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not suggest that possibly there may be a tendency on the part of some journals who wish to be different from every body else, to go to the other extreme-to jam the hat down on one side of the cranium, sally out, flourish a shillelah and hit every head that presents itself, just to show that they are alive? However, we can pardon a great many offenses against good taste in such journals if they will but manifest life.
THE NATIONAL NORMAL says: “It is urged against educationalists, educational associations and journals with too much truth, that they eternally discuss questions which the well informed have settled long ago.
* The real issues of to-day are few, they could be named in six sentences. They are so distinct, so momentous, so closely related to the commonest educational experi. ence, that were they concertedly pointed out to our profession, they would be easily grappled, speedily adopted and their beneficial effects realized.
Will our friend HOLBROOK please tell us what these issues are in six sentences (or more). We promise him that we will do our very best to bring about the state of things he desires, to have the editors of educational journals and leading educators dust themselves of the everlasting ages,' pull the cotton of seclusion out of their ears; take from their eyes the dingy spectacles of ancient theory; put aside the curtains of useless scholarship; raise the window of their false foolish dignity, and look out upon this present powerful, groaning age.” It will kick up a tremendous dust to do it. Many bales of cotton may be the result of our labors, there will be spectacles enough for a wholesale and retail dealer in optical instruments, but we will spare no pains to hasten the glorious consummation.
THE CHICAGO TEACHER is bright, pert, sparkling, self-contained and happy.
“Most educational jourrals are pedantic, correct and stupid; a few others are fresh and vigorous, and only one in the Union is truly practical.” Which is the one? Not the National Nomral, for that“makes the most awk. ward attempt at being practical.” Not the Illinois Schoolmaster, for that “is simply puerile in its efforts to help teachers in their work.” Which one is it, then! We leave our readers to guess. In a poem we learned for declamation, when a lad, occurred the verse,
“This youth had sense and spirit,
Obscured his merit." The merit of our worthy, young Chicago contemporary will never be obscured in that way. It is only four months old and yet claims to be very near the head of the class. We cannot refrain from giving it the advice given us by a tried friend, when we were starting out in life. “Be humble, my boy, be humble," he said, “ond all will be well with you." It is like breathing the fresh, moun. tain air to read its pages. We never go to sleep over them. Success to this plucky, wide-awake journal.
In SCRIBNER'S MONTHLY, for January, COL. T. W. HIGGINSON, has proposed & system of Intercollegiate Scholarships, which is perfectly practicable, and if adopted would aid greatly in promoting higher scholarship in our county. Many colleges have collegiate scholarships for the exclusive benefit of their own students. Harvard has seventy-seven for undergraduates, with incomes varying from $40 to $300. There are also eight for Harvard law students of $100 each, and there are two graduate scholarships, one of which is called a fellowship, for more advanced students. These last endowments amount respectively to $10,000 and $20,000. Yale has fewer scholarships fou undergraduates, but more for graduates, there being four at least of these, varying in income from $46 to $120. COL. HIGGINSON calls on our wealthy men to endow scholarships which shall be thrown open to competitors from all the colleges of the land, the income of which shall be available at any college the successful students shall choose to enter. We think in such competition the students from our “fresh water colleges” would hold their own with those from the “salt water institutions." Will not some wealthy Wisconsin gentleman lead off in the matter of endowment ?
GEOGRAPHY.- We have just received an able report on the study of geography, in the public schools of Milwaukee, by James Macallister, Esq., chairman of the committee. He argues that the study of geography, as now pursued in our public schools, should be radically changed. The same amount of time and labor bestowed upon many other branches of knowledge would do a great deal more for the development of the faculities of the mind. About the only result now obtained is storing the mind with an array of disconnected facts. He thinks that too much attention is paid to local geography; that is, too much prom. inence is given to the simple topography of our country. He claims that the time devoted to geography recitations should be abridged; that oral instruction in botany, zoology, physics and astronomy, should be given instead. Instruction in geography, in the primary grades should be given only. Familiar talks, instead of recitations from text books, should be the method adopted. Map drawing and the use of globės are, of course, recommended. Lastly, due prom. inence should be given to descriptive and physical geography over topograph. ical details.
