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Rural Schools. Ohio is the second questions as; What do you do state to secure the plates of this when you visit a school? What is exceedingly valuable report and the the new geography? The School members of the Association fully Library, and other live topics. appreciated the prompt action of After spending some time in the the Commissioner, the kindness of renewal of acquaintance and social the Public Printer, and the cour- intercourse the Association adtesy of the Superintendent of the journed to meet at Put-in-Bay with Bindery in stopping other work, the State Association. which made it possible for them to secure this report so soon after its STATE ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EX
AMINERS. publication. The advance sheets of the Com
RY R. W. MITCHELL. missioner's annual report in which The State Association of School he discusses fully the rural school Examiners held one of the most question were also on hand for dis spirited meetings since its organitribution. Commissioner-elect, Su- zation in the Assembly Hall of the perintendent L. D. Bonebrake Library Building in Columbus, dropped in during the afternoon December 29 and 30. There were session and being introduced by present about sixty-five school exthe president assured the members aminers. of his interest in their work and his In the absence of Pres. J. C. desire to help solve the Rural Hartzler, Prin. I. M. Jordan was School Problem. He suggested a elected to preside and Supt. R. W. union of several townships, giving Mitchell as secretary pro tem. the supervisor from thirty to fifty During the first day the disschools as a possible solution of the cussions were very interesting, question of supervision. This sug- bringing out many suggestions of gestion is in direct accord with the the best methods of examining aprecommendation of Commissioner plicants for certificates. . Corson in his last report.
The consensus of opinion was The Association is especially that in the examination of young fortunate in having so many warm and inexperienced applicants as friends among the City Superin- much oral work in theory and methtendents and High School Men of ods of teaching should be used as the State. A great many of them possible. That teachers of experwere present at different times dur- ience who are falling below the ing the session and upon invitation standard at present should be alparticipated in the discussions. lowed to drop out of the profession.
The evening session was occu- That County Examiners should pied in the consideration of such use the State Reading Course as the
basis of examinations in Theory cox, S. P. Humphrey and C. S. and Practice and Literature. That Fay. Mr. Wilcox reported the folthe Examiners should exert every lowing resolutions: influence in their power to encour- WHEREAS, we find after a careful age the teachers to belong to the trial, that the number of examinaTeachers' Reading Circles and tions—ten held in one year, as alread the whole Course. Prof. Pearson lowed by law—is insufficient in gave a short talk on the subject, some of the counties for the exam“Institute Work” and gave an ac- iners to do justice to the applicants, count of work being done in Geog- owing to the crowded condition of raphy by the "Committee on Geog- the classes; therefore, be it raphy" appointed by the Com- Resolved, That the number of exmissioner of Schools. Mr. Gal- aminations be limited in such counbreath, State Librarian, then gave ties as have had from 500 to 700 apan account of the workings of the plications in the preceding year, to State Circulating Library. Any 12; over 700 applications, to 15. organization or school can secure Resolved, That the examiners be the loan of books in lots of twenty- allowed mileage at the rate of 5 five by paying the express charges cents per mile to and from the place both ways. After the discussion of of the meetings of the board by the some of the topics committees were most practicable route. selected to draft resolutions and re- Some of the members were inport the same to the Association for clined to regard the amount allowed adoption. .
for mileage as too low, but after an The discussion on “Issuing extended discussion the resolutions Primary Certificates” brought out were adopted. An effort will be the expression from all that they made to induce the general assemshould be given only to teachers of bly to embody them into law at the recognized ability to do special coming session. primary work.
A resolution of three years ago, The following resolutions were urging abstinence on the part of adopted:
teachers from the use of tobacco Resolved, That we recommend was referred to before the meeting that the law be so amended that ap- adjourned. plicants for special certificates shall The Committee on Nominations be required to be examined in reported as follows: Theory and Practice of Teaching. For President, S. P. Humphreys,
After a lengthy discussion on the Ironton; Vice President, E. Burnumber of examinations, the mat- gess, Lancaster; Secretary, J. B. ter was referred to a committee Taylor, Granville; Ex. Com. D. C. consisting of Messrs. J. A. Wil- Meck, Mansfield; Horace Stokes,
Delaware, G. W. Brumbaugh, Day- Reynolds, Camden; W. H. Rich
ardson, Holgate; Alfred Ross, The report was unanimously Moors Hill, Indiana; J. E. Scamaadopted. The Association ad horn, Brilliant; J. L. Selby, Greenjourned sine die.
ville; A. L. Sigrist, Dundee; T. M.
Taylor, Dunlap; Elmer T. Trott, • STATE EXAMINATION.
Byesville; John I. Ward, Toledo; At the state examination of
W. G. Wolfe, Quaker City; W. W. teachers held in Columbus, Decem
Young, St. Marys; May Trumper, ber 28, 29 and 30, 1897, 74 appli- Bryan. cants were registered and 41 cer
Special life, music-Arnold J. tificates were granted, of which
Gantvoort, Cincinnati. number 14 were high school life,
Examinations for 1898 will be 26 common school life and one
held June 21, 22 and 23 and Despecial life in music. The following
cember 27, 28 and 29. are the successful applicants:
The following officers were elecHigh school life-E. R. Booth,
ted for the ensuing year: PresiCincinnati; J. E. Collins, West
dent, J. D. Simkins, St. Marys; Union; A. M. Farlow, Barlow;
clerk, C. W. Bennett, Piqua; treasWatson H. Gregg, Quaker City;
urer, W. W. Boyd, Marietta; adGeorge B. Haggett, Louisville;
ditional members of the board, James Ross, Carysville; D. C. Ry
Charles Haupert, Wooster, and J. bolt, Galion; J. F. Smith, Findlay;
P. Sharkey, Eaton.
-- The Bellevue Public Schools Ironton; Nettie Anderson, Win
are in a very flourishing condition, ton Place; Mary B. Furness, Wal
the High School attendance having nut Hills.
reached one hundred and ten. The Common school life--Charles A.
