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RACINE COLLEGE.-The corner-stone of the new college building at Racine, will be laid July 4th, 1857, accompanied with appropriate exercises.
New SCHOOL BUILDING.-A new public school. house is being erected in the village of Palmyra, in this State, which will reflect much credit, on the citizens of that place. Mr. A. J. CRAIG, an earnest friend of education, superintends its erection.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS. A convention of teachers and friends of education is called, to be held at Philadelphia on the 26th of August next, for the purpose of organizing a National Association of Teachers.
BACK NUMBERS.—Subscribers to the first volume, who may have failed to receive any of the numbers of the JOURNAL, can be supplied with the missing numbers, by giving notice to this office.
FIRST VOLUME. -We can supply bound copies of the first volume of the WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIon to all who desire to obtain it; any person ordering it, and accompanying the order with $1.25, will have the bound volume of the JOURNAL sent to him by mail, with the postage pre-paid by us. Teachers, school-officers, and others, who have failed to preserve the numbers comprising the first volume, would do well to avail themselves of this offer of the bound volume.
N. Y. STATE TEACHERS' Association.—The twelfth annual meeting of this Association will be held at Binghampton, on the 28th, 29th and 30th days of July, 1857. The meeting is expected to be one of more than usual interest. The Directors of the N. Y. and Erie Railroad have given assuránce of reduced fare to those attending the meeting; other railroads are expected to do the same.
MADISON SCHOOLS.—The new buildings are slowly progressing. We hope another year will find them completed.
KENOSHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS.—If any teacher has the time, we would advise him to go to Kenosha and spend a day in the schools. Messrs. McKIND-LEY, BUTLER, and Stone, are hard at work there. The ladies are Mrs. STONE, Kisses Briggs, WAIPPLE, Joaxsox, SPENCE, Hawks, HEAD, O'Neil, and RALE. They are wide awake. Success to them.
RACINE.—The Free-will Baptist Church has been purchased by the Board: of Education, and fitted up for school purposes.
FOUR TH ANNUAL MEETING
OP THE WISCONSIN STATE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION, AT WAUKESHA,:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 1857.
ORDER OF BUSINESS AND EXERCISES-10 O'CLOCK, A. N. 1.--Prayer, followed by reading the Report of last Annual Meeting. 2.-Address by the President.
3.- Report of the Executive Committee.
H. W. COLLINS, 9.-Discussion of said Report.
10.-Address by Prof. J. B. Turner, of Illinois. Subject - "Wisdom and Knowlege, the Function of Books and of Teachers.”
THURSDAY SESSION. 11.-Miscellaneous business, Reports of Committees, &c. 12.—Report by J. B. Pradt, of Sheboygan. Subject - " Practical Instruc
tion in Christian Morality in Public Schools." 13.—Report by Mrs. B. F. Walker, of Racine. Subject — "Method in
Teaching." 14.-Discussion. Resolved, That in the education of the sexes, separate
schools are both desirable and necessary. 18.—Report by D. J. Holmes, of Sheboygan. Subject—"The best method of securing regular and punctual attendance at School.”
AFTERNOON SESSION. 16.—Miscellaneous business. 17.-Address by D. Y. Kilgore, of Madison. 18.—Discussion. Resolved, That the Legislature of this State ought to make
an Annual Appropriation for the support of Teachers' Institutes 19.—Report by A. A. Griffith, of Waukesha. Subject-" Reading." 20.-Report by G. McWhorter, of Milwaukee. Subject — "English Gram
21.-- Address by Hon. Horace Mann, President of Antioch College, Ohio.
22.-Miscellaneous business. 23.-Report by J. G. McMynn. Subject— “Arithmetic." 24.-Report by F. C. Pomeroy, of Milwaukee. 25.-Reports of Committees. 26.-Discussion of Reports. 27.-Miscellaneous business. Prof. S. N. Sweet will attend the Association, and take part in the exercises. By order of Executive Committee.
A. C. SPICER, President. A. A. GRIFFITH, Secretary.
We wish to call the attention of Teachers and School Officers to our advertising columns.
The advertisement of the Holbrook School Apparatus Company will be noticed. Those wishing information in regard to School Furniture, Ink Wells, or almost anything else relating to school houses, will do well to address Talcott & Sherwood, 194 Lake Street, Chicago, and we will assure them that they will receive a prompt, straightforward, gentlemanly reply. Messrs. Talcott & Sherwood are agents for the best apparatus, and those wishing to purchase, had better do so through them. Teachers visiting Chicago will always be welcome at 194 Lake street.
BARNARD'S AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION. We do not purpose saying at this time what we wish to say in regard to this publication. We do wish to urge every man who desires to see something of the length and width and depth of the subject of education, to become a subscriber, Subscribe for it to-day. See advertisement.
Colton's GEOGRAPHIES. These Geographies are among the best published. No expense has been spared to make them accurate, topographically and typographically. Geography is regarded as a science, and facts are given to illustrate principles. J. É. Colton & Company, 172 William street, New York.
PEABODY'S HISTORY. Here is another book that is recommended by those who have used it. Bem's chronological method is incorporated in the plan, and all who are acquainted with this method of Mnemonics, know that it is the best ever invented. The accomplished authoress has well done her work, we would say, after reading her history once.
