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Make me a child again, just for about them in the schools when
to-night”-long enough to ex- they are very young. Simple and perience something of the refine- noble architecture, good lines, harment and happiness which are a
monious colors, cost no more than
the ugly, barren or pretentious part of the child life of to-day on
buildings too often the prison of account of the greatly improved the child. The subtle and pervaphysical conditions of the school- sive influence of soft color, fine rooms.
pictures and noble forms on the
walls make for a finer sense of In a recent article published in
beauty in public and in private life The Independent on "What Women
thereafter; gentle voices, courteCan Do for the Public Schools,"
ous manners, generous spirits, new Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer makes interests grow in the atmosphere some most timely, and intensely
made by curtains and growing practical and helpful suggestions. plants at windows, pictures, flow
ers, books and collections in the After discussing at some length
room. These things should be in the influence of the teacher, and the
every school-room in the land, not value and necessity of co-opera- in the favored few. School-rooms tion on the part of the parents, and
should be the most interesting and after pointing out in a helpful way
charming spots in town. Happily
they can now be made so with small what women can do for the health
cost. Science has taught us how of the children in the public
to bring the great masters to our schools, Mrs. Palmer then calls walls at little expense, and the special attention to what can be glory that was Greece and the done by the women to beautify the
grandeur that was Rome may tell school-room. We are happy to
their story to any one who will
look and listen. quote from her excellent article
The exhibit by the Boston Pubwhat she has to say on this topic: lic Library, and their publication of
But women can give more than lists and prices of pictures suitable health; they can give beauty, a for school-room decoration, point matter as important to the grow- the way, and show the ease with ing child as fresh air. Remember
which clubs of women can give ing the vast sum invested in the beauty to the schools. public schools, can we not insist Last Christmas vacation that these schools not only give us crowded city school-room in a health of body, but also represent a tenement-house section was taken finer public taste, a nobler public by a little company of women, disspirit, and a higher general refine- infected and thoroughly cleaned. ment? If our people are to make The room was painted a soft red, living a fine art, if the next gener- and on the wall in front of the chilation is to rise above coarse, rude dren's desks two good pictures ways to the love of beautiful things were hung, large enough for all the and the power to create them, then sixty pairs of eyes to see—alas, the little children must have beauty that there should ever be more
than thirty in one room!—and over more adaptable, more observant, the teacher's desk between the pic- more creative. The power to think, tures was placed a cast of the mar- to see, to do—these all elementary velous Greek horsemen from the education should aim to give. Parthenon frieze. The little chil- These difficult powers the State dren, from eight to ten, came won- must have in the majority of its deringly back to their new room
citizens if civilization is to keep their "Sunday room," they said. progress with its means. They could not work the first day
We most earnestly commend the for the surprise and joy of it; so their teacher told them to write her
suggestions of this earnest woman a letter, to tell her how they liked
to the teachers and patrons of our it. “Dear teacher," wrote the first schools. If we had more of such “I promise you never to stick pins helpful suggestions from the wointo Johnny any more"; and another boy said, “I won't play the welfare of the children, and less
men who are really interested in hooky again, never all the year." A little girl wrote: “I'll ask my
of that captious criticism which mother to let me wear my good comes from some of the self-satisdress to-morrow." What if they fied women of the day who imagdid insist upon tenderly calling the
ine that leadership consists in findsuperb Greeks "Washington's
that Army Crossing the Delaware"? ing fault with everything What matter as long as young eyes
teachers and superintendents have are trained to see, and young
done or are trying to do, not only hearts to love elevated beauty? would the public schools be made
The planting of trees and flow- better, but true womanhood would ers and grass about the buildingsalso be exalted. and the pride and interest which grow in protecting them, will train the children beyond untidy streets,
The more humane treatment to dirty alleys, hideous advertise
which children are subjected in the ments in public places, and atrocious buildings. If we are to have
schools of to-day as compared with finer and more beautiful public even twenty-five years ago shows life our future citizens must have itself very plainly in the feeling and the early training of eye and hand
action of the pupils toward their which will give a sure instinct for
teachers. Some persons who may beauty and an instant repulsion
read this note may possibly rememin the presence of all that is bad. Hence women must not be content
ber when it was the custom to desimply to show the good and beau- mand a "treat" from the teacher, tiful. They must provide means of
and if it was not forthcoming on teaching the young to create it.