Principal of the High School is H. Arganbright, Lafayette; Sheldon
C. Bates who has three assistants. F. Ball, Toledo; B. O. Bristline,
Supt. Warner is to be congratulated Bradner; Edwin M. Craig, New
on the good work he has accomVienna; James A. Frazier, As
plished. bury; A. C. Fries, Grove City; C. E. Githens, Wellsburg; D. F. Grier, - The next meeting of the TriCourtland; Henry A. Hartman, County Teachers' Association Van Wert; F. L. Lytle, Copley; J. which embraces Ashland, Medina C. Little, Waynesville; G. E. Miller, and Wayne counties will be held at Linton Mills; I. L. Mitchell, Cleve- Orrville January 28 and 29. Supt. land; W. M. Plum, Ashville; J. W. J. B. Mohler of Orrville is making
preparations for a large and enthu- Public Schools of that city. This siastic meeting
Report contains the course of study - The Fremont High School,
and many vers valuable suggesWill D. Ross, Principal, has an en
en: tions from the superintendent. rollment of two hundred and fifteen -- The Granville Public Srlivols pupils and a senior class of thirty- have an enrollment of three h:11'(lrei
and thirty-two with seventy-five in -- The Stark County Teachers' the High School, seventeen of Institute held its annual fall session whom are in the graduating class. at Louisville December 26 and 27. Twenty-two Boxwell graduates The instructors were Mr. J. A. from the township attend the Leonard and Miss Lelia Patridge.
High School, the tuition being paid Our correspondent writes that “it is by the township board. G. A. generally conceded that this was the
Chambers is superintendent. best short session of the institute - The Guernsey County Teachever held in the county.”
ers’ Institute was held at Cambridge – Supt. E. D. Lyon of Mansfield
the week beginning December 27. and his corps of teachers are en
The instructors were Dr. J. P. thusiastic in their Reading Circle
Gordy of the Ohio State University,
Gordy of work. The city circle enrolls fifty- and Supt. J. C. Hartzler of Newark. six members and a carefully pre - Since Supt. Arthur Powell pared program for the year has been took charge of the Marion schools printed. The O. T. R. C. is surely eight years ago the High School growing in importance and value to has increased from eighty-seven to the teachers of Ohio each year. two hundred and twenty-one, and – Salem dedicated two new
the grades below the High School school buildings in November. The
from twelve hundred and sixtyHigh School in that city enrolls
seven to nineteen hundred and sixty. one hundred and thirty-six pupils.
A comparison of the increase in W. H. Maurer is Principal.
the High School with that below the
High School is very suggestive. - John E. Nelson, formerly of On account of the large increase in Ohio, but now superintendent at the High School this vear an addiMarengo, Illinois, is succeeding ad
tional teacher has been employed.
tional teacher has been er mirably in his work in that town.
It is to the credit of the teachers of He has a corps of ten teachers with
Marion that twenty-three of their one hundred in the High School. number are reading the 0. T. R. C.
– We are under obligations to Course, and that several others are Supt. F. J. Roller of Niles for a taking the University Extension copy of the Annual Report of the Course in history.
– The editor had a pleasant visit Greenville, December 18, was an to Cuyahoga county December 10 enthusiastic one. Supt. R. W. and 11. On the first named date it Mitchell of Celina made two excelwas his privilege to take part in the lent talks and the general discussion dedicatory exercises of the new' on “How To Make the Coming Inpublic school building at Glenville. stitute Most Helpful” was particiThe schools in this rapidly growing pated in by a large number of teachsuburb are in a very flourishing ers. The school commissioner condition and exceptional satisfac- made a talk at the afternoon session. tion with the work of Supt. Cully
– The Sixty-first Annual Report was expressed by every one.
of the Cleveland Public Schools On the morning of December 11
shows a total enrollment of 52,987 a visit was made to the Western Re
with 3,241 in the different High serve University which is develop
Schools. ing at a very rapid rate under the presidency of Dr. Thwing. On the
- The following paragraph on afternoon of the same day a talk
"Reading” is quoted from a recent was made to the Cuyahoga Teach
report of Supt. E. M. Van Cleve of ers' Association which was largely
Barnesville. attended by the superintendents and
The importance of good instruc
tion in reading can scarcely be overteachers of the county.
estimated; the ability to read is the - Supt. C. W. Bennett of Piqua
key to all recorded knowledge. The
aims in teaching this subject, which is a member of the Council of Ad
the teacher should constantly keep ministration of the G. A. R. of in mind, are to enable children (1) Ohio. The editor does not know his to read understandingly, fluently military title but presumes that
and intelligibly; (2) to gain
thought from the printed page; (3) "Colonel” is not entirely out of
to distinguish good from bad readplace.
ing; and (4) to form a taste for lit
erature and the habit of reading -- Supt. F. S. Coultrap of Nel
good books. The attitude of the sonville, C. L. Boyer of Logan, teacher is all important; if she enE. S. Monce of Haydenville and C. ters into the instruction enthusiasL. Martzolff of Buchtel, and
tically the pupils will be inspired by their teachers, numbering fifty in all,
her enthusiasm; every effort should
be made to make the reading lesson spent Friday, December 17, in vis- intere
interesting iting the Columbus city schools.
– The Society of Psychological – The Darke County Teachers' and Pedagogical Inquiry have seAssociation is one of the largest in lected the following subjects for the State. The meeting held at special investigation for 1897-8.