avidity, and often proves for the purpose of realizing a sum sufficient to an incentive to greater activity among the
procure a Melodeon, &c., for the use of the friends of common schools. Were a few pages
School)." of each number of the Journal devoted to local items of the character alluded to, we are sure
We acknowledge the recoipt of an it would prove agreeable and instructive to our readers. This can be done, if the friends of couraging letter from R.C. Parsons, of Port
Washington. the Journal will aid.
MARQUETTE Coryty TEACHERS Associa.
BOOK TABLE. TION.-The Teachers of Marquette county met at Berlin on the day of Japuary, and pro. MITCHELL'S NATIONAL Map.-This Map is ceeded to organize a Teachers Association.- probabl, unrivalled in respect to correctness The proceedings of the meeting came too late and workmanship. The latest authorities bave for publication in this issue of the Journal. been consulted and the result is just such a We regret this, inasmuch as we take pleasure Map as is fit for schools, libraries and offices. in publishing the transactions of Teachers As. See advertisement. sociations, as far as practicable, whenever re- AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL Year Book For 1857. quested so to do.
AXILMANAC, EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS, TEACHThe Association having completed its organ- ERS' DIRECTORY, ETC. ization, elected the fillowing officers :--J. Ab. Published by James Robinson & Co., Burton. bott, President; E. P. Locke, Vice President; PARLOR DRAMAS, or DRAMATIC SCENES FOR J.J. M. Angear, Secretary; M. B. True, 'Treas
HOME AMCSEMEST, BY WILLIAM B. FOWLE. urer; E. K. Fay, R. E. Gross, A. M. May,
Published by Horris Cotton, Boston ; d. y. Board of Dirəctors.
Furrchild & (u. Jer York, 1857. A number of excellent resolutions were Principles OF CHEMISTRY, EMBRACING THE MOST adopted, and the proceedings seem to have
RECENT DISCOVERIES IN THE SCIENCE, AND THE beon characterized by the right spirit.
OUTLINES OF ITS APPLICATION TO AGRICULTURE
AND THE Arts. ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS Public SCHOOL EXIUBITION.-We are pleased
EXPERIMEXTS, SEWLY ADAPTED TO THE SIMPLEST to learn occasionally, through the medium of
APPARATUS, BY JOHN A. PORTER, Professor in the press, and otherwise, that friend Kilgore.
Yale College. Principal of the Madison Public Schools, is
Ver York: 1. S. Barnes & Co., 51 and 53 pursuing his vocation with marked success.- John Struet. The Madison Patriot speaks of the closing ex- This work we have need in the school room, ercises of the last term, as follows: “Vever and we are sure that it has rare merit as a ! was the old Presbyteriau Church jammed more text-book. We think those who use it will be full and oyerflowing, than on Friday evening satisfied with it. It is prepared with reference last. Much was expected from the Exhibition, to the wants of schools, and will be introduced by the Public Schools of the city, unler the as it becomes known. superintendence of Mr. D. Y. Kilgore, but the
Several book notices are necessarily deferred audience wore happily disappointed, the Exer- until the next month. Do not fail to read our cises being far superior to public expectation.