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tion rest, till this stain is wiped from the escutcheon of the State. Though we hail with delight, the deep interest now beginning to be awakened in different parts of the State, still it is an important question, what further can be done to give our Public School system, an impulse so vigorous, as to send its fullest blessings to the most secluded district.

Light must be diffused in regard to the subject. Parents must be roused from apathy by having the evils of ignorance and the blessings of knowledge placed before them; the connection between crime and ignorance must be shown; it must be demonstrated that knowledge not only leads to higher elevation of character here and better hopes of a future life, but it must be proved that an intelligent, educated man will earn more money than an ignorant one; the incompetency of ieachers must be exposed, and public sentiment must be made to demand better; in short, we should all be brought io the full conviction that good public schools are a powerful safeguard of our country. In view of these, and similar considerations we deem it expedient to form, at ihe present time, a State Association for the promo tion of Public School education. Respectfully submitted, for and in behalf of the Committee.




EDUCATIONAL TRACTS. The series as originally planned was to embrace a number devoted to each of the following topics :

Condition of Education in the United States, according to the census of 1840, with an outline of the System of Common Schools in New York and Connecticut.

System of Common Schools in Massachusetts.
Education in its relations to Health, Insanity, Labor, Pauperism and Crime.

School Architecture, or plans and directions for the location, construction and internal arrangements of school-houses.

Outline of a System of Popular Education for cities and populous villages, with an account of the Public Schools of Boston, Providence, Portland, Philadelphia, Rochester, &c.

Outline of a System of Popular Education for manufacturing communities.

Hints respecting the organization and arrangement of public schools in agri. cultural and sparsely populated districts.

Hints respecting the examination of teachers and the visitation of schools.

Library of Education, or a catalogue of books and periodicals, devoted to the theory and practice of education, with an index to the principal topics treated of in such volumes as are most accessible to teachers. Hints and methods for teaching the Alphabet.


Vocal Music.
The use of globes, and other means of visible illustration,
Lesson on Objects, Form, &c. for Primary Schools.
Topics and methods for oral instruction.
Plan of School Register, Class Books, and explanations for their use.
Slate and blackboard exercises, with particular reference to teaching small

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Duties of teacher and pupil in respect to the school-house.

Duties of parents to the school, with plan of an association of the females of a district or town, for the improvement of public schools.

Modes in which young men and young women can become qualified to teach schools.

Teachers' Associations—with plans of organization, and topics for discussions.

Teachers' Institutes—their history, and hints for their organization and management.

Normal Schools—their history in Europe, with an account of the Normal Schools in Massachusetts and New York.

Hints respecting physical education in public schools.

Hints as to instruction in manners and morals, with special reference to the conduct of teachers and pupils, during recess and intermissions.

School Libraries—their history, with a catalogue of suitable volumes, and an index to the most important subjects treated of in them.

Lyceums, Lectures and other means of Popular Education, with plans of organization, &c.




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CIRCULATED IN THE STATE SINCE NOVEMBER 15, 1843. 1000 copies of Barnard's Report on School-Architecture. 200

on the Education and Employment of children

in Factories, &c. on the Schools and School System of Connecticut,

from 1838 to 1842. 150

Hints and Methods for the use of Teachers. 3000

Educational Tracts, No. 1. pp. 16. Education in the United States

according to the census of 1840, with an Outline of the School

Systems of Connecticut and Massachusetts. 3000

Educational Tracts, No. 2. History and Condition of the School

System of Massachusetts. 3000

Educational Tracts, No. 3. Education in its relations to Health,

Insanity, Labor, Pauperism and Crime. 3000

Educational Tracts, No. 4. Plans for the Location, Construction,

and Internal Arrangement of School-houses. 9000

or 3000 copies each of three pamphlets relating to Schools and

Education, attached to the Farmer's and Rhode Island Alma

nacs for 18-45. 400

Mann's Report on Education in Europe. 100

Lecture on Education. 100

Oration on Education in the United States. 100

Letters on Religious Instruction in Common Schools. 35

Annual Reports as Secretary of the Board of Education in

Massachusetts. 35

Abstract of the School Returns with a History of the Com

mon School System of Massachusetts. 200

Massachusetts Common School Journal, Volume 6, for 1844. 35

Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4,5 & 6. 300

New York District School Journal, Volume 5, for 1844-5. 35

Common School Journal of Pennsylvania, Volume 1, 1844. 60

Connecticut Common School Journal, Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4. 200

School and School Master. 100

Annual Report of Superintendent of Common Schools in New

York, for 1844.

