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appointed to recommend a suitable list of school books for the county. Seven or eight important resolutions prepared by the board of directors were also passed, enforcing the importance of improving the condition of common schools, on every individual in the county, especially on every member of the association ; recommending the appointment of an agent or agents to have a general supervision over the schools of the state ; recommending also a seminary for the instruction and improvement of teachers to be established in every county in the state ; and lastly, urging more attention in schools to the definition of words. — An Address to the Association, by the Hon. Salına Hall, president of the Convention, is, we understand, to be shortly published.

The Alleviating Writing Desk. We have just seen a model of a Writing Desk, invented by Mr Seth Luther of this city, which, as we conceive, promises to be one of the most useful and important inventions of the day. It is called the “ Alleviating Writing Desk.' It may be used every where, not only in counting houses, but in families, schools, academies and colleges. — We shall give a particular description of it in our next number.

PLYMOUTH 'Teachers' Seminary. We learn from the Boston Recorder that this new Teachers' Seminary is making quite a figure' in the granite state ;' that it has numbered, during the past year, 200 students ; 110 of which were in the male, and 90 in the female department. The seminary, as we suppose is well known, is under the care of Rev S. R. Hall, late of Andover, principal ; Mr T. D. P. Stone, assistant principal ; and six assistants.

The course of study in the male department, embraces four years ; that in the female department, three years.

New Female Seminary For TEACHERS. The Uxbridge Female Seminary, under the charge of Miss L. A. Washburn, and a suitable number of competent assistants, is designed as we learn from a printed circular of the institution, 'to prepare young ladies to become teachers and educators of youth, and to fill other useful stations in life. The institution will be governed, so we are assured by the trustees, by principles similar to those of Ipswich and Hartford seminaries. A complete course of study embraces two years.

If the institution is to be governed by principles similar to those of Ipswich seminary, every body will, as we trust, approve of them at once, and wish the school success. Of Hartford female seminary, as a place of special preparation for teaching, less we presume” is known in the community ; and wherein the public are ignorant on the subject, we have 44

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it not in our power to enlighten them. - We scarcely need repeat what we have so frequently said already — that while we have our objections against the convent system' in the abstract, for males or females, we are yet fully assured of its necessity, as the world now is; and therefore we bail every effort to create schools on the model, but especially in the spirit, of those at Ipswich and Andover.

On the subject of that form of the system' just mentioned, usually designated by the name · Teacher's Seminaries' we have a few thoughts to present ere long - perhaps in our next number.

Music in Public Schools. We understand that the very general and very unreasonable public prejudice in this city against the introduction of vocal music into the public schools bas so far subsided that the school committee have consented to permit gratuitous instruction, in one of the large or grammar schools, for a year, by way of experiment; and that in order to make a fair experiment, one of the professors in the Boston Academy of Music has volunteered his services for the purpose.

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Boston ACADEMY OF Music. The following letter, was recently received, in this city, addressed to a person who was supposed to be the Corresponding Secretary of the Association.

Being informed that you are the present Corresponding Secretary of the Boston Academy of Music, and having never seen any statement of the probable expense of a course of instruction in that Institution, I wish to ascertain the probable cost of three or six months' instruction ; also, what the common price of board is in the city.'

This is not the first time a mistake of this kind has been made, and we think it would be well to give, for once, a brief statement of tbe case.

The Boston Academy of Music consists of a number of the friends of vocal music, (as taught on the improved or Pestalozzian plan, introduced into this country some few years since, by Rev. William C. Woodbridge, the former editor of this journal,) associated for the purpose of extending, by such means as they can, what they deem so valuable and important a science. As a means of accomplishing their purpose they have assumed the name abovementioned, and appointed two or three highly distinguished teachers of music, whom they call professors in the academy. These professors teach various choirs, as well as several schools, in the city and elsewhere ; but have no institution properly their own, and never have had any. Persons wishing to receive instruction on the system which it is the object of this Association to

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extend, might, however, be gratified, in one way or another, should they visit the city, either in connection with a choir or some of the schools.