LACROSSE COUNTY.–We were informed by Professor SALISBURY, who made us a flying visit on his way to Sauk county, that the Institute at West Salem, LaCrosse county, which continued two weeks, was very largely attended, 115 being enrolled. As only 133 teachers are required in the county this is a large representation. We learn that Superintendent Paton has his teaching force well in hand, and augur good work in the county.
RACINE COUNTY.—We see evidences that Supt. SKEWES is doing his work in this county efficiently and systematically. On Wednesday evening, April 20, the Teachers Association, at Union Grove will be addressed by HOSEA BARNES of Racine, Subject “Science and the Bible." E. R. SMITH, Principal of the Union School at Burlington, conducts a teachers, column in the Standard.
WATERTOWN.-A reporter for the Democrat speaks in high terms of Union School, No. 2, and the Principal, A. LEBOURVEAU, who has been in charge six years. “The teachers of this school,” says the reporter, “are entitled to great praise for the enthusiasm they have awakened among the scholars, and for the commendable perseverance they have manifested in building up and organizing their respective departments, which we are glad to know is thoroughly appreci. ated by our people.” In addition to the Principal, the following is the present corps of teachers: Miss Mary E. MALLANEY, 2d Grammar; Miss THERESA CORBETT, 1st Intermediate; Miss LIZZIE MALLANEY, 2d Intermediate; Miss KATE REILLY, 1st Primary; Miss ANNIE NORRISS, 2d Primary, and Mr. MEISNER who has charge of the German, music and drawing classes.
THE BARABOO MEETING.–Over one hundred teachers attended the semiannual session of the Sauk County Teachers' Association. The prominent teachers of the county, without exception, were there. If Supt. VIEBAHN stirred up his teachers to a healthful activity, Supt. TERRY by no means proposes that they shall settle back into an opposite condition.
STILL THEY Go.-We are pained to chronicle the death at Beloit, on Satur. day, the 8th of March, of Prof. Jackson J. BUSHNELL, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Beloit College. The State Journal says: “Prof. BUSHNELL was, we believe, about 58 years of age, a native of Connecticut, and a graduate of Yale College. He came to Wisconsin in the latter part of April, 1848, and was the pioneer Professor of Beloit College, which owes its establishment largely to his indomitable courage and unwearied and persevering labors."
RIVER FALLS INSTITUTE.—This Academy is conducted at present by M. E. CADY, A. M., as Principal, assisted by W. B. HOWARD, A. B., and Mrs. M. E. CADY. Schools of this character are much needed, especially in the newer portions of the state.
ROCHESTER SEMINARY.—The Burlington Standard notices this school very favorably. It still continues in charge of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. GOULD. Says the Standard: “Thoroughness and healthful discipline have been the aim of the instructors, and their earnest labors have not been lost upon their students."
BRODHEAD. This enterprising village having lost the principal of its school, Prof. SALISBURY, the board engaged Mr. H. W. FOLLETT, who was unfortunately prevented from assuming his duties for a time by sickness.
A CORRECTION.—The types, in our last number, converted the Principal of the school at Black River Falls from “THOMPSON " to "MORRISON.” We are sorry to hear that Prof. THOMPSON has lost a little child.
ONE OF CHICAGO's GREAT BOOKSTORES. — We have received the regular monthly list of new books, issued during March, and received by the great Chi. cago bookselling house of JANSEN, MCCLURG & CO"7.7 and 119 State street. These lists are a complete index to all issues of new books, and are invaluable to all bookbuyers and readers. It is now just one year since JANSEN, MCCLURG & Co. assumed entire control of the business of the late firm of S. C. GRIGGS & Co. They are are again located at their old quarters, " Bookseller's Row," their old location before the fire of 1871, and have now one of the finest book establishments in the United States, an ornament to Chicago, and a credit to the enterprise and business talent of the city. All of the old members of the firm of S. C. GRIGGS & Co., with the exception of the senior partner, are still connected with the house, their names being E. L.JANSEN, A. C. McCLURG and F. B. SMITH.
BOOKS. ADDRESSES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION, at
the Session of 1872, in Boston, Mass. Published by the Association.
