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Francis M. Booth, Ashtabula. Discussion on “Should the County Examiners be appointed from the professional teachers of the County,” to be opened by A, H. Viets, of Jefferson, and. “The District-School Teacher, by H. U. Johnson, of Orwell.
IN Harvard College in years 1846–7 and 1875–6 there were respectively, 10 and 21 professors, none and 15 assistant professors, 4 and 10 tutors, 2 and 5 instructors, none and 7 assistants. In the whole university the number of teachers in 1846–7 was 25, in 1876–7, 124. The per cent of rejections for admission to the Freshmen was .15, .14, .15, .11, .15, 11.75, 14.66, in the years from 1870 to 1876. Why this sudden increase ?
At the meeting of the Hamilton-County Teachers' Association, March 10, Supt. Peaslee gave a practical lesson in arithmetic with pupils from different schools, and papers were read by Prof. Geo. A. Chase, of Louisville, Ky. (“ Reasonable Demands of Pupils”), and F. W. Bryant (Arithmetic), of Mt. Airy. Music was furnished by the Glee Club of Wyoming. The next meeting will take place the second Saturday of this month.
Mr. Jas. O. WOODRUFF, a business man of Indianapolis, has planned a two-year scientific expedition around the World. He intended to take sixty students at a cost of $2,000 a year for each student, payable in advance, thus making the whole receipts $240,000. On February 12, according to the Indiana School Journal, Mr. Woodruff said he had more applicants than he could accommodate.
-Wilson's Ornithology, edition of 1836, long since out of print, has readily sold for $60 or $75 a copy. A new, complete, and enlarged edition of the work, with descriptions of more than one hundred birds omitted in the original work, is now published by J. W. Bouton, of New York, in 3 volumes, cloth, gilt, uncut edges, $18, finer bindings, $20, $25, and $30. The work contains nearly 400 figures of birds, accurately engraved and beautifully colored.
-The Second Annual Institute of Drawing, conducted by L. S. Thompson, will begin in Sandusky City, July 9, and continue four weeks. It is needless to speak to Ohio Teachers of Mr. Thompson's qualifications for this work. Those interested should read Mr. Thompson's advertisement in this issue, and also write to him for his extended circular, in which he gives the opinions as to his qualifications, of such men as Walter Smith of Boston, T. W. Harvey, E. F. Moulton, W. W. Ross, H. M. Parker, John Hancock, etc.
The Department of Superintendence of the National Educational Association met in Washington, D. C., March 1, 2, and 3.
Ohio was represented by the Hon. C. S. Smart, President of the Department, A. J. Rickoff, of Cleveland, and J. H. Lehman, of Canton; Massachusetts by Dickinson and Bio nell; Connecticut by Northrop and Northend; Pennsylvania by Wickersham, Jones of Erie, and Luckey; Maryland by Newell, Shepherd, and Wilmer; Indiana by McRea; Illinois by Etter; Wisconsin by Hoyt; Colorado by Leverson; Virginia by R. L. Carne; and District of Columbia by Eaton, Wilson, Richards, and Atter.
-On the 24th of February, a District Meeting of Teachers was held in Warrensville Centre, Cuyahoga Co., at which W. P. Putnam of Warrensville, presented the subject of " Theory and Practice of Teaching,” Mrs. S. Patrick of Solon, “Geography,” W. S. Corlett, “Reading," and R. C. Smith of Bedford, “Physical Geography.” Mrs. Patrick dwelt especially upon the method of teaching geography to primary classes. The Warrensville choir assisted by C. H. Cannon and the teachers furnished the music. The ladies of Warrensville furnished a dinner to the Association in the Church. The meeting adjourned to meet in Chagrin Falls, March 24th.
-Tue Valley Blade of February 24, published at Portsmouth, Ohio, contains a long account of the Proceedings of the Niles Township Teachers' Association held February 3, in Sub-district No. 1. The following topics were discussed in the day and evening sessions :-Long Division by J. S. Vaughters, English Grammar by B. Duzen, History by C. W. Williams, Geography by S. A. Steadman, Evening address by J. S. Vaughters, School Government by S. A. Steadman, and Immorality in School by E. A. Bridwell. The Duties of Parents to Teachers was made the subject of a general discussion. The Association adjourned to meet March 3, at 1 P. M., at Pond-Run School-house.
-The report of the Public Schools of Newark, Ohio, for the month ending in February, is remarkable. In six of the 31 schools, including the colored school, the average daily attendance was more than 99 per cent of the average number belonging, and in twenty-four of the schools the per cent was above 96, making a per cent of 96.9 for all the schools. There were only 27 cases of tardiness, and 2 cases of corporal punishment. At the close of the month a spelling test of all the words passed over within the month was made, resulting in an average per cent of 95.3, one school standing 100, seven above 98, and only one less than 92.