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Annual Report, with Annual Reports of Deputy Superintendents.
Henry's Address on Education and Common Schools.
Randall's (Henry S.) Report on District School Libraries.
Randall's (Samuel S.) Digest of Laws and Decisions relating to the

Common School System of New York.
Lecture by G. B. Emerson, on Moral Education.

on the Advancement of Common Schools. Prof. Stowe's Report on Elementary Education in Europe, and on Teachers Seminaries.

Lecture on the Religious Element in Education
Northend's Lecture on Obstacles to Improvement in Common

Thayer's Lecture on Courtesy or Good Behavior in Schools
Dr. Alcott's Confessions of a School Master.

Slate and Black-board Exercises.
Rantoul's Remarks on Common Schools and Education.
District School as it was.
Smith's History of Education.
Annals of Education.
Miss Sedgwick’s Self-Training for Young Ladies.
Dr. Channing on Self-Culture.
Wood's Account of Sessional School, Edinburgh.
Richardson's Address on Common Schools.
Wines' How shall I govern my School ?
Dunn's School Teacher's Manual.

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THE SCHOOL AND SCHOOL-MASTER, by Alonzo Potter, (Bishop of Pennsylvania,) and George B. Emerson. New York; Harper and Brothers.

Boston, Fowle and Capen. Price, #1,00. 551 pages.

This volume was prepared at the request of the late James Wadsworth, of Geneseo, New York, with special reference to the condition and wants of common schools in that State. Its general principles and most of its details are applicable to similar schools in other parts of the country, and, indeed, to all seminaries employed in giving elementary instruction. Mr. Wadsworth directed a copy of it to be placed in each of the school district libraries of New York, at his expense, and his noble example was followed in respect to the schools of Massachusetts by the Hon. Martin Brimmer, of Boston.

THE TEACHER'S MANUAL, by Thomas H. Palmer. Boston : Marsh, Capen, Lyon & Webb, 1840. pp. 263. Price, 75 cents.

This work received the prize of five hundred dollars, offered by the American Institute of Instruction, in 1838, for “the best Essay on a system of Education best adapted to the Common Schools of our country."

THE TEACHER Taught, by Emerson Davis, late Principal of the Westfield Academy. Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon & Webb, 1839. pp. 79. Price, 37

This valuable work was first published in 1833, as “an abstract of a course of lectures on School-keeping." Mr. Davis has now the charge of the Normal School, Westfield, Mass.

SLATE AND BLACK BOARD EXERCISES, by Dr. William A. Alcott. New York: Mark H, Newman. Price 37 cents.

The chapters in this little work were first published in the Connecticut Common School Journal, in 1841. The various suggestions and methods are highly practical.



This volume is made up principally of selections from publications on methods of teaching, not easily accessible; and under each subject discussed, reference is made to various volumes, where additional suggestions can be found.

THE DISTRICT SCHOOL AS IT was, by one who went to it, (Rev. Warren Burton.) New York: J. Orville Taylor, 1838.

In this amusing picture of "the lights and shadows" of school life as it was in Massachusetts twenty years ago, the teachers and scholars of some of our District Schools as they are, will recognize school-house, books, practices and methods with which they are too familiar.

CONFESSIONS OF A SCHOOL-MASTER, by Dr. William A. Alcott. New York: Mark H. Newman. Price, 50 cents.

If our teachers will read these confessions of errors of omission and commis. sion, and the record which it gives of real excellences attained by the steps of a slow and laborious progress, they will save themselves the mortification of the first, and realize earlier the fruits of the last. Few men have the moral courage to look their former bad methods so directly in the face. Every young teacher should read this book.

REPORT ON ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION, by Calvin E. Stowe, D. D. Bos. ton : Thomas H. Webb & Co. Price, 31 cents.

SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT of the Secretary of the (Massachusetts) Board of Education, Hon. Horace Mann, 1843. Boston: Fowle & Capen. Price 25 cents.

These two reports introduce the teacher into the school-rooms of the best teachers in Europe, and enable him to profit by the observations and experience of men who have been trained by a thorough preparatory course of study and practice, to the best methods of classification, instruction, and government of schools, as pursued abroad.

THE SCHOOL Teacher's MANUAL, by Henry Dunn, Secretary of the British and Foreign School Society, London. Hartford: Reed & Barber, 1839. pp. 223. Price, 50 cents.

