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PERKINS' MATHEMATICAL SERIES,

AN ELEMENTARY ARITHMETIC, Designed for Academies and Schools; also serving as an Introduction to the Higher Arithmetic.

BY GEORGE R. PERKINS, A. M. From the numerous commendations which this book The work bears the indubitable mark of having been has received, we select the following extract: scientifically larranged by a practical and yet deeply

"Numerous as are the School Arithmetics of the day, mathematical mind. From his familiarity with the and simple as the branch is, this work nevertheless abstruse branches of the science of quantity, and from possesses merits which are peculiarly its own. Among his adepiness in the art of instruction, Mr. Perkins was these merits we would enumerate his logical method of admirably fitted for the present task. He bas silently treating Decimal Fractions, before introducing the sub- lopped off extraneous and useless matter, corrected ject of Federal Money; and also, the adoption of Mr. the expression of rules, and adapted his examples to Horner's excellent rule for the extraction of the Cube the rule in such a form, that the pupil comprehends Root. In addition, however, to these obvious improve with clearness, and retains with great facility all time ments, there is another excellence which is unique.- mysteries of this complicated science."

HIGHER ARITHMETIC, Designed for Common and High Schools, Academies and Colleges, in which some entirely new principles are developed, and many concise and easy rules given which have never before ap

peared in any arithmetic. By GEORGE R. PERKINS, A. M. This work has been before the public for three years, I of October, wbich will be especially adapted to the and received the unqualified approbation of nearly wants of the higher classes in common schools, and is every mathematical leacher or professor, editor or style of execution second to no school-book ever pa superintendent, in whose hands it has been placed. A lished. new and improved edition will be issued adout the Isti

COMMON SCHOOL ALGEBRA. gWe have in course of preparation, and shall publish the same author. designed expressly for the use of se early next spring, an elementary work on Algebra, by mon schools, or for beginners.

A TREATISE ON ALGEBRA. Embracing besides the elementary principles, all the higher parts usually taught in Colleges; en

taining, moreover, the new method of Cubic and Higher Equations, as well as the developest and application of the more recently discovered Theorem of Sturm. By Geo. R. PERKINS, A.V. This book is well known and highly approved, being to have an opportunity of presenting copies of the abor. used in Union and Geneva Colleges, as well as in most to teachers or superintendents who may wish to ena other leading schools. The Publishers are always happy live them with reference to their introduction. Utica, August, 1844.

BENNET, BACKUS & HAWLEY, Publishers.

PHILOSOPHICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PENMANSHIP.
A System of Twelve Books, in Three Parts.

PUBLISHED BY
APOLLOS W. HARRISON,

8! South-Seventh-St., Philadelphia. The object of this system is to furnish to Common

THE PRIMARY PART or District school teachers, the means of accomplish- Is for beginners, and is peculiarly adapted to their ing all with their pupils in the art that the best writ- youthful capacities. The lessons are so arranged that ing masters can.

short, long, and capital letters are classed and prac This it is believed will be fully realized on trial, tised first, according to similarity of formation ; then, and at a less cost for books, than for the use of blank alphabetically in single letters and words, so as to fix writing books. It has been ascertained by careful the form of each leiter in the pupil's mind. Each analysis, that Root's Writing Books, average four lesson is alternated with exercises, to give facility of times as much writing for the pupil

, as the same action to the muscles, and establish the correct man. number of blank books; and as the cost for each ner of holding the hand and pen. number is but a trifle more than for blank books, THE INTERMEDIATE PART, they must be much the cheapest, at least by more Though a proper successor to the primary, may be than one-half. Besides there is a great saving of time used as a commencement by pupils somewhat advancto the teacher, the copies being all set in a fac-simile ed, or for self-instruction. It will produce a practical of the beautiful hand of the author.

business style. It comprises as exercises, single small PLAN AND USE OF THE SYSTEM. letters, entire words, capital letters, alphabetical sen

The arrangement is such, as to enable teachers tences, and a series of bold exercises for acquiring who use them, to superintend, and rapidly advance great freedom and command of hand. very large classes with comparatively little labor,

THE FINAL PART Every exercise to be practised, and letter to be imi. Contains off-hand or whole arm exercises, capital tated, is fully and clearly explained in bold type upon letters, select sentences of one and two lines each, and the same page with the lesson. This, and the ready business transactions : such as Notes, Orders, Drafts, set copies, with cuts illustrating and exhibiting both Receipts, &c., and the ornamental branches of the the correct and false positions of the hand and pen, art, comprising Round Hand, German Text, Old enables any one of common capacity, who will read, English, &c. Each part although gradually progressthink, and exercise his own judgment, not only to ive, and designed to be used in regular succession, is teach himself, but become with the aid of these so planned as to make a complete series of itself, and books, a thorough, and successful teacher of practical may be used independently of the others. The whole writing. The whole plan is pleasing, interesting, and forining the most complete, philosophical, practical. effectual ; entirely new and original with the author. and economical system ever before publishod.