-Ar the meeting of the Preble-County Teachers' Association, which met in Eaton, February 24, A. B. Johnson, of Avondale, Hamilton Co., presented the subject of “Reading in the Higher Grades of Schools,” Miss 0. T. Alderman, of Eaton, “Resources,” and Oscar Sheppard, T. A. Pollok, and L. D. Brown, discussed the question, “Is there a Text-Book Monopoly in Ohio.” A part of the time was devoted to Queries. At the preceding meeting of this same Association, on January 24, in the same place, Prof. Edward W. Claypole, of Antioch College, spoke of “Some Physical Sins in the School-Room,” Winfield Freeman, Esq., of Eaton, of “The Teacher as a Man," and Superintendent John B. Peaslee, of Cincinnati, on “Arithmetic.” The exercises were enlivened by music.
-The following gives the number of students and teachers in the last summer term of the German Universities. The figures are from the University Calendar for 1876–7:—Berlin 3,666 students and 193 teachers; Vienna, 3,581 and 247; Leipzig, 2,803 and 155; Munich, 1,158 and 114; Breslau, 1,122 and 108; Göttingen, 1,059 and 119; Tübingen, 1,025 and 86; Würzburg, 990 and 66; Halle, 902 and 96; Dorpat, 844 and 65; Graz, 804 and 88; Heidelberg, 795 and 110.; Bonn, 785 and 100; Strasburg, 700 and 94; Königsberg, 611 and 82; Innsbruck, 570 and 67; Greifswold, 507 and 60; Jena, 503 and 77; Marburg, 445 and 69; Erlangen, 422 and 55; Mün ster, 415 and 29; Zürich, 355 and 75; Bern, 351 and 74; Giessen, 313 and 59; Freiburg, 290 and 54: Basel, 239 and 61; Kiel, 223 and 65; and Rostock, 141 and 36.
-“The Warren-County Teachers' Association met at Morrow, on Saturday, March 10. During the morning session the subject of Compulsory Education was briefly discussed by Prof. J. C. Kinney, of Loveland, and Alston Ellis, of Hamilton. The afternoon session was opened with appropriate singing, followed by a short address on “Utilization of time,” by T. J. Wyscarver, of Morrow. Superintendent Cole, of Waynesville,
, spoke on “Words, simple and derivative, and how to teach them.” The paper of George S. Ormsby, of Xenia, on "The Practical,” was well received, as was also the address of Alston Ellis, of Hamilton, on “The growth of the Free School System and the dangers which now threaten it."
-THE Central-Kentucky Teachers' Association, embracing eighteen counties, was announced to meet in Lexington, on the afternoon of March 30, and the forenoon of March 31. The teachers attending were to be entertained free. The Association was to be welcomed by the Hon. Jas. 0. Harrison, and response made by the President, T. C. H. Vance, formerly of Ohio. The topics announced were “Oral Grammar," by T. J. Gaines, “Primary Reading,” by Nannie Dawson, “Should the Curriculum of the Public Schools embrace some of the Natural Sciences and Higher Mathematics,” by W. H. Lockhart, “County Superintendency,” by Capt. Hathaway, “English Literature,” by Prof. J. K. Patterson, and “The Educational Problem,” by J. R. Day.
-The last session of the Southwestern Teachers' Association, of Crawford County, was held in Galion, Ohio, the afternoon and evening of March 10. A model lesson in Geography was given by Miss Morrison, and a Model Recitation was conducted by Miss Uhl. Essays on the following topics, “Not how much but how well,” “ Earth's Battle Fields,” and "Retrospective," by Misses Martin and Frankenberger and R. Cowden. Lectures were delivered by J. E. Williams (“What I saw in the Mammoth Cave"), and by G. W. Snyder (“What do Teachers Need?”). Prof. Freeman gave a drill in Shorthand. The sessions were well attended by the citizens of Galion.
-“At a meeting of teachers on the last Saturday of February, at Sevenmile, Butler Co., Ohio, Mr. E. Williams of Amanda, read an essay on Monthly Examinations, discussed by J. W. Judkins of Port Union, R. Mitchell of Monroe, and Harry Lowe of Sevenmile. Alston Ellis of Hamilton addressed the meeting on the subject of “Legislation,” B. Holton of Miltonville, read a paper on the “True aim of a Teacher,” Prof. Starr of Sevenmile read an " Address to Teachers,” Harry Lowe gave a recitation in “ Arithmetic,” and R. M. Mitchell read “The Battle of Bunker Hill.” The whole programme was interesting and profitable, and listened to by a large and respectable audience."
-“The following salaries are paid to the teachers in the Public Schools of Greenfield, Ohio:-superintendent (Samuel Major), $1200; assistant in the High School (Miss Laura C. McGarraugh), $450; teacher in Grammar A (Miss Lou. M. Dunlap), $450; Grammar B (Miss Mary Love), $405; Intermediate Secondary A and B, and Primary A (Misses Addie Roten, Sarah D. McGarraugh, Emma B. McCabe, and Netta Fellers, respectively), $360; Primary A (Mrs. Mary A. Dwyer), $450; teacher in Colored School (Mr. S. F. Morris), $360.—The time taught is nine months.
