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-The question of Athletics in one form or another is of interest to teachers of all grades of school work, and it is, therefore, believed that the timely and vigorous article of President Alston Ellis, found in this issue, will be read with pleasure and profit by all. The facts stated can not be disputed, and the arguments advanced against brutal sports which can only demoralize, and in favor of some of the oldtime games which furnished recreation, amusement and exercise of a really beneficial character, can not be answered. We earnestly commend President Ellis's frank and fearless treatment of this question







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to the careful consideration of both courses proposed for adoption public school and college authori- in some of the schools of the presties.

ent day is enough to produce tears

of sympathy for the poor, helpless -It is impossible to teach too

children, and contempt for school much of true patriotism in our

authorities who seem to be deterpublic schools. The more true

mined to do away with the high love of our country, its institutions,

schools of the day by providing for its laws, and its flag we can instill

a complete high school training into the minds and hearts of the

before the high school is reached. children the better. To this end

Judging from the discussion gothe proper celebration of the birth

ing on in recent issues of the Pittsdays of great Americans who have

burg papers, Supt. Luckey is kept stood out prominently as great

busy trying to protect the public leaders in founding and building schools of that city from a large this great Nation, is always an aid.

overdose of this character. The In this issue will be found a pro- following words from him have the gram of exercises for the celebra

right ring, and outline in a very tion of the birthdays of Lincoin

pointed, humorous way his objecand Washington which we hope

tions to the new course of study will be helpful to our readers in

which has been recommended by schools of all grades.

the committee: - The educational world has its

"My first objection is that the

course recommended by the comshare of so-called reformers whose

mittee requires so much of the puanxiety to be considered the au- pil's time in other studies that readthors of something new or startling ing and language are for the most greatly exceeds their desire to do part relegated to the background; the greatest good to the greatest

thus, the child of 6, 7 and 8 years number of the children in the pub- tory and non-migratory birds, hi

of age is required to study migralic schools, or their judgment in bernation, food of man, and its reladealing in a rational manner with: tion to life, prehension and digesthe many hard problems that arise tion of food, analysis of garden soil, in school administration.

examination of sand, gravel, limeOne of the most dangerous ten

stone, quartz and pebbles; collect

eggs of frogs, study the disseminadencies of the present time arises tion of seeds, collect specimens of from the attempts of such reform- all things observed; study common ers to overload the course of study

insects and the covering and food in the primary and grammar grades

of animals.

"If the child is still living at the to such an extent that thorough end of the eighth year and continwork is an absolute impossibility. ues in school he must describe carA glance at some of these new nivorous and herbivorous animals, and among the birds he must look President Frank Rathmell of the after the perchers, climbers, waders Columbus Board of Education who and swimmers. The frog, the fish, introduced Mayor Black of Columthe earthworm, the oyster must be studied with reference to the adap- bus, who extended a cordial weltation of structure to environment. come to the visiting delegates. He He must post himself on the struc- was followed by State School Comture, digestive organs and food of missioner 0. T. Corson, who spoke man and their relation to life, on

at some length regarding the magrespiration and circulation, the functions and structure of the hu

nitude and importance of public man skin, relations of food and education and the necessity of a drink to muscle and bone, dissem- strong educational sentiment in orination and germination of weeds. der that good schools may be seOf seeds and flowers he must talk

cured. of calyx, corolla, sepals, petals, stamens, pistils and pollen.

The temporary organization con"Since he is now out of the pri- sisted of J. M. Weaver of Dayton, mary school and in the grammar

President and Mrs. Cotton Mather school, these things are not quite of Hillsboro, Secretary. After this so difficult, but after taking a dash at the description of quartz, lime organization was effected, Supt

. W.

H. Cole of Marysville read a very stone, mica, gypsum, feldspar, granite he must give the story which interesting and helpful paper on fossils tell, note in excavations and "The School Library, Its Scope railroad cuts the order of deposi- and Value." tion and the striate on boulders, make special study of coal and give

“Should the Length of Terms of

Members of Boards of Education proof of its vegetable origin and tell of the different kinds, study be Extended: Say to Four and peat bogs and coal digging, study Eight Years?" was the subject of the use of gold, silver, copper, sul

an address by S. F. Secrest of Chilphur, hematite, halite and gaienite.

licothe in which he favored such “When he has completed this course he must wonder what on

extension. earth he will have to do when he The permanent organization was reaches the high school."

then effected by electing Capt. E.

R. Montfort of Cincinnati, PresSTATE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS ident, and Mrs. Cotton Mather of AND MEMBERS OF BOARDS OF EDUCATION.

Hillsboro, Secretary.

