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lofty and noble career—in the maturity of his well-earned fame as "first among the foremost" of the teachers of America, he passed away from among us, and sought his eternal reward in that better land where the ills and the obstructions of mortality are forever unknown; where the emancipated spirit, freed from the clogs which here fetter its high action and retard its noblest development, expands its illimitable energies in the congenial atmosphere of infinite knowledge and infinite love. It is not for me, on the present occasion, to pronounce his eulogy, although I knew and loved him well. That has already been done by an abler Hand, and it only remains to say that the impress which his masterly and welltrained mind left upon the Institution, the child of his most sanguine hopes and earnest efforts, and upon the interests of education generally throughout the state, of which he was the indefatigable promoter, has been of the most marked character, and will long consecrate his name and memory.
Since this period the progress of the Institution, under the auspices of its present enlightened Principal, and his devoted corps of assistants, has been uniformly onward and upward. At the close of the seventh terra fifty pupils were graduated, and the eighth term opened with two hundred and eight, of whom forty-six received their diploma at its close. The ninth term opened on the first day of November last with one hundred and seventy-five pupils, and at its close forty-three were graduated; and the tenth term, which has now just closed, opened with upward of two hundred pupils, of whom thirty-six are now about to graduate.
The following account of the State Normal School is copied from the Annual Circular of the Executive Committee, for 1850:
"Each county in the state is entitled to Bend to the school a number of pupils, (either male or female,) equal to twice the number of members of the Assembly in such county. The pupils are appointed by the county and town superintendents at a meeting called by the county superintendent for that purpose. This meeting should be held and the appointment made at least two weeks before the commencement of each term, or as soon as information is received as to the number of vacancies. A list of the vacancies for each term will be published in the District School Journal, as early as the number of such vacancies can be ascertained, usually before the close of the former term.
Pupils once admitted to the school will have the right to remain until they graduate; unless they forfeit that right by voluntarily vacating their place, or by improper conduct
Persons failing to receive appointments from their respective counties, should, after obtaining testimonials of a good moral character, present themselves the first day of the term, for examination by the Faculty. If such examination is satisfactory, they will receive an appointment from the Executive Committee, without regard to the particular county, provided any vacancies exist In such case the pupil will receive mileage.
By an act of the Legislature, passed April 11. 1849, "every teacher shall be deemed a qualified teacher, who shall have in possession a Diploma from the State Normal School."
Qualification Of Applicants. Females sent to the school must be sixteen years of age, and males eighteen.
The superintendents, in making their appointments, are urged to pay no regard to the political opinions of applicants. The selections should be made with reference to the moral worth, and abilities of the candidates. Decided preference ought to be given to those, who, in the judgment of the superintendents, give the highest promise of becoming the most efficient teachers of common schools. It is also desirable that those only
should be appointed who have already a good knowledge of the common branches of study, and icho intend to remain in the school until they graduate.
Entrance. All the pupils, on entering the school, are required to sign the following declaration:
• We the subscribers hereby Declare, that it is our intention to devote ourselves to tlie business of teaching district schools, and that our sole object in resorting to this Normal School is the belter to prepare ourselves for that important duty.'
As this should be signed in good faith on the part of the pupils, they should be made acquainted with its import before they are appointed. It is expected of the superintendents, that they shall select such as will sacredly fulfill their engagements in this particular.
Pupils on entering the school are subjected to a thorough examination, and are classified according to their previous attainments. The time required to accomplish the course will depend upon the attainments and talents of the pupil, varying from one to four terms. Very few, however, can expect to graduate in one term.
Privileges or The Pupils. All pupils receive their tuition free. They are also furnished with the use of text-books without charge; though if they already own the books of the course, they would do weU to bring them, together with such other books for reference as they may possess. Moreover, they draw a small sum from the fund for the support of the school, to defray in part their expenses.
It is proposed to apportion the sum of $1,700 among the 256 pupils, who may compose the school during the next term. 1. Each pupil shall receive three cents a mile on the distance from his county town to the city of Albany. 2. The remainder of the $1,700 shall then be divided equally among the students in attendance.
The following list will show how much a student of each county will receive, during the ensuing term: j
Albany, $2.41; Allegany, $10.09; Broome, $6.76; Cattaraugus, $11.17; Cayuga, $7.09; Chautauque, $12.49; Chemung, $8.35; Chenango, $5.41; Clinton, $7.27; Columbia, $3.28; Cortland, $6.67; Delaware, $4.72; Dutchess, $4.66; Erie, $10.93; Essex, $6.19; Franklin, $8.77; Fulton, $3.76; Genesee, $9.73; Greene. $3.43; Hamilton, $4.87; Herkimer, $4.81; Jefferson, $7.21; Kings, $6.97; Lewis, $6.28; Livingston, $9.19; Madison, $5.44; Monroe, $8.98; Montgomery, $3.61; NewYork, $6.85; Niagara, $10.72; Oneida, $5.29; Onondaga, $6.40; Ontario, $8.26; Orange, $5.44; Orleans, $10.12; Oswego, $7.21; Otsego, $4.39; Putnam, $5.59; Queens, $7.63; Rensselaer, $2.59; Richmond. $7.32; Rockland, $6.07; Saratoga, $4.78; Schenectady, $2.86; Schoharie, $3.07; Seneca, $7.54; St. Lawrence, $8.59; Steuben, $8.89; Suffolk, $9.16; Sullivan, $5.80; Tioga, $7.42; Tompkins, $7.31; Ulster, $4.15 Warren, $4.27; Washington, $3.85; Wayne, $7.84; Westchester, $6.46, Wyoming, $9.85; Yates, $7.96.