These schools had in November, 1876, an enrolment of 403, average daily attendance 380, cases of tardiness 99; in December, enrolment 418, average daily attendance 392, cases of tardiness 110; in January 1877, enrolment 417, average daily attendance 363, cases of tardiness 119; in February, enrolment 406, average daily attendance 371, cases of tardiness 58.”
-ALEX. M. Stanton is Superintendent of Truancy in New-York City.
-F. S. Fuson is Superintendent of the Schools of North Lewisburg, Ohio.
-Mrs. Anna M. Mills is Superintendent of the Public Schools of Crestline, Ohio.
-Miss MARTHA DOAKE, Principal of the Training School of the Normal College in New York City, died recently.
-A. T. GOSHORN, Director-General of the Centennial Exposition, graduated at Marietta College in 1854.
-PROF. FRANCIS J. Child was transferred last year from the Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory in Harvard College to that of English.
-WM. REECE, of Jamestown, Ohio, is engaged to teach five weeks in Xenia-College Normal Institute, beginning July 23, 1877.
-C. L. Gould, an alumnus of Marietta College, class of '71, is now teaching in the Imperial University of Japan, at a salary of $3,000.
-H. M. Adams, formerly a teacher in the Ironton High School, will open, about the first of next month, a private school in Rome, Lawrence County, Ohio.
-PROF. C. A. Young, of Dartmouth College, N. H., formerly of Western-Reserve College, Ohio, has accepted the Princeton Professorship of Astronomy.
-Miss ISABELLA PARSELS has been promoted to the position of First Assistant Tutor in the Training Department of the New York City Normal College. Salary, $1,800.
-LEONARD WALDO, who graduated at Marietta College in 1872, is now Assistant Astronomer at the Harvard Observatory. He accompanied a Transit Expedition to Australia.
-The Rev. Edmund 0. Hovey died last month in Crawfordsville, Ind. He was Professor of Chemistry and Geology in Wabash College, and had been connected with the college for forty-four years.
-FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS HUNTINGTON, who died February 22d, in Painesville, Ohio, in the 88th year of his age, was the first school teacher in that place. He came to Painesville in 1816.
-ELIPHALET COTES, O. F. Serviss, Mr. Frank P. Davidson, and Hortense G. Snyder, are the principals of the cardinal districts of Springfield, Ohio. Each receives a salary of $1000.
-CARL F. Kolbe, Professor of Modern Languages in Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio, will take charge, after this school year, of a young ladies' institute, at Juniata, Pa., where he formerly taught.
-H. A. THOMPSON, President of Otterbein University at Westerville, Ohio, is the candidate for Governor of Ohio of the Prohibition Party. Mr. Thompson has had some experience in a legal fight with a liquor seller.
-Gen. 0. O. HOWARD, formerly President of Howard University, Washington, D. C., is now commander of U. S. A., of the Department of Columbia, which embraces Oregon and the territories of Idaho and Washington.
-S. S. Hamill was elected, in January last, Professor of Elocution in the Hughes and the Woodward High School in Cincinnati. He is the author of a work on elocution, published by Nelson & Phillips, New York, and Hitchoock & Walden, Cincinnati. We have never seen the work.
-DANIEL WORLEY, so long Superintendent of the Public Schools of Canton, Ohio, and previously a college professor, will open in Canton, on the first of May, a Select School. Mr. Worley is an excellent teacher. He will provide a teachers' course. Send to him for a postal circular.
-John M. EDWARDS, who resigned his position in the Hughes High School at the beginning of the present school year, had been in the employ of the Cincinnati Board of Education for thirty-eight years, the last twenty-five of which had been spent in the Hughes High School. H. B. Furness, a member of the State Board of Examiners, succeeded Mr. Edwards.
PROF. ORRIS, late of Marietta College, whom we announced last month as having started for Greece, to spend a few months in study, it is said will accept the Associate Greek Professorship in Princeton College, which has been tendered to him at a salary of $3,400. He intended to spend one year in Greece studying Modern Greek, but an acceptance of the Princeton Professorship will compel his return by the middle of September next.
-REUBEN McMillan, of Youngstown, is one of the generous-hearted teachers of Ohio. He subscribes for school journals for those of his teachers who he thinks are not able to pay for them. Our Youngstown list of subscribers for both the Monthly and Queries is a pretty full one. Recently Mr. McMillan placed at his own expense in the school library a copy of Appleton's New American Cyclopædia, at a cost of about $100.
-"President William B. BODINE entered upon the duties of his office As President of Kenyon College on the first of January. Mr. Bodine