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of the great work of Education in all its departments; and to the necessity, in particular, of seeing that all our education is good education.

There is a great demand at the present time for teachers and other individuals, who will establish and sustain model schools, and publish clear and intelligible accounts of their experiments. We want, indeed, no exaggerated accounts of premature results; but only those which have been sufficiently tested.

We need intelligent and honest Editors of our periodicals; men who will carefully examine all bouks for children and schools, and speak of them as well as of men and measures as they ought, without fear of losing the favor or atfertion of authors, booksellers, or any other individuals. This would-be republican community is greatly suffering for want of a more independent editorial corps. We need Editors, too, who are not only warm hearted friends of Education, but truly enlightened ones.

Lastly, we need missionary efforts with the pen-we need those who will labor to scatter light and truth on the great subject of Education, through the columns of newspapers and other periodicals, wheresoever they can gain admittance.

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IMPROVEMENTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION. Preparation of Schoolmasters—Their admission

to the Schools-Methods of Training them-Duties of School Inspectors—Pension to Teachers

and Inspectors—Normal Schools-Houses for Schoolmasters-How much Land to a School House, 241 The New EngLAND ACADEMY. Proposed Course of Instruction-Duties of the OfficersGovernor of the House-Keeping a Daily Journal,

250 INSTRUCTION IN FACTORIES. Experiments of Mr Owen and Mrs Fry-Other ExperimentsAppeal to the Friends of Education,

255 DISTRICT School Houses. Interior of a School Room-Explanation of the Engraving-Warm

ing Rooms by a Furnace-Thermometers in School Rooms-Size, &c. of School Rooms-Writing Desks, and Seats-Form of the Desks-Form of the Writers' Seats-Injuring the Physical Frames of Children—The Older and Younger Children Separated,

258 Religious INSTRUCTION IN COMMON Schools.. Example of Foreign Nations-Teaching Con

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272 PREPARATORY, OR FAMILY INSTRUCTION. Instruction at Home–Familiar Exercises, by a Morher-First Lessons in Arithmetic, An Exercise in Defining,

274 ENCOURAGEMENT FROM Cousin, Letter to Mr Brooks—Model Normal Schools,

278 MISCELLANY, Proceedings of the American Lyceum-Duties of School Committees-Connecticut

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280 NOTICES OF Books,



TO OUR READERS. It may not be uninteresting to some of our readers to see a brief statement of the views we entertain, and the principles we are laboring to inculcate in this work—to know, in few words, what it is which we desire, by our efforts, 10 accomplish.

OBJECT OF EDUCATION. This we believe should be to develope and form character – physical, social, intellectual, moral and religious — in short, to make man what he should be. We take the bible, huinan nature, and human experience as our basis or text books.

INSTRUMENTS or EDUCATION. The parents, especially the mother. Other associates. The general temper of those around us. Physical and moral habits — stories – precepts. The objects we see, hear, taste, &c. Pictures. Books. The Family School in general. The Infant School. The Common or District School. The High School. The College or University. The Sabbath School. The Bible Class. The Church. The Library. The Lyceum, &c.

In order to bring these instruments to bear most favorably on the cause of Education and accomplish its objects, we are in favor of the following measures ;

1. LEGISLATIVE Action. Enough of this to give an impulse. Each State should have a small fund which should be available to every School district, on condition of contributing or taxing themselves to a certain extent or amount. Thus it should as a mere condiment and not as a principal article of food. Legislatures should also appoint and pay a Superintendent of Schools, or else establish Boards of Education.

2. Social Action. We need intelligent School Committees, who should be paid for their services; Teachers' Seminaries; Teachers' Meetings or Asociations, and Interchanges of Visits among Teachers.

3. INDIVIDUAL Action. We need Authors who will make better School Books. We need parents who will furnish them, and furnish pupils duly prepared for the School, and sustain social and legislative efforts. We need Teachers who will be truly missionaries of education ; who will not only visit each others' schools and labor assiduously to introduce improved methods of instruction, improved school books, apparatus, &c. but who will also educate as well as instruct; men of enlarged minds and warm hearts, who will labor to be moral teachers as well as intellectual ones; and who will not only look to parents and others to co-operate with thein and the pupils, but also look to themselves and the pupils to co-operate with parents ; whose in. tention it will be, in short, to elevate their profession and advance the good of mankind by liv. ing and dying in their service. We need the co-operation of ministers, physicians and other professional men. We greatly need also a host of missionaries of education—men of experience and of enlarged minds and hearts, self-denying men-men willing to go forth in the true apostolic spirit-without money and without price and labor to awaken parents and teachers, and philanthrophists, and legislators, but especially parents, to the nature and importance





JUNE, 1838.


We have recently become much interested in the evidence presented to the British House of Commons, on the examination of various members of the Irish Board of Education, before a select Committee for the purpose, to whose proceedings we have alluded in our February number. We do not, of course, suppose that measures adopted for the promotion of Elementary Education in Ireland, will be adapted to the promotion of the same object in the United States; but we believe it impossible for any friend of education to become acquainted with the proceedings of the Board alluded to, without gaining much information which would be valuable in any age or country. We have classed some of the more interesting topics of examination under their respective heads. Mr Carlile was the member of the Board, who gave the greatest part of the replies in regard to the Preparation of Schoolmasters, and Mr Blake in regard to School Inspectors, Normal Schools, and Methods of Instruction.


What is the course of instruction pursued in the several schools under the Board?

It is generally elementary.
Is it left to the discretion of the teacher ?

It is. I have here a paper, which I beg to put in, which will show what the general instruction is; and I will also deliver in a copy of a class roll of one of the national schouls.

Are those rules placed in every school ?
They are, or ought to be.

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