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showing that the bounty of the State is not misapplied. The committee recommend earnestly to all teachers, who have not yet done so, to become subscribers to the Journal, and to use endeavors to increase its circulation. The committee also recommend that the amount of $50, due to Col. Frank, of Kenosha, for editorial services rendered two years ago, be loaned the Resident Editor by the Association in order that this indebtedness may be discharged, it being understood that the former editor, now absent from the country, will refund the loan on his return. The committee commend the faithfal and efficient labors of the resident editor, whose report is appended, and is found to be accompanied with proper vouchers of its corrrectness.
J. B. PRADT, Chn. Ed. Com.
REPORT OF RESIDENT EDITOR.
$2343 75 for advertising,
469 25 on private subscriptions,
Dr. To paid Atwood & Rublee for paper, printing and binding Journal,... $2036 95 postage on Journal, last quarter of vol. 3,......
67 50 Office rent...
20 00 Engraving,..
16 00 Expenses, including fuel, lights, stationery, postage, inailing, etc., ........ 63 00
$2203 45 Balance on band,...
.. $762 80 The above refers only to cash receipts, besides which there has been received for advertising, in books, sewing machines, etc...........
116 00 There is now due Atwood & Rublee for paper printing, etc.,.
335 64 And there is due the Journal for advertising and on personal subscriptiods...... 223 33
RECAPITULATION, Recripts in cash,
2966 25 merchandise,
116 00 Credits,
8305 58 MADISON, July 28, 1859,
A.J. CRAIG, Resident Editor. Messrs. McKindley, Kilgore and Craig were appointed a committee to report upon the propriety of appointing a State Agent of the Association to coöperate with Chancellor Barnard in holding Teacher's Institutes.
Adjonrned to 74 o'clock P, M.
THURSDAY EVENING, 71 o'clock. association convened, the President in the chair. Rev. M. P. Kinney read an essay upon the best method of giving religious instruction in schools, after which Prof. E. Daniels gave a short address upon Physical Geography and Geology, delineating the best methods of teaching their elements, and urged their introduction into the schools of the state.
Adjourned to 8 o'clock A. M. to.morrow.
FRIDAY, July 29, 8 o'clock a. M. Association called to order by the President. Exercises opened with prayer by Rev. W. C. Whitford, of Milton. Minutes of yesterday read and approved.
E. P. Larkin from commtttee on enrolment of members reported the names of 96 gentlemen and 100 ladies.
The committee to name place for next meeting of the Association reported in favor of Milwaukee, which report was adopted.
The committee appointed to nominate an Editorial Committee for the ensuing year, reported the following names: Rev. J. B. Pradt, Sheboygan, J. G. McMynn, Racine, J. L. Pickard, Platteville, E. C. Johnson, Fond du Lac, A. Pickett, Horicon, A. J. Craig, Palmyra, H. Cramer, La Crosse, Mrs. H. S. Zoller, Portage, Miss H. A. Everts, Milwaukee, Miss E. B. Lowber, Janesville, Miss M. A. Roberts, Whitewater.
On motion, J. G. McKindley, of Milwaukee, and Miss K. E. Deming, of Kenosha were added to the committee, and the report thus amended was adopted.
Mr. Conatty, from the committee on resolutions, reported the following, which were taken up separately and adopted :
Resolved, That as an associatiou and individuals we rejoice in the progress of popular edu. cation in Wisconsin, and welcome the promise now dawning upon us of attaining a systematic comprehensive scheme of public instruction in the State—a scheme rising in legitimate gradation, and bound in one symmetrical whole, from the primary school to the University.
Resolved, That there should be a well defined, logically arranged course of study in the several graded schools throughout the State.
Resolved, That, as complementary to the intellectual culture now affyrded in our higher public schools, more prominence should be given to the study of the ancient classics and of the German lauguage.
Resolved, That we recommend the formation of County and Town Teachers' Assc ciations throughout the State, where such organizations do not exist.