See advertisement of Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., No. 115 Nassau Street, New York.
A. S. BARNES & Co., have published a new series of readers. We do not see how they can be surpassed, so far as the first three are concerned. We have not seen the rest of the series. We wish teachers would examine the first of this series. We have not yet tested it in the school room, but it seems to us to be good. This Company advertise Geographies, Mathematical works, School Histories, and Parker's Naturali Philosophy. Porter's Chemistry is not advertised, but it is a capital book. See advertisment for farther particulars.
TATE'S PHILOSOPHY. This work will secure attention from those that wish a good work on this subject. It has stood the test in England, and, we doubt not, it will become popular in the United States. It has rare merit. Published by Hickling, Swan, & Brewer, who are about publishing a new Dictionary of the English Language, and who also publish some of the best school books in the world, such as Hillard's Readers, First book of French Conversation, and Worcester's School Dictionaries. There are thousands who will hail the appearance of that new dictionary with joy. See advertisement, Hickling, Swan & Brewer, 131 Washington Street, Boston.
PHILLIPS, Sampson & Co., advertise Sargent's Readers again. The reputation of this series is established, and they are getting just what they deserve--a great sale. The same House advertise other books good enough, but “too numerous to mention."
Wood's BOTANICAL WORKS. These works have been used by almost all teachers of the science of Botany, and, so far as we know, all approve them. We have used them, and the teacher having this branch of study in charge, says, “I like it, upon the whole, better than any other with which I am acquainted. Address, Merriam, Joore & Co., Troy, N. Y.
THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL SERIES, published by Ivison & Phinney, is in part advertised this month. Sanders' Readers, Thompson's Arithmetics, &c., are known. throughout the United States, and, we believe, are as popular now as they have been heretofore. All their books possess merit. See advertisement.
We cannot call particular atteņtion to the advertisement of H. Cowperthwait & Co., but we think it will interest every teacher who will peruse it. Notice a new Geography.
McGUFFY'S NEW SERIES OF READERS. This is a new edition, revised and improved. The old series had an immense sale and we think the new will maintain the popularity of the old. The Readers now in use in this State are Sanders', McGuffy's, Sargents, Webb's and the “National Series.” There may be others used to some extent. Most of these are advertised by us, and those wishing to adopt a series can obtain all necessary information by looking over our advertising list.
WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.
TO THE TEACHERS OF THE UNITED STATES.
The eminent success which has attended the establishment and operations of the several State Teachers' Associations in this country, is the source of mutual congratulations among all friends of Popular Education. To the direct agency and the diffused influence of these Associations, more, perhaps than to any other cause, are due the manifest improvements of schools in all their relatons, the rapid intellectual and social elevation of teachers as a class, and the vast development of public interest in all that concerns the education of the young.
That the State Associations have already accomplished great good, and that they are destined to exert a still broader and more beneficent influence, no wise observer will deny.
Believing that what has been done for States by State Associations, may be done fo: the whole country by a National Association, we, the undersigned, invite our fellow teachers throughout the United States to assemble in Philadephia, on the 26th day of August next, for the purpose of organizing a NATIONAL TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.
We corcially extend this invitation to all practical teachers in the North, the South, the East and the West, who are willing to unite in a general effort to promote the educational welfare of our country, by concentrating the wisdom and power of numerous minds, and by distributing among all the accumulated experiences of all; who are ready to devote their energies and contribute of their means to advance the dignity, respectability and usefulness of their calling; and who, in fine, believe that the time has come when the teachers of the nation should gather into one great Educational Brotherhood.
As the permanent success of any Association depends very much upon the auspices of attending its establishment, and the character of the organic laws VOL. II.
it adopts, it is hoped that all parts of the Union will be largely represented at the inauguration of the proposed enterprise.
T. W. VALENTINE, Pres't. of N. Y. State Teachers' Assodation.
From the New York Teacher.
WHY ARE YOU
BY D. P. AUSTIN.
In the different professions, preparation of a scientific and thor«ugh character is requisite to both standing and success.
The lawyer must pass ģears in severe study, making himself familiar not only with the law, but also with the ancient languages before he is considered as properly prepared for his business.
The physician must go through a thorough course in study, arquainting himself not only with the theory and practice of medicine, but also with kindred sciences before he can be permitted to reap the benefit of his profession. On the other hand, the teacher may at once enter on his responsible calling, with only a doubtful knowledge of the first principles of education, and with neither genius nor application sufficient to rightly teach even that little.
It is true, the lawyer and the physician are often called upon to perform duties that require the highest knowledge and skill, but compared with those that press upon the teacher they are, after all, though more imposing, much less important. They are required to look at the present advantıge of the individual, while the teacher must look to the development and welfare of the community itself. They look inainly at temporal interests, while the teacher directs his efforts to the promotion of those interests which are to affect the soul throughout eternity.
And in the prosecution of his work, he is to toil as patiently and undergo as many trials as they, having always need of a steadfastness like that of the deep-rooted oak, and never failing in the exercise of that most manly of virtues.
These facts warrant the position that no person should enter upon the call