demand, the semi-civilized youngMusic, drawing, modeling, carving are all practical subjects; they are
sters proceeded to lock out, freeze not luxuries. They enlarge pow
out, or smoke out their educational ers, and make men and women leader until he was glad to surrender on terms of their own mak- With this issue the MONTHLY ing. Now it is the custom in many closes its forty-seventh year. It places for the children to present will soon be a half century old. to their teachers some little token
We trust that as a result of the conof their esteem and affection, and
tinued cordial support of the teachmany teachers in the next few days
ers of the State, it may grow in will have their hearts gladdened
strength as it grows in years, and by some such kind remembrance,
that it may always stand as an inon the part of their pupils. While
dex of the conservative, safe educafirmness is always a necessity in
tional thought of the day as repthe management of any school, and sternness is sometimes de
resented by the practice of the best manded by extreme cases, yet
teachers of the State in whose inkindness and good will of teacher terests it was started by the State for pupils, and pupils for teacher Teachers' Association in 1852. are always characteristic of a good school. As we enter upon our Christmas vacation, we shall all do We devote considerable space well to make the beautiful senti- this month to an account of the ment expressed in the following Central Association meeting held quotation a part of our life:
at Columbus, November 4 and 5. “But I am sure I have always With the exception of the National thought of Christmas time, when it Association, the Central is probhas come around-apart from the ably the largest meeting of the kind veneration due to its sacred name in the United States. In addition and origin, if anything belonging to to the interesting general account it can be apart from that—as a of the great meeting furnished by good time; a kind, forgiving, char- Miss Sutherland, we are specially itable, pleasant time; the only time fortunate in being able to present I know of in the long calendar of the inaugural address of the presithe year, when men and women dent, F. B. Pearson of Columbus. seem by one consent to open their President Pearson was the recipshut-up hearts freely, and to think ient of compliments and congratuof people below them as if they lations from all sources on the really were fellow-passengers to strength and originality of his adthe grave, and not another race of dress, and the success of the meetcreatures bound on other jour- ing over wlich he presided with neys."
sich universal satisfaction.
THE CENTRAL OHIO TEACHERS' ASSO
CIATION. By Margaret W. Sutherland. The Central Ohio Teachers' Association being the largest educational gathering of the State and bringing distinguished educators from various parts of the country to address it, deserves more than a passing notice. Its annual session was held at Columbus, November 4 and 5. The number in attendance was very great. It was variously estimated from eighteen hundred to two thousand. But whatever the exact number, the fact remains that at the opening session on Friday afternoon the Great Southern Theater packed to the highest gallery, hundreds stood unable to
ind seats, and a great many being unable to find entrance spent the afternoon in visiting different places of interest in the city.
Columbus had never made better preparations for the entertainment of her guests. At the Union Station on Friday morning they were met by the superintendent, the supervisors of music, drawing, penmanship, and physical culture, and a committee of young ladies from the normal school.
According to a a time-honored plan Friday morning is spent in visiting the schools of whatever city the Association is held in. The committee at the station was there to render assistance to the visiting teachers in finding any school de
sired or in suggesting schools to those who had no special place they wished to visit.
The Columbus Teachers' Mutual Aid Association through a committee of its Board of Control carried out the admirable idea of its president Miss Anna Riordan of providing a Rest or Reception Room for the delegates. This room was kept open for two days and words of unqualified pleasure and gratitude showed how it was appreciated. A large room centrally located was given free of rent by one of our citizens, and this was not only comfortably but elegantly furnished by enterprising Columbus merchants on the block of High street between Broad and Gay streets. While the Columbus Gas Co. put in fixtures and furnished light and heat for two days free of charge. It would be hard to tell how pleased the Columbus teachers were at this mark of appreciation from representative business men of the city.
The committee in charge of the Rest Room had the assistance for two days of the superintendent's clerk and five alumnae of the normal school, who welcomed visitors, checked their baggage and parcels, and in various ways administered to their comfort. Nearly all the leading current magazines were on the tables for those who desired to read while resting or waiting for friends.
At about 2 P. M. Friday, Supt.
J. A. Shawan called the Associa- generally · replies by naming the tion to order and introduced to the school at which he received instrucaudience its new president F. B. tion; but the truth is that he is edPearson, principal of the East high ucated by many forces outside of school of Columbus, who delivered school, forces of unmeasured an inaugural address on “The Evo- strength. Do we invoke the aid of lution of the School Master”, , these other forces as much as we which won high encomiums from should? Institutions represent all who heard it. So many ex- what has been accomplished; they pressed a desire to possess this ad- are the wheat separated from chaff. mirable paper that the Monthly The church is distinctly an educahas secured it and will publish it in tional force; through organized full.
work it calls out the best in life. After another delightful song The home is what the school is not, from the quartet which under the - an end in itself. Everything we direction of Supervisor W. H. Lott hope for, live for, centers in home. had already captured the hearts of The Master forever dignified home the audience, the president intro- when He said "In my Father's duced Supt. S. T. Dutton, of house are many mansions.” In the Brookline, Mass., who addressed home affection has its choicest fruithe meeting upon "Educational tion. School life should be a conForces and their Relation to Each tinuation of home life. Other.” Mr. Dutton began by say- The public newspaper is an eduing that he had not come to sug- cational force. It is certain there gest any new work, any new stud- is a difference in papers; but the ies, or any new methods. In fact
good newspaper is a photograph of in seeing the number of subjects on a cross section of the world's life. many of the programs of our It is a constant educative power, schools at the present time, he was recognizing too the field of educareminded of the little boy who tion and devoting space to it. seated for a feast at an overloaded The civic state with all that it table said as his blessing “O Lord, presents of order, public spirit oi help us to take small bites and eat men manifested in public buildslow."
ings, public money expended for The speaker said that he had but the general good, are all educative a simple message to bring, but the and should act more on the young. suggestion that instead of adding The social mind, or public opinanything to our curriculum we call ion, has an important effect in adto our aid other forces than those vancing education. It makes pose of the school. When a man is sible public collections of art. Ia asked where he was educated, he a little city of New England chil