Resolved, that when the qualifications are equal apd wben equal services are rendered, there should be no disparity in the compensation of male and female teachers.
Resolved, That we earnestly recommend the daily use of the Bible in our Public Free Schools.
Resolved, That a frequent change of teachers is a serious drawback upon the efficiency of schools.
Resowed, That we hail the advent of Hon. Henry Barnard among us. and pledge him our hearty co-operation in his labois in behalf of our Common Schools.
Mr. Pradt called attention to the American Journal of Education, and presented the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolsed, That we recognize in the American Journal of Education, conducted by Dr. Bar. nard, a work bonorable to our country, and deserving of our support.
The committee on nomination of officers made the following report, which was accepted:
President-J. B. Pradt, Sheboygan.
Vice Presidents ---M. P. Kinney, Racine; Geo. Gale, Trempelean; J. J. McIn. tyre, Berlin.
Secretary-James H. Magoffin, Waukesha.
Councillors-A. J. Craig, Palmyra; J. L. Pickard, Platteville; E. C. Johnson, Fond du Lac; E. P. Larkin, Milwaukee ; T. J. Conatty, Kenosha,
The Association proceeded to ballot for officers, when the persons nominated by the committee were duly elected.
Chancellor Barnard then addressed the Association, explaining his relation to the public schools of the State, as agent of the Board of Normal Regents, and stating what he hoped to accomplish through lectures and teachers' institutes if supported by the hearty cooperation of teachers and friends of education.
J. L. Pickard made a few remarks with reference to the early history of the Association, his connection with it, and the educational movements of the State.
Rev. M. P. Kinney stated that 20 years had elapsed since he commenced teaching in this State, and that he was probably the oldest teacher belonging to the Association.
Rev. M. Adams, of Racine, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That Mr. J. L. Pickard be requested to write out the history of the Association from its organization to the present time, for publication in thə Journal of Education.
Mr. McKindley, from the committee appointed to consider the subject, reported in favor of the oppointment of a State Agent to cooperate with Chancellor Barnard in awakening an interest in popular education, and that he had already obtained over $700 in subscriptions towards paying the salary of such agent.
Chancellor Barnard spoke of the good which such an agent could accomplish. He would willingly pay one half of the salary necessary out of his own pocket. He then spoke in the highest terms of the services which Wm. S. Baker, of Massachusetts, who was now in this city, had rendered in a similar capacity, and said that if he could be induced to accept the place, he knew of no man who could accomplish so much good as that gentleman.
Voted that all moneys remaining in the treasury after providing for the expenses of the current year, be appropriated towards the expenses of a State Agent.
M. J, Ford, of Milwaukee, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resoloed, That we cordially invite and earnestly request Mr. Wm. 8. Biker to act as travel. ing agent, and co-operate with Dr. Barnard in his work of visiting th: State.
Mr. Conatty, from the committee on resolutions, reported the following additional ones, which were adopted:
Resolved, That we would express our renewed confidence in the Wisconsin Jonrnal of Edu. cation, and trust that the teachers of the State will make earnest efforts to extend its circals. tion and influence during the ensuing year.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered to D. Y. Kigore, Esq. for his effi. cient services in completing arrangements for our present session.
Resolved, that we tender our cordial thanks to the citizens of Nad son for their generous hospitality; we shall long cherish pleasant məmurles of the poble hearts and happy homes of their beautiful city.
Resolved, That we tender our thanks to the Faculty of the Wisconsin State University and to the managers of the Madison Horticultural Exhibition for courtesies extended to the Asso. ciation.
Resoloed, That we are under renewed obligations to the officers of the following Railroads : Milwaukee & Mississippi, Chicago & Milwaukee, Milwaukee & Minnesota, Chicago & Nor bwestern, Racine & Mississippi, Milwaukee & Baraboo Valley, and Galena & Chicago, for cheir liberality in furnisbiog free return tickets to members of the Association.