EDUCATION AT THE SANDWICH Islands. During the year ending June 1, 1836, the mission at the Sandwich Islands printed 157,929 books, and 11,606,429 pages. More than 900,000 of these were octavo, 675,000 quarto, and nearly all the rest duodecinio. The whole amount of printing at the islands from the beginning, 1,136,457 books, and 54,138,485 pages.-Of the Kumu Hawaii, a semi-monthly paper, 3,000 copies are circulated. At the station of Wailuku there were 600 subscribers for this paper. The natives write more and more for its pages. A monthly publication of 12 pages, designed chiefly for children, was commenced a year ago. And yet it is only sixteen years since the language was reduced to writing.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN PROVIDENCE. It is with no little pleasure that we hear, froni time to time, of attempts to improve the condition of the public or common schools those institutions, in which, after all, the mass of our citizens receive all the instruction they ever obtain beyond the family circle ; and in which, consequently, the national mind and character must substantially be formed.

Efforts have been made, during the past year, to improve the Common School System of Providence, R. I. ; but we fear, so far as we can learn, without much success. The public mind, in some of our own nursery states, elevated as it is by these very institutions — the common schools — seems completely paralyzed in regard to every thing which savors of improvement and elevation. Touch but this subject, whether in city, town, or state councils, and the cry is, or seems to be, ' A little more sleep, a little more slumber.' Don't awake us.

EDUCATION IN GENEVA, We have received a speech by Pres. Lindsley, in behalf of the University of Nashville, Tennessee, delivered Oct. 4, 1837, from which we collect the following facts, incidentally stated, in relation to the condition of Education in Geneva. — The speech' itself - one of Pres. Lindsley's most masterly productions — we have not room to notice at present.

• The system of education which prevails at Geneva, is perhaps not surpassed by that of any other city in Europe. It relates to the studies of childhood, to those of adolescence, and to those of the learned professions of divinity, law and physic.

• The first or lowest of these departments, (the preparatory school,)

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it not in our power to enlighten them. - We scarcely need repeat what we have so frequently said already — that while we have our objections against the convent system' in the abstract, for males or females, we are yet fully assured of its necessity, as the world now is; and therefore we bail every effort to create schools on the model, but especially in the spirit, of those at Ipswich and Andover.

On the subject of that form of the system' just mentioned, usually designated by the name • Teacher's Seminaries' we have a few thoughts to present ere long - perhaps in our next number.

Music in Public Schools. We understand that the very general and very unreasonable public prejudice in this city against the introduction of vocal music into the public schools bas so far subsided that the school committee bave consented to permit gratuitous instruction, in one of the large or grammar schools, for a year, by way of experiment; and that in order to make a fair experiment, one of the professors in the Boston Academy of Music has volunteered his services for the purpose.

Boston ACADEMY OF Music. The following letter, was recently received, in this city, addressed to a person who was supposed to be the Corresponding Secretary of the Association,

· Being informed that you are the present Corresponding Secretary of the Boston Academy of Music, and having never seen any statement of the probable expense of a course of instruction in that Institution, I wish to ascertain the probable cost of three or six months' instruction ; also, what the common price of board is in the city.'

This is not the first time a mistake of this kind has been made, and we think it would be well to give, for once, a brief statement of the case.

The Boston Academy of Music consists of a number of the friends of vocal music, (as taught on the improved or Pestalozzian plan, introduced into this country some few years since, by Rev. William C. Woodbridge, the former editor of this journal,) associated for the purpose of extending, by such means as they can, what they deem so valuable and important a science. As a means of accomplishing their purpose they have assumed the name abovementioned, and appointed two or three highly distinguisbed teachers of music, whom they call professors in the acadeiny. These professors teach various choirs, as well as several schools, in the city and elsewhere ; but have no institution properly their own, and never have had any. Persons wishing to receive instruction on the system which it is the object of this Association to

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