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classes of schools of the same grade, will be ex-scholar who loses nothing by irregular attendactly the same throughout the city. * * *

ance. “Two years and a half will be required to com

The report shows the number of schools, plete the regular course in each of these schools, scholars, and teachers, in the city, to be as fol[primary and intermediate,] but by extra effort lows: pupils may be able to finish their course in two

| “Twenty-three Primary Schools, containing years or less.

3,246 children; seventeen Intermediate, with “ The full course of study in the Grammar | 1830 pupils, and 36 teachers ; seven Grammar Schools should be four years, and new classes Schools, with 1896 pupils, and 36 teachers; and should be formed and promotions made only la High School, with 8 permanent teachers. once in six months. But every pupil should There are besides these, a teacher of drawing. have the opportunity afforded him of finishing and one in French, in the High; and a teacher his course, if he is able, in three years or less ; l of music for the Intermediate, Grammar and that is, he should be promoted to a higher class High Schools. The whole number of Public just as soon as he is able to pass a thorough ex- | Schools in the city, is 48. The number of teachamination in all the studies the class he proposes ers, 130; and the whole number of pupils adto enter has passed over. * * * And if I mitted the present term, is 7.257. scholars are absent from school, or are irregular! “The High School will commence its next sesin their attendance, they should not be promot-sion with about 400 pupils." ed to a higher class until they are fully prepared

At the close of the last spring term, a very to sustain an examination in all the studies that

thorough and careful examination of all the were passed over during such absence. * * *

schools, by written questions and answers, was This will operate as an effectual check to the fre

made by the Superintendent. quent and often unnecessary absences that are

“ This examination,” says the committee's renow seriously hindering the thorough and rapid advancement in most of our schools. If each

port, "showed a high degree of proficiency on the

part of the pupils, and was another most conpupil was required absolutely, on his return to

vincing proof of the faithfulness and efficiency school, to recite satisfactorily every lesson that

of the teachers." had been learned by his class, before he could be fully restored to his former standing, the unne- | We hope soon to present our readers some of cessary absences would be very few in compari- the questions with the result of the examination son with what they are at present. I know of no of the several classes in the high school. The way by which the active cooperation of parents questious used in the examination of the Gram with teachers can be so effectually secured, as by

mar Schools were given in the June pumber of some such an arrangement as the one now pro

THE SCHOOLMASTER.

We give place, and would call the especial atThe course of study thus proposed contem- ten

contem- tention of our friends in the several manufacplates two years and a hall in the primary schools. turing villages of our state, to the remarks of the same time in the intermediate, four years in

the committee relative to the grammar schools, and three or four years in

EVENING SCHOOLS. the high school; thus requiring thirteen years “During the past winter, eight evening schools, to complete the course of study in the public being the number allowed by the city ordinance, schools, which will prepare young men at the were established in different portions of the city. age of eighteen for business or for college, and The schools continued for fifteen weeks, and afyoung ladies for the practical duties of life in forded instruction to above fifteen hundred putheir proper sphere. This course can be short-pils, of all ages from eight to forty years. ened perhaps two or three years by the active' “The entire cost of tuition in these schools

posed.”

was a little less than twenty-five hundred dollars, ests of the schools will admit of, and that no remaking the average cost per scholar, for tuition, duction in the teachers' salaries could be made about $1 65, for a term of fifteen weeks. without serious and lasting injury to the cause

“The good that has been accomplished by of education in our city. these schools, for a class in the community whose “Our schools are now well arranged, well supcircumstances compel their absence from the plied with experienced and faithful teachers, who day schools, is incalculable. Particularly has have been untiring in their efforts to elevate the this been the case during the past winter, when standard of intellectual and moral scholarship the general prostration of business, and the want among their pupils. of employment, has suggested to those who “The committee believe it would be false econreally desired to be honest, other than honorable omy on the part of your honorable body, to commeans of gaining a livelihood.

pel these teachers to seek more lucrative posi“ The elements of an education have thus tions elsewhere, and thereby to compel the combeen acquired by those, some of whom, if leftin mittee to fill the vacancies thus occasioned, with idleness, would have become the inmates of our less efficient and less experienced teachers, simreform school.