The following resolution offered by Prof. Conover of Madison, was adopted :
Resolved, that the Association recommená to the executive committee that in making ar. rangements for the next meeting, they provide for exercises of a more practical character than have usually characterized the meetings of the association.
Rev. M. Adams offered the following, which were likewise adopted : Resoloed, That the thanks of this Association are tendered to the President for the impartial and efficient manner in which he has presided over the deliberations of our meetings.
Resolved, Thnt we tender our thanks to the editors of this city for the interest they have manifested in so fully and correctly reporting the doing of this convention duriog the present session.
Invitations were received from Hon. L. C. Draper, inviting the Association to visit the rooms of the State Historical Society, and from G. B. Griffin of the Lake Side Retreat, to make a trip on the steamer Flora, at 2 o'clock P. M.
After singing the doxology to the tune of Old Hundred, and prayer by the Rev. Mr. Kinney, the Association adjourned to meet in Milwaukee, at such time as shall be designated y the executive committee. A J. CRAIG, Secretary pro tem.
A PICKETT, President.
TEACHERS' EXCURSION ON STEAMER FLORA.
In compliance with the invitation received from the proprietor, G. B. Griffin, Esq., about seventy five of the teachers embarked on the steamer Flora, at 21 P. M., Friday, and paid a visit to the “ Lake Side Retreat.” After an hour agreably spent, the party re-embarked and returned to the city. While on the return pass age the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That the excursion of this afternoon is a delightful and fitting finale to the throngpleasures of the week, and that we, therefore, tender to G. B. Griffin, Esq., our most hearty thanks for his generosity in affording us a free passage on the Steamer Flora to the beautiful grounds of Lake Side Retreat, thereby rendering complete the enjoyments afforded us by the people of Madison.
[The above, though no part of the regular proceedings of the Association, deserves a place in our pages, and we also feel it to be our duty to notice and commend the conduct of the gentlemanly Superintendent of Public Property, Hon Rufus Parks, who bad the Assembly Chamber prepared for the use of the Association, furnished desks and stationery for clerks and reporters, iced water for the thirsty, and did all in his power to make the meetings pleasant. -ED, JOURNAL.]
TO THE ELECTORS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS.
As the time is approaching for the election of a District Clerk for a term of three years, for each school district in the State, I deem it of so much importance to the cause of education as to venture to call special attention to the subject, and urge your attendance at the anuual meeting.
These school district elections are too generally disregarded, while none so vitally and intimately concern the dearest interests of the whole people. It is this criminal neglect that enables a few and these not always the most discreet and intelligent-to foist upon the districts men utterly unfit for school officers, however good citizens in other respects; and thus the whole school system, from its improper administration, is frequently brought into disrepute, bitter quarrels and vexatious litigations engendered, unworthy teachers employed, and the children deprived of the proper facilities for acquiring an education. When there is scarcely one in every one hundred of our youth who ever enjoy the higher advantages of our Universities, Colleges and academies, how very important it is that our Common Schools should be watched over with jealous care on the part of the people, and only the very best men chosen for their supervision and management.
Spend, then, fellow citizens, a few hours, if need be, in the faithful performance of this high duty-select a judicious and competent man for clerk—one who will serve his district with an eye single to the best interests of the people and the Cause of education-one who will not seek to make use of his position to force upon the district a sister, a son, or a daughter for teachers, when a better selection could and should be made—one, in short, who will not seek the office for the promotion of selfish ends or pecuniary considerations.
In making choice of so important and resposible an officer, I entreat you to lay aside every improper influence-every political and sectarian partiality-and select for Clerk the man best fitted in the district for the position. Then will your schools be improved, and your children properly educated.
There are per sons in every district, who, if not entirely competent for the office of Clerk, are at least comparatively so-honest, intelligent, and well-meaning; let such be sought out and elected on the last Monday in September, and then no one will be disposed to complain because he has been earnestly urged to a performance of this duty.
LYMAN C. DRAPER, MADISON, August 1, 1859.
Supt. of Public Instruction.