It is proper to state, that if the number of pupils is less than 256, the sum to De received will be proportionately increased. The above schedule shows, therefore, the minimum sum to be received by each pupil. His apportionment cannot be less than as above stated, and it may be more.
This money will be paid at the close of the term.
Apparatus. A well assorted apparatus has been procured-sufficicntly extensive to illustrate all the important principles in Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and Human Physiology. Extraordinary facilities for the study of Physiology are afforded by the Museum of the Medical College, which is open at all hours for visiters.
. Library. Besides an abundant supply of text-books upon all the branches of the course of study, a well selected miscellaneous library has been procured, to which all the pupils may have access free of charge. In the selection of this library, particular care has been exercised to procure most of the recent works upon Education, as well as several valuable standard works upon the Natural Sciences, History, Mathematics, dec. The State library is also freely accessible to all.
Terms And Vacations. The year is divided into two terms, so as to bring the vacations into April and October, the months for holding the Teachers' Institutes. This also enables the pupils to take advantage of the cheapness of traveling by the various means of water communication in the State, in going to and from the school
The Summer Term commences on the First Monday In May, and continues Twenty Weeks, with an intermission of one week from the first of July.
The Winter Term commences on the First Monday In November, and continues Twenty-two Weeks, with an intermission from Christmas to New Year's day inclusive.
Prompt Attendance. As the school will open on Monday, it would be for the advantage of the pupils, if they should reach Albany by the Thursday or Friday preceding the day of opening. The Faculty can then aid them im securing suitable places for boarding.
As the examinations of the pupils preparatory lor classification will commence on the first day of the term, it is exceedingly important that all the pupils should report themselves on the first morning. Those who arrive a day after the time, will subject not only the teachers to much trouble, but themselves also to the rigors of a private examination. After the first week, no student, except for tha strongest reasons, shall be allowed to enter the school.
Price Of Board. The price of board in respectable families, varies from $1.50 to $2.00, exclusive of washing. Young gentlemen by taking a room and boarding themselves, have sustained themselves at a lower rate. This can better be done in the summer term.
The ladies and gentlemen are not allowed to board in the same families. Particular care is taken to be assured of the respectability of the families who propose to take boarders, before they are recommended to the pupils.
Experimental School. Two spacious rooms in the building are appropriated to the accommodation of the two departments of this school. These two departments are under the immediate supervision of the Permanent Teacher, who is a graduate of the Normal School.
The object of this school is to afford each Normal Pupil an opportunity of practising the methods of instruction and discipline inculcated at the Normal School, as well as to ascertain his 'aptness to teach,' and to discharge the various other duties pertaining to the teacher's responsible office. Each member of the graduating class is required to spend at least two weeks in this department
In the experimental School there are ninety-three pupils between tho ages of six and sixteen years. Fifty-eioht of these are free pupils. The free seats will be hereafter given exclusively to fatherless children, residing in the city of Albany. This is in consideration of an appropriation by the city to defray in part the expense of fitting up one of tho rooms of the school. The remaining Thirty-five pupils are charged $20 per year for tuition and use of books. This charge is made merely to defray the expense of sustaining the school."
Course Of Stddy.—The following is the course of study for the School; and a thorough acquaintance with the whole of it. on the part of the male pupils, is made a condition for graduating. 'The School is divided into three classes, Juniors, Middles and SenIors. These classes are arranged in divisions to suit the convenience of recitation.
Orthography, ., Normal Chart.
Geography and Outline Maps, (with Map Drawing,) Mitchell.
. Intellectual Arithmetic, Colburn.
Elementary Arithmetic Perkins.
English Grammar, (begun,) Brown.
History of United States, Willson.
Higher Arithmetic, (begun,) Perkins.
Elementary Algebra, (begun,) Perkins.
Orthography, Normal Chart.
Geography and Outline Maps, (with MapDrawing,) Mitchell.
Intellectual Arithmetic, Colburn.
English Grammar Brown.
History of United States, Willson.
Higher Arithmetic, Perkins.
Elementary Algebra Perkins.
Human Physiology Cutler.
Geometry, (begun,) Perkins.
Perspective DrawiDg, . . . . ■ Lectures.
Mathematical Geography and Use of Globes.""
The division of this class composed of the Juniors of the former term, will not be required to review such studies as they have already completed.
Seniors. Higher Algebra, Chaps. VII. and VIII, (omitting
Multinominal Theorem and Recurring Series,) Perkins.
Geometry, Six Books Perkins1 Elements.
Plane Trigonometry, as contained in ... . Davits' Legendre.
Land Surveying, , Davies.
Natural Philosophy, Olmstead.
Chemistry, with (Experimental Lectures,) . . Silliman.
Intellectual Philosophy, . • Abercromlrie.
Moral Philosophy Wayland, abridged.
Constitutional Law, with select parts of the Stat- C ,,. , „ . e „
ntes of this state, most intimately connected} ^^^' Scttnce of Govern.
with the rights and duties of citizens, . . } ^nenl, Revised Statutes.
. ( Lectures, Theory and Prac
Art of Teaching, J tice of Teaching, and Ex
( perimenlal School.
Elements of Astronomy, . • Lectures.
Lessons in Vocal Music, to be given to all.
The same course of study, omitting the Higher Algebra, Plane Trigonometry and Surveying, must be attained by females as a condition of graduating.
Any of the pupils who desire further to pursue mathematics, can be allowed to do so after completing the above course of study.