The American edition of this work is edited by Rev. Thomas H. Gallaudet, which is the best evidence that could be given of the general soundness of the views presented by the English author. The principles set forth in this Manual, are the basis on which rest most of the methods of instruction and government pursued in the celebrated Borough Road School, London,—the model school of the Society of which Mr. Dunn is Secretary.

ACCOUNT OF THE EDINBURGH SESSIONAL SCHOOL, Edinburgh, by John Wood. Boston : Monroe & Francis, 1830.

The value of the Interrogative Method of Instruction, especially as applied to reading, was first developed in the Edinburgh Sessional School, and through this book, the method has been very generally diffused among teachers on both sides of the Atlantic.

DR. CHANNING ON SELF CULTURE. Boston: Monroe & Co. Price, 33 cents.


These two volumes, the first, written with special reference to young men, and the last, to young women, should be read by all young teachers, who would make their own individual character, attainments, and conduct, the basis of all improvement in their profession.

SMITH's HISTORY OF EDUCATION. Harper & Brothers. Price, 50 cents.

This work is substantially an abridgement of the great German Work of Schwarz, and is worthy of an attentive perusal, not only for its historical view of the subject, but for the discussion of the general principles which should be recognized in every system of education.

LECTURES ON EDUCATION, by Horace Mann, Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education. Boston: Fowle & Capen, 1845. pp. 338. Price, $1,00.

This volume embraces seven lectures, most of which were delivered before the Annual Common School Conventions, held in the several counties of Massachusetts, in 1838, 39, 40, 41 and 42. They are published in this form at the request of the Board of Education. No man, teacher, committee, parent, or friend of education generally, can read these lectures without obtaining much valuable practical knowledge, and without being fired with a holy zeal in the cause.


This volume includes a sketch of the various enactments of the Legislature, from 1642 down to 1843, respecting the Free Schools, and the laws as they now are, together with the Annual Reports of the Board of Education, and the Sec. retary of the Board, from 1838 to 1844, and the Abstract of School Returns, and a selection from the Reports of School Committees of the several towns in Massachusetts for 1842-3.

In his annual reports to the Board of Education, collected in this volume, Mr. Mann has presented a more didactic exposition of the merits of the great cause of Education in Massachusetts, and some of the relations which that cause holds to the interests of civilization and humanity, than is given in his lectures. That part of the volume devoted to selections from the annual reports of school committees, presents the views of practical and educated men, in more than three hundred towns in a state where the free school system has been tried on the most liberal scale, and for the longest time.

A DIGEST OF THE COMMON SCHOOL SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF New York: together with the forms, instructions, and decisions of the Superintendent; an abstract of the various local provisions applicable to the several cities, &c.; and a sketch of the origin, progress, and present condition of the system. By S. S. Randall, General Deputy Superintendent of Common Schools. Albany: printed by C. Van Benthuysen & Co. 1844.


This volume embraces the Annual Report of the Superintendent of Common Schools, and the Annual Report of the several County Superintendents for 18-13-4, making a volume of over 600 pages, together with the Law as it now stands, with forms and instructions for its administration, ANNUAL REPORTS OF STATE AND COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTY POR 1845.

These three volumes present a complete view of the origin, progress and condition of the most thoroughly organized and administered system of public elementary instruction in the United States. The reports of the County Superintendents are full of practical suggestions as to improvements in the classification, instruction and government of schools.

REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE COMMON SCHOOL SYSTEM or CONNECTICUT, by Henry Barnard, Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Common Schools. Hartford : Case, Tiffany & Co.

This volume embraces all the official documents of the Board of School Com. missioners and their Secretary, from 1838 to 1842, together with a etch of the origin and progress of the Common School System of Connecticut, from the foundation of the State down to 1842. The Appendix to the Second Annual Report of the Secretary of the Board, contains an account of the school system of Europe,-in England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, --with copious extracts from the Reports of Cousin, Stowe, and Bache, which would make a document of at least 500 pages, in ordinary octavo form.

THE CONNECTICUT COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL, edited by Henry Barnard, from August, 1838 to 1842. Four volumes.

THE COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL, edited by Horace Mann, from November, 1838 to 1845. Six volumes.

THE DISTRICT SCHOOL JOURNAL FOR THE STATE OF New YORK, edited by Francis Dwight, for 1844 and 1845. Two volumes.

THE COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, edited by John S. Hart, for 1844. One volume.

THE TEACHER's AdvocATE, edited by Edward Cooper, will be added as soon as the first volume is completed. One volume.

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