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thor. OLNEY'S INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY is a

THE PICTORIAL SPELLING-BOOK. By R. Bent. Beat, cheap and perspicuous work, for those who wish ley. Containing more than 160 beautiful cuts, well

OLNEY'S NATIONAL PRECEPTOR, 2 popular that the first book should be pleasing to children, will reading book for the middle classes in schools.

find this suited to their purpose; and it is not only COMSTOCK'S NATURAL PHILOSOPHY. The ra: attractive but excellent for teaching. In proportion to pid sale of this book bas rendered it necessary to obtain its cost, it is one of the cheapest school books puba new set of stereotype plates, and the author has ta- lished. ken occasion to revise it, and to embrace in it every thing useful which has been invented or brought for: Rev. T. H. Gallaudet and Rev. H. Hooker. This book

THE FAMILY AND SCHOOL DICTIONARY. By ward of late. The new matter

embraces the subjects does not contain the names of common objects, as chair of Water Wheels, Gunnery, Electrotype, showing the or book, neither does it contain words which young manner

of Gilding, Silvering, and making copper casts, persons have no occasion to use, but its object is to Morse's

Electro-Magnetic Telegraph, Horse-Power,&c. to every word. It fully sustains the reputation of Rev. It will be found precisely adapted to schools, and wor Mr. Gallaudet, as all will find who test its merits. thy of the general use it has heretofore maintained.

COOPER'S VIRGIL, with English Notes. In very COMSTÖCK'S PHYSIOLOGY has been recently in. troduced into many schools with great advantage, and i general use.

ROBINSON'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND, used in the is perhaps second in importance to no other school Rutgers' Female Institute and many other seminaries. book. ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, GEOLO.

It is the intention of the publishers, that in point of GY and MINERALOGY, by the same author, are well execution, durability, and price, the above books shall known as convenient and valuable text books.

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pected from works used promiscuously from different 1. THE LITTLE LEARNER, or Rudiments of Read- authors. ing. 18mo.

There has been a series of books, four in number, 2. THE YOUNG READER, 10 go with the Spelling prepared by Pierpont, wbich are admirably American Book. 19mo.

First Class Books. These books were compiled exclu. 3. INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL READER, sively for the public schools of Boston, (decidedly sua Selection of Easy leading Lessons. 12mo.

perior to any similar schools in the United States, and 4. THE NATIONAL READER; being a Selection of have been iúcreasing in popularity ever since, till about Exercises in Reading and Speaking. 12mo.

thirty editions of the older pumbers of the series have 6. THE AMERICAN FIRST CLASS BOOK. 12mo. been sold in this country, and they have secured equal

These five works compiled by the Rev. John Pierpont, popularity and circulation in England. The high lite compose a series which is undoubtedly more suitable rary character of their author, is a sofficient guarantee for the purposes for which they were designed, than thai neither thought nor word calculated to offend, or any previous publications. The last three of these vitiate taste, will be found in any of his pages--but on books are used exclusively in the Boston Public Scbools, the contrary much, very much tbat is calculated to at, and have been republished in England, in which coun- tract observation and engage the thoughts of children, try, the American First Class Book is considered supe. as descriptions of animals, scenes of external naturerior to their own classical reading books, and has, &c., out of school as well as in school. Children fur. Therefore, been extensively adopted in their Schools and nished with these books will eagerly anticipate the Academies.

reading exercise and often request the privilege of readFrom the Missouri Register, Boonville, Mo. ing'a second, alter having linished their accustomed PIERPONT'S READING BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS. lesson. I really hope these books will be introduced There is so great a variety of books in our schools, ence in the West as they have in the East, to improve

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and strengthen the best seel. The cheapest Spelling Book published in the United ings of the juvenile heart, in favor of our civil, social States.

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WEBSTER'S ELEMENTARY SPELLING BOON. This Spelling Book is almost universally used throughout the United States, the sale of a being about

ONE MILLION COPIES PER ANNUM.

