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er contended that if no religious or even moral wise attained. Besides, our state is admirably instruction were given at all, but merely the in- situated for such district associations. tellect were properly trained, the heart would be the teachers of Providence, who now meet benefited, and the moral character elevated. His regularly on the second Saturday of each term, arguments were clear, logical, and convincing, could well meet on the second and fourth Saturand presented as none but a thorough scholar days of each month for purposes of improvement. and strong thinker could present them. We The teachers of Burrillville could meet at Pashope in our next to give an abstract of the lec- coag; of Glouscester at Chepatchet; of the upture, and at some subsequent time to furnish per part of Smithfield and Cumberland at Woonextracts of this and perhaps other lectures. socket; of the lower part at Pawtucket or Val
The institute was one of the most sưccessful ley Falls, or at Lonsdale, perhaps alternating; ever held in the state, and will prove of great the teachers of the extreme south-west of the advantage to the teachers present and to the state at Westerly; while meetings of the respecpeople of Newport.
tive localities could be held at Newport; Warren
or Bristol ; South Kingston; East Greenwich; Teachers' Meetings.
North Kingston ; Washington; and, in fact, in
nearly or quite every town in the state. Now is The recent institute at Newport must have
the time to agitate the subject. We trust these suggested to many teachers present the impor- |
associations will be formed and vigorously main
tained throughout the winter. Lecturers can tance of frequent meetings for mutual improvement. “Teachers' Institutes" are now an es
readily be obtained by application to the Comtablished part of our plan of public instruction,
missioner, or to this office, to attend such meetBut they cannot do all that is to be done for the
ings as may need or desire the assistance of per
sons outside of the district, but the best plan is profession. They can be held at best but a few times a year, and the instructors who conduct
to develop the talent existing among the teachthe exercises must necessarily be very general in
ers themselves. the topics brought before the institute. Many matters pertaining to school government, to
Providence Evening Schools. methods of teaching, to individual cases of difficulty, cannot be brought before such a meeting.
No movement, connected with popular educa
No movement, connected with i Again; the time selected for such gatherings is tion, has been made during the last few years generally that which will find the largest num- which promises more beneficial results than the ber of teachers enjoying the vacation, at which general establishment of evening schools in our time the mind is not prepared to investigate prin- cities and towns. ciples which shall effectually regulate their There are multitudes, who, either from the course of action, as it is when the cases of diffi- poverty of their parents, their own indifference, culty are fresh and perhaps yet unsettled. or their foreign birth, have grown up ignorant of
But, let the teachers at the present season of the general principles of a common school eduthe year form District Associations, which shall cation. Many others there are whose early ad. meet as often as once a fortnight, to discuss top- vantages were limited, who would gladly avail ics of interest connected with their schools, or themselves of the privilege, were it offered them, the best plan of teaching, and mnch can be done, of pursuing their studies further. not only by way of gaining instruction pertaining! There are also many young men and women, to general principles, and of deciding intricate lads and misses, who are obliged to work for a or difficult cases, but also in inspiring an enthu- livelihood, who would gladly devote their evesiasm in their profession, a devotion to the work, nings to study and mental improvement, if it an earnestness in labor, which may not be other-'were possible.
To all these classes the evening school, - or, Lectures are held at the rooms of the associaas it is frequently called, the “Night School," — tion during the lecture season. offers great advantages.
All the benefits of the Association can be seWe are happy to state that Providence is not cured by the payment of one dollar per year. negligent in providing the means of instruction The reading-room is open to all, and young men, for these classes. For several winters past, eve-teachers, and others, from the country, are corning schools have been sustained at the expense dially invited to avail themselves while in the of the city, which have been open to all classes, city, of its advantages. We can assure the numerously attended, and remarkably success. teachers and friends of education from all parts
of the state that they will meet with a cordial Six such schools were opened for the coming reception and be heartily welcomed by Wm. C. winter, Oct. 18th, in different parts of the city, Mills, Esq., the gentlemanly librarian, and they which were immediately well Alled. One num can scarcely spend an hour to better advantage bered one hundred and seventy-six scholars the than in examining the files of papers, or the pesecond evening.
riodicals upon the tables of the Young Men's By this means instruction will be given to per-| Christian Association. haps one tuousand persons of those classes who need it, and deserve it, at least as much as any in the community.
Potter & Hammond's Commercial The benefits thus accruing to the community
Academy. by the increase of intelligence and therefore happiness, and the diminution of crime, will be in-1 The proprietors of this excellent educational calculable.
establishment are too well known to the comWe earnestly hope such schools will be estab-munity to need a word of commendation from lished in the various manufacturing villages of us. Their writing books are in general use Rhode Island the coming winter. There can be throughout our city and state, and the hundreds no better investment of funds either by the of young men who have graduated at their Acadtowns or by manufacturing firms and corpora
emy will bear full attestation to their ability and tions.
faithfulness in the special departments of instruction to which they devote themselves. Our ob
ject in alluding to this institution at the present Providence Young Men's Christian
time is to recommend to all young men of whatAssociation.
ever class, and whatever aims in life, to acquire This institution, whose rooms are at 56 Wey
Ja thorough knowledge of book-keeping in all its bosset street, was organized five years ago, and
branches. This matter has been too much unhas been in most successful operation since. It
der-rated by educational men. Every teacher has one of the most pleasant and well appointed
should thoroughly understand book-keeping as a Reading Rooms to be found in the city. Several
necessary preliminary to the successful teaching hundred daily and weekly papers are upon its
of arithmetic. files, and nearly all the leading pictorials, monthlies, and quarterlies upon its tables. It has also R. I. STATE NORMAL SCHOOL. — The next a well-assorted Library of the choicest selection, term of this institution will commence on Nov. containing over two thousand volumes.