ply that a few hundred dollars would thereby be “The committee were much gratified, in visit- saved to the city treasury. ing these schools, to observe the earnestness “The experience of the past, the natural intuwith which men, women and children were striv-itive good sense of the human race, teach, in ing to lay the foundations of a common educa- language not to be misunderstood, that the best tion. The committee would therefore pre- and most thorough education is in the end the sent this part of our system of public edo | cheapest. For these reasons, the committee reucation to your honorable body, as one of the spectfully suggest to your honorable body the inmost important means of improving that por- expediency of reducing the salaries of the teachtion of our community beyond the reach of others in our public schools." er means of public instruction. For every dol- The city council, however, about the time this lar expended upon our evening schools, a tenfold

| report was presented, voted by a small majority return will be received in the improved moral

to reduce the salaries of the principal teaehers and intellecual character of our city.

in the city. It is evident that the honorable city “The committee would also here repeat a suge council were misled with regard to the economy gestion made in their last report, that the cause of the schools, and that the time is near when a of public education would be greatly promoted, wiser counsel will prevail and the hard earned if one or two evening schools should be estab salaries of the public school teachers will be relished, in which higher branches of study should instated. Sure it is that unless this action of the be pursued than are at present pursued in these

council is soon reconsidered and revoked great schools.'"

and permanent injury will be done to the schools With regard to the comparative expense for of this city. Providence has attaineid an enviaeducational purposes, the committee show that ble distinction among the cities of our country the expenses for education in 1848 was thirty per for efficient and successful schools. If now the cent. of the whole expense of the city, and that motive power is reversed, and the train is to the proportion has gradually decreased until the move backward, a change will be wrought the last two years; during which time the expense evil effects of which it will take years of toil to for schools has been only fourteen per cent. of overcome. the city expenses.

The people have labored too hard and given On the subject of teachers' salaries,

of their substance too freely for the elevation of “ The committee believe that our schools are the standard of education to see it now trailing now managed as economically as the best inter- l in the dust.

SCHOOL EXERCISES. I 20. Where in order to have at the same time

- all longitudes and no latitude? For the Schoolmaster,

21. At what place is there literally no north, Review or Test Questions in Mathematical no east, no west ? Geography.

22. At what place is there no south, no east,

no west? NOTE. Many of the following questions may 23. What place is exactly north from every to some seem too simple or altogether useless, both

eless, other place on the earth's surface ? yet we have known even teachers to be puzzled

| 54. What places on the earth's surface are

54 by the most simple of them. We think that|

hat exactly south of the North Pole ? they will be found useful in testing the accuracy

25. Two persons are so situated that when of the pupils' conceptions of a most important they point towards each other, both of them point department of geography.

exactly north. Where are they? 1. In what respect does the earth differ from 26. Which is the greatest distance, ten dea sphere?

grees east on the equator or ten degrees east in 2. What is the diameter of the North Pole ? fifty degrees of latitude ?

3. Does the equator extend through the earth 27. Why does a difference of time indicate a or around it?

difference of longitude ? 4. What is a parallel of latitude, and how 28. In what longitude from Greenwich is the many parallels are there?

place at which it is one o'clock in the afternoon 5. Are parallels of latitude all of the same when it is just noon at Greenwich ? At which it length ?

is one o'clock in the morning? 6. Are degrees of latitude all of the same 29. In what longitude is the place at which it length ?

| is eleven o'clock A. M. when it is noon at Green7. Is latitude measured on straight lines or on / wich? circles, and on what ones is it measured ?

30. Washington is 77 degrees west of Greed. 8. What is the latitude of the poles, and what wich. If a telegraphic dispatch could be inof the equator?

stantaneously transmitted, what time would it 9. If you were at the North Pole how would reach Washington if it left Greenwich at noon? the heavenly bodies appear to move ?

31. The captain of a vessel which is sailing 10. What is a meridian of longitude, and on a parallel of latitude finds that his chronomhow many meridians are there?

eter which keeps correct time seems to be losing u. Are all meridians of the same length ? | 10 minutes per day. Which way is the ship sail

12. On what lines or circles is longitude meas-ing and how many degrees per day? ured ? 13. Are all degrees of longitude of the same

August 21, 1858. length ?

Mr. Schoolmaster: 14. What is a first or given meridian ?

The following question was asked in an exam15. Is there more than one meridian running ination of teachers: “Will you give me a senthrough Greenwich, and if so, from which oftence containing the words tro, too, to, one of them do the English reckon longitude ?

which shall be a preposition, another an adjec16. Of what use is latitude and longitude ? tive, and the other a noun ?”

17. Where must a place be to have no lati- The candidate failed to do this, when the ex. tude?

| aminer gave the following: Two boys gare 18. Where to have no longitude ?

too much to the man." 19. Where to have neither latitude nor longi- Query. Which of the three words of similar tude ?

pronunciation is a noun ?

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