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LANGUAGE COMPILED BY WM G. WEBSTER, SON OF THE LATE NOAH WEBSTER, L. LD. N. B. Any Teacher or School Committe wishing to for Schools. The common method of reqniring scholars adopt this Dictionary in their Schoo's, by ordering of to commit to memory all the words as they are alpha. the Publishers by mail from one to fifty copies, accord betically arranged, is a tedious misapplication of time, ing to the number of copies which they wish to furnish, tor there are more than thirty-six thousand words in a will be furnished in the first instance, gratuitously. dictionary, and if a scholar learn by rote thirty words

This book is intended to follow Webster's Elementa. ) in a day, and take a task of definitions every other day, Ty Spelling Book; it comprises as many words in gen. it will require more than eight years to go once through eral use, and their definitions, as it is necessary for a dictionary. scholars to commit

to memory, in order to obtain a The Elementary Dictionary is printed on good paper, correct knowledge of our language.

in large type, and well bound. The price is bat a lride More than three fourths of the words in our Diction. higher than the Spelling Book. aries ought to be omitted in a vocabulary of definitions There will be published on the first of January, 1845,

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DISTRICT SCHOOL JOURNAL,

OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK.

VOL. V.

ALBANY, NOVEMBER, 1844.

No. 8.

TERMS
POR THE ENLARO ED JOURNAL.

who owns or hires real property in such district,

subject to taxation for school purposes, is, withFor one copy, in all cases, (per annum,).... 60 cts. out any other qualification, entitled to vote upon " one hundred copies, each,

31 "

any question, at any school district meeting held Postmasters will forward silver.

in such district. This class includes all occuNOTICES.

pants of real estate taxable in the district, whether owners or tenants, and it is immaterial,

if the property which they occupy is taxable for ALBANY.

district Teachers' Drills will be held at New Salem, to and paid by the owner or occupant.

purposes, whether such tar is assessed for the town of New. Scotland, on the 12th of November ; at Bangall's, for Guilderland, on the owners or occupants of real estate, can vote

2. No other inhabitant of the district, except the 13th ; at Adams, for Bethlehem, on the 14th; at district meetings: unless they are voters at at the Hollow, for Coeymans, on the 15th ; town meetings, and unless in addition to this, and al Troy, for Watervliet, on the 16th.

they possess one or more of the following quali. The Teacher's Conventiont adjourned to meet

fications : at Albany on the 23d inst. at 10 A. M., when Dr. Potter, of Union college, will address them. such district, within one year preceding the time

1. Have paid a rate bill for teachers' wages in All who heard Dr. Potter's address on the 19th of offering their vote: or, ult., will make an effort lo secure the general

2. Have paid a district tax within two years: attendance of our teachers. In no way can the

or, day be so profitably and so pleasantly spent.

3. Own personal property liable to be taxed To the County Superintendents of Schools:

for school purposes in such district, exceeding GENTLEMEN-Many of you expressed a wish $50 in value, exclusive of such as is exempt in extending your inviiations to me, that my visit

from execution. could be delayed till after election, on acconnt

The owners or occupants of real property, of the violent political excitement which now taxable in the district for school purposes, may generally prevails. I cheerfully accord with vote at school district meetings, whether they are your wish. But as bad roads and inclement voters at town meetings and elections, or not : weather will quickly follow after the time speci: Provided only they are males of full age, and fied, I have thoughi it best to postpone further in the case of aliens,) entitled to hold lands in

this State. operations till the months of May or June next,

But these inhabitants, who are when we may reasonably look both for a pleasani neither the owners nor occupants, (and by occuseason for travelling, anl a more peaceful state pancy is, of course, to be understood, legal ocof the public mind. Ample notice will be given cupancy by tenancy, either for years or at will of the resumption of my tour, through the Jour. derived from the owner,) must, at all events, be nal.

voters at town meetings, and in addition to this, Oct. 10, 1844. THOS. H. PALMER.

in some way directly interested in the school, either by paying taxes for district porposes, (not

highway taxes,) or rate bills, or having persoOFFICIAL

nai property to the amount of $50 liable to

taxation for school purposes. STATE OF NEW.YORK-SECRETARY'S OFFICE.

Yours, &c.

S. YOUNG. QUALIFICATION OF VOTERS IN

NOTICE TO PUBLISHERS.
SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETINGS.

The Montgomery County Common School As

sociation has appointed a committee consisting Dear Sir :-In answer to yours of the 5th of J. R. Herrick, D. B. Hagar, F. P. Moutinst. respecting the qualifications of voters in ton, C. Patterson and C. E. Dubois, to select a school district meetings. I reply:

series of text books for the schools of said 1. Every male person, of fuil age, (21 years county, and report the same at the next annual or upwards) residing in any school district, and meeting of the association, which convenes in entitled to hold lands in this State, (including April next, at the village of Fonda. aliens not naturalized, but who have filed in the

Authors and publishers are requested to foroffice of the Secretary of State, a certificate of nish copies of such works as may be published their intention to become citizens, thereby enti- by them, directed to the care of the chairman of Uing themselves to take and hold real estate, the committee, al Mirraville, Mont. Co.