30th. The school is now in successful operation The Literary Circle connected with the Asso-at Bristol, and presents rare inducements to those ciation hold meetings through the winter season who intend to teach. The location is pleasant, once in two weeks, at which the discussions, and the tuition free, and instructors of the highest essays attract a large and respectable audience. 'order.
its reception. It is not too late for the next
year; and it is hoped it will stimulate many The leading article in this number, which will teachers and scholars to engage in the delight be recognized as from the pen of Rev. T. H. ful work of making the grounds around our Vail, D. D., is worthy the careful reading of all. I school houses attractive and beautiful. In some Only those who are familiar with the Latin and cases it will be necessary to begin so far back, as Greek languages can well understand their val- the attempt to obtain grounds, to ereet fences ue. Nor is their importance confined to the top-l around them, and plant shade trees. When this ics presnted in the article above-mentioned. I is done, then may the refining process be made The teacher of English grammar is immensely to embrace “flowering plants and shrubs." benefited by a knowledge of these languages. It is impossible to understand fully the structure
PROVIDENCE, Jan. 5, 1858. and power of our language without at least a J. KINGSBURY, Supt. Public Schools: knowledge of the structure of the Latin. It is! Dear Sir,-- Fearing that you have not receiva miserable theory that discards all study of the ed as many friendly suggestions in regard to ancient classics because they are not practical.
your new office, and the mode of administering its duties as you most ardently desire, I beg to
add one more, which, like all the rest, is of the OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT.
It is to interest the teachers and children Lectures
throughout the state in the cultivation of flower
ing plants and shrubs, especially around their OFFICE OF THE COM. OF PUB. SCHOOLS. I
school houses. You would find little difficulty October 14, 1858.
in procuring seeds for distribution, (perhaps as The season most favorable for Lectures having arrived, school committees and other friends prizes or rewards) from the members of our conof education are hereby reminded that in accord
gressional delegation at Washington and from ance with legislative enactments, lecturers can
individuals here. Importance might be given to be furnished for various places in the state. It
the measure by procuring from the general asis expected that the most central and populous
sembly a law making it penal to pluck filowers parts of towns will be selected for this purpose,
from plants or to cut or destroy flowering plants and that all local expenses of hall and lighting, sro
d lighting growing around school houses, (churches, town and entertainment of lecturer, whenever such
houses, or in burial grounds.) shall be necessary, shall be defrayed by places The love of the beautiful in nature is a plant where the lecture is given. The remuneration that grows readily in almost every soil and with of the lecturer will be taken from the fund fur- little cultivation. The connection between that nished by the state. The undersigned will be and the love of the true and the good, I believe pleased to make arrangements for lecturers, at to be more intimate than is generally supposed, such places and at such times, as shall be most and I have said and will repeat it here, as my beadvantageous to the cause of our public schools, lief, that when our private dwellings, our school and at the same time, compatible with the cir- houses and all our public buildings, and our cumstances of those who are to render this ser- cities of silence, shall be surrounded and filled vice.
with flowers, immorality of the grosser sort, will JOHN KINGSBURY, receive a great check. Excuse me for not troubCom. of Pub Schools. ling you at greater length, and believe me,
Very respectfully, The following letter, upon an important sub
Your servant, ject, ought to have been published at the time of
W. R. STAPLES.
10. What influence has currents upon climate
and navigation ? Questions for Written Examination
Percentage of correct answers, 93.6.
ENTERING CLASS. ~ SECTION 15.
1. What was the origin of the House of LanENTERING CLASS. - SECTION A..
caster ? English History.
2. Give some account of the translation of 1. Give an account of the battle of Agincourt. the Bible during the reign of Richard Second.
2. Give a brief account of siege of Orleans 3. Who were the Lollards ? and Joan d' Arc.
4. What was the origin of the War of the 3. Describe the war of the Roses.
Roses? How long did it last, and what battles 4. Name the Plantagenet kings in order, and did it include ? give their character.
6. What were the consequences of the battle 5. Give some account of the Star Chamber, of Bosworth? and the reign in which it was instituted. | 6. Who was the first king of the House of
6. What reign is called the Era of the Refor- Tudor, and what was his claim to the crown? mation ? and why?
17. Give a brlef account of Lady Jane Gray. 7. Name six of the distinguished men in 8. Give a brief account of Mary, Queen of Henry Eighth's reign.