This volume, containing 288 pages, medium octavo size, and neatly printed, and substantially bound in muslin, is one of great value to all who are inter. ested in the improvement of education. No other volume of the year contains so thorough a discussion of the most vital educational topics of the day, or em. bodies so much valuable experience in school instruction and management. It is much the best volume of proceedings that the National Educational Association has yet published. All orders for the volume should be addressed to the chairman of the publishing committee of the Association, Prof. S. H. White, Peoria, Ill. The price, post-paid, is $1.75. Life members and persons who be. eame members cr renewed their membership at the Boston meeting, are entitled to a copy free. THE BEST READING.-Hints on the Selection of Books; on the formation of Li.
braries, public and private; on Courses of Reading, etc.; with a classified Bibliography for easy Reference. One handsome 12mo. Vol., price $1.25.
The information contained in this book must be extremely useful to all per. sons in any way interested in the subject of books. It gives at a glance, and in the best form for easy reference, a complete survey of the whole field of English and American Literature; designating those books commonly accepted as best on each topic, and also the favorite books of each popular author. "The Press has already given it high praise. The Literary World says: "After a careful examination of this volume, we must pronounce it the best work of the kind we have ever seen." G. P. Putnam & Co., New York; and Jansen, McClurg & Co., Chicago, Publishers. BOARDING-SCHOOL Days. By VIEUX MOUSTACHE, author of "Two Lives in One”
and “That Good old Time; or, Our Fresh and Salt Tutors." With illustrations by F. 0. C. DARLEY and Thomas Nast. In one volume 16mo. HURD and HOUGHTON, New York. The Riverside Press, Cambridge.
This is capital reading, for both teachers and pupils, with ex-pupils—and that embraces everybody. The book reminds one of "Tom Brown." "Vieux MousTACHE, an old
boy, records the frolics and adventures and sober second thought of his school life, and it is said one need not go very far up the Hudson river to discover the source of the story. The book is one of the heartiest and most entertaining for boys, and is not marred by extravagance, ill-breeding or slang. Sold by Jansen, McClurg & Co., Chicago. MODERN LEADERS, a series of Biographical Sketches. By Justin McCARTHY,
author of “ Lady Judith,” “ A Tale of Two Continents," etc. New York: Shel. den & Co. Sold by Jansen, McClurg & Co., Chicago.
These sketches, by a brilliant contributor to the Galaxy, bring vividly before the reader more than twenty-five of the leading characters of the age (in Europe), including sovereigns, philosophers, authors, etc. America is represented only by Brigham Young. The author handles politics, literature, philosophy and science as well as character, without gloves, yet not too roughly. Altogether, it is a very readable book. FOURTEÈN WEEKS ; Human Physiology. By J. DORMAN STEELE, author of
“Fourteen Weeks in Philosophy, Geology, Astronomy, etc. A. S. Barnes & Co., New York uuu Chicago.
This book is characterized by the same peculiarities as those that have preceded it-concise, graphic and interesting presentations of the subject. It is not probable that one who writes on so many subjects is always accurate or symmetrical, but it is something to write books that are eminently readable. Steele's Manuals cannot but excite an ardent desire in many young persons to make further researches in natural science.
THE THIRD READER. By LEWIS B. MONROE. Philadelphia: Cowperthwait & Co.
We have noticed some of the series of Readers of which this forms one. The whole series embraces six readers, but the plan is such that the Fourth and Sixth may be omitted, and leave an abridged course, which we think will be sufficient for common schools. The literary contents, illustrations and mechanical execu. tion are all excellent, while the preparation of the series was based on methods that have been thoroughly tested in the schools of Boston and elsewhere. We do not know where to look for a better series of readers, so far as we can judge by those already issued. The First and Second will soon be ready. THE LOGIC OF ACCOUNTS, Illustrated by Examples and Memoranda. By E. G.
FOLSOM, A. M., of the Albany BRYANT & STRATTON College. This work aims to be a scientific exposition of Double Entry Book-keeping. We should judge that it pretty well exhausted the subject, and it must prove a valuable manual for business men, and those students who wish to become thoroughly versed in all the principles of commercial transactions. Good paper, clear print and solid binding mark the book. It is published by A. S. BARNES & Co., New York and Chicago.
RECEIVED.-From A. S. BARNES & Co., “ An Examination of the Demonstrations of Davies' Legendre. Showing how the Polygon becomes the Circle, by the methods of NEWTON.-By Prof. CHẠs. DAVIES.
From JANSEN, MCCLURG & Co., Chicago, “The EARTH A GREAT MAGNET. A Lecture delivered before the Yale Scientific Club, by Prof. ALFRED M. MAYER, PH. D.
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