J. M. Weaver of Dayton followed [Summary made up from the minutes of the Secretary, Mrs. Cotton Mather, Hillsboro, 0.] in an address on “What is the Best

The first Conference of Presi- Method of Electing Members of dents and Members of Boards of

Boards of Education?" in which he Education was held in Columbus, urged that such election should be January 11 and 12, 1898. The at large instead of by wards. A meeting was called to order by general discussion followed this in

dicating quite a difference of sen- "Should Local Applicants be timent.

Given Preference as Teachers?" At the evening session President was discussed in a general way by James H. Canfield of the Ohio State everal of the members. Several Universitv delivered an address on

of the "Round Table Topics" were "What Shall be the Extent and Or- also taken up. ganization of State Education?" The committee on Permanent

The morning session of the sec- Organization reported a general ond day onened with an exhaustive plan which was adopted and the paper by Martin A. Gemuender of following officers were elected: Columbus on "Shall the State Levy President-Frank Rathmell, Cote Superseded by an Increased lumbus. Local Levy?" in which he recom- First Vice-president-Mrs. Cotmended that such change should ton Mather, Hillsboro. be made.

Second Vice-president -- P. N. This paper was followed by an Sigler, Dayton. eloquent and helpful address by Secretary – M. A. Gemuender, Dr. E. E. White on “School Ad- Columbus. ministration.” He made an earnest

Executive Committee - E. R. appeal for the children of the State Montfort, Cincinnati; Mason to the end that the best educational Evans, Youngstown; W. A. Wayadvantages should be guaranteed to land, Chillicothe. all.

The "Rural School Problem" and The afternoon session opened the "Workman Law” were earwith a general discussion of the law nestly discussed and a resolution granting the right of suffrage to endorsing this law was passed with women at school elections, and a only one dissenting vote. resolution opposing any attempt to

The meeting closed with a short, repeal such law was unanimously stirring address by the President, adopted.

E. R. Montfort of Cincinnati, who The next paper was read by W. urged the importance of the work J. Whitworth of Youngstown on of public education, and the neces“Are Forty Weeks of School De- sity of a careful selection of teachsirable?" The paper did not favor a lengthened school year.

The Conference was a success in "Should Manual Training (for every particular, and this success is Boys), and Domestic Science (for due in a very large measure to the Girls) be Introduced into the High untiring efforts of President CanSchools?” was discussed by A. F. field of the O. S. U., and President Munson of Zanesville who favored Rathmell of the Columbus Board such introduction.

of Education. It is but just, how


ever, to state in this connection that the first suggestion of the Conference was made by Supt. John A. Long of Chillicothe.

William George Bruce of the Milwaukee School Board Journal was present at all the sessions and the full proceedings of the Conference will appear in the next issue of his Journal.

[ Department Headquarters at the New

Southern Hotel.) President N. C. Schaeffer, of the Department of Superintendence of the N. E. A., writes that the arrangements for the Chattanooga meeting, to be held February 22, 23 and 24, are about completed. The Southeastern Passenger Association has granted a rate of one fare for the round trip; tickets good for the going trip February 20, 21 and 22, and for return until Feb

Leave Cincinnati 8:30 a. m. and arrive at Chattanooga 5:55 p. m. of the same day; or leave Cincinnati 8:00 p. m. and arrive at Chattanooga 7:45 a. m. the next day.

Persons who can find it convenient to reach Cincinnati in time to take the morning train February 21 will have the great pleasure of passing through

through the beautiful scenery on the Q. & C. Route by daylight, reaching Chattanooga in the evening of the same day. Those who can not start early enough to make this connection, can go through on the night train, reaching Chattanooga in plenty of time for the opening session at 9:30 a. m., February 22. The railroad rates are low, the hotel accommodations are ample, the season of the year for the trip is desirable, and the meeting is important. All of these inducements should guarantee a large attendance. In addition to the above, Ohio has a special reason for sending a large delegation in the fact that it is the intention to bring the next meeting to our own capital city of Columbus, if possible. If Ohio does her duty there'can be no doubt as to the result. Make your arrangements to go in order that you may enjoy the pleasure and profit of the meeting, and also that you may aid in securing it for Ohio next year.

In the following pages will be found full and complete information regarding program, hotel rates, etc.:

ruary 28.

The Central Passenger Association has granted the same rate; tickets good for the going trip February 20 and 21, and for return until February 25.

All tickets must be stamped and counter-signed at Chattanooga before return. Special attention is called to the advertisements of the Big Four and Queen and Crescent Routes found in this issue of the MONTHLY. Direct connections can be made in Cincinnati for either of the through trains leaving there for Chattanooga. The schedule is as follows:

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