Scots. 8. Give some actount of Queen Elizabeth's | 9. Mention some of the distinguished men of ministers.
the sixteenth century. 9. Give the leading circumstances in the life 10. Locate five places mentioned in English: of Mary, Queen of Scots.
History, and give their historical associations. 10. Give some account of the present trans- | Percentage of correct answers, 91.4. lation of the Bible.
Physical Geography. Percentage of correct answers, 94.1.
1. What are the points of resemblance te. Physical Geography
tween the two continents ?
2. Describe the foundations of Coralline lge 1. Describe the general outlines of the East
lands. Where are they found? ern and Western continents.
3. Describe the grand central mountain syg. 2. Give an account of the formation of Coral- | tem of Europe and Asia. line Islands.
4. Where is the plateau of North America ? 3. Name the six mountain Systems of Amer 6. In what direction does the plain of the ica.
Eastern Continent extend ? 4. Describe the grand central mountain Sys- 6. What is the difference in the character of tem of Europe and Asia.
the eruptions ? 5. Give the extent of the Plains of the East- 7. What is the theory of the cause of volcaern and Western Continents.
noes and earthquakes ? 6. Explain the principle of Artesian Wells. 18. What resemblance is there between the bed
7. Describe the four systems of Oceanic Riv. of the ocean and the surface of the land ? ers.
9. Mention some of the causes of ocean cur8. Explain the generally adopted theory of|rents. currents.
10. What is the influence of currents upon 9. Give the different parts of the great sys- the temperature of different countries ? tem of constant currents.
Percentage of correct answers, 90.
OUR BOOK TABLE. the use of the large and complete Lexicon of Dr.
Andrews. The Common SCHOOL ARITHMETIC: A Practi- The work of Messrs. Crooks and Schem is de.
cal Treatise on the Science of Numbers. By signed to supply the scholar in the academy and Dana P. Colburn, Principal of the Rhode Is
the college with a Lexicon sufficiently full for his land State Normal School, and author of various mathematical works. H. Cowperthwait
use, and yet free from so much cumbrous matter & Co., Philadelphia.
as is found in Andrews' Lexicon, which, altho' From a somewhat careful examination of this exceedingly valuable to the teacher and profound book we are prepared to pronounce it a work of philologist, is entirely superfluous for the scholrare merit. It is thoroughly inductive in its
ar method, and presents, analyzes, and applies This work omits the writers who come after each principle in a manner at once complete and the Silver Age of Latin literature; especially perspicuous.
the Latin of the Church Fathers, and of the MidThe order of subjects is more in accordance
dle Ages; the writers upon some technical subwith our own ideas than in any book we have jects, such as m
jects, such as medicine, architecture, agriculture, seen. We like the plan of treating compound
&c.; and all such writers as Martial and Petronumbers in connection with the “Simple Rules." ( nius Arb
les , nius Arbiter. Its scope embraces nearly all the
writers of the Golden and Silver Ages of Roman The same may be said of treating decimal fractions in connection with common or “vulgar"
literature, and the words of Justinus Gellius, fractions. The treatment of interest and prob
and Eutropius of later times. It also rejects the lems pertaining to business life is unusually full
superfluous portions of citations and translates and practical. The insertion of so large a num
examples where a peculiar use of the words oeber of business problems and specimen forms of
curs. The etymology of words, a feature of rery
givena accounts, notes, bills, &c., will give the book a great interest and value, is carefully value altogether greater than most text-books
Proper names are noticed and briefly defined. e pon this subject. The number of examples and
The logical arrangement is entirely satisfactoproblems under each principle is greater than in ry. The typography is all that could be desired.
As far as the daily use of the work in the most arithmetics.
school-room for the last month will allow us to But the great feature of the book, in our esti
judge, it appears to be well adapted to the por. mation, is the logical, inductive method of de
pose for which it is intended. It seems to em. reloping each subject, - not giving arbitrary,
brace all that is necessary and to be sufficiently technical rules, but first the illustration, then
full and explicit upon topics treated. We have the solution with the principle involved, then the
found only one omission, that of the word dissid examples and problems.
ium. We hope it will meet with the faror it de
serves, A NEW LATIN-ENGLISH SCHOOL LEXICOX, on the basis of the Latin-German Lexicon of Dr. C. F. Ingerslev. By G. R. Crooks, D. D., and
The SINGER'S MANUAL. - By W. Williams, A. S. Schem, A. M., of Dickinson College. J.
author of the "Gloria in Excelsis," "The B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia. 1858.
Song Wreath,” Oratorio of “Our Saviour,“
&c., &c. Shepard, Clark & Brown, Boston. There is a long step between the vocabulary
1858. appended to elementary Latin readers and An
This new musical work consists of four parts, drews Latin Lexicon. The use of a mere vocab
is follows: ulary after perhaps the Latin reader, is attended
Part 1. A complete elementary treatise on with serious disadvantages, and should never be
music. allowed. But it is too long a step for a young! Part 2. Glees and part songs, scholar to pass from the vocabulary directly to! Part 3. Church music.