J. R. HERRICK, Chair. Com.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMON SOHOOLS.

DUTIES OF COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS. only as a due regard to the preservation and

general diffusion of the books require the in. No. II.

dispensable necessity of unity, harmony and

concert of action, to the accomplishment of the The officers, either separately or in conjunction beneficial results contemplated by the school with the respective Town Superintendents, are re- act—and more than all, the importance of a uniquired to "inguire into all matters relating to form manifestation of an enlightened interest in the government, course of instruction, books, behalf of elementary education, by every mem. studies, discipline and conduct of the schools, ber of the community :-these are considerations and the condition of the school-houses, and of which the County Superintendent should press the districts generally.". The faithful perform- upon the attention of officers and inhabitants of ance of this duty, in all its parts, is obviously districts, with an earnestness and an urgency essential, in order to enable the Superintendents commensurate with their value and importance. to possess themselves of an accurate and practi. The government and discipline of the schools, cal knowledge of existing evils or imperfections including the mode of teaching pursued, consti in every department of the school, and to apply tute an essential feature in their character and the appropriate remedy. They are then “ to ad- means of usefulness, and should be faithfully vise and counsel with the trustees and other offi. and thoroughly scrutinized. In the absence of cers of the district in relation to their duties, a systematic preparation of teachers, through particularly in relation to the erection of school the agency of a seminary expressly devoted to houses ; and to recommend to such trustees, and this purpose, the officers called upon to investi. the teachers employed by them, the proper stu- gate their qualifications can of necessity look dies, discipline and conduct of the schools, the no farther than their general moral character, course of instruction to be pursued, and the and intellectual attainments. They possess no books of elementary instruction to be used there. means of knowing their capability of commuin."

nicating instruction to others, even in those In the discharge of the important functions branches in which they are themselves most thus devolved upon them, they will naturally thoroughly conversant and familiar. They can. direct their attention in the first instance to the not penetrate behind the veil of that external general condition of the district-its organiza moral deportment which may nevertheless contion—territorial boundaries—taxable property- ceal deplorable inequalities of temper, unconnumber of children entitlcd to attend the school- geniality of spirit, with the vocation of the location and extent of its site for a school teacher, and a total want of affinity to the nature house,-the condition of its finances and the of youthful mind-a nature sure to be attracted mode of their administration—its resources and as the needle to the pole, towards the magnet of liabilities—its library--number of volumesma congenial mind. They must see the teacher average circulation and the character of the in his school-room--ascertain his practical quali. books--the existence of dissensions of any na. fications for the discharge of the duties which ture calculated to interrupt the harmony or af he has undertaken-his views of the science of fect the efficiency and prosperity of the school, education, and the practical result of those and the practica bility of their amicable adjust- views-bis mode of developing the intellectual ment-the interest manifested by the inhabitants faculties and cultivating the moral nature of his in reference to the affairs of the district gene. pupils, under the diversified manifestations of rally, and particularly in reference to the school- each, which are constantly presented to his no in short, all those elements which favorably or tice-his system of government and discipline, unfavorably affect the external interests of the and its effects; and they must critically observe, school and the district. The importance and ne. from time to time, the progress which, under cessity of such an arrangement of the territory his direction, his pupils have made-not in of the district as suitably to accommodate each knowledge merely-but in that sound mental and inhabitant with the necessary facilities for keep moral culture which forms and matures charac. ing his children in regular attendance at the ter. school, and at the same time secure a sufficient Under the vast impulse which has been given amount of taxable property to be able to meet, to the philosophy of the human mind during the without embarrassment or difficulty, the ordina: past half century, elementary education has as. ry expenditures for the support of the school, sumed the rank, and we may almost add the prethe building and repair of the school-house, &c., cision and certainty of a science. Its principles together with an adequate number of children to have been thoroughly investigated by the ablest keep up an efficient organization.-the advanta. and most profound minds; and all its details ges resulting from an ample ani if practicable, have been subjected to the test of practical à cultivated play ground-a neat and substan. analysis, under circumstances well adapted to tial school-house, constructed in reference to the the ascertainment of truth. The teacher, there. most appoved models, and furnished with the va. fore, who feels the dignity and importance of rious conveniences of every description which his profession, and honestly desires to discharge the physical or mental wants of the pupils re. his whole duty, has it in his power to familiar. quire-the value of such an administration of ize himself with the results of the experience the financial affairs of the district as shall pre of those who, in his own and other countries, clude the possibility of embarrassment in this have sought out and applied the best methods of respect, arising either from the neglect, dishon. instruction and discipline : and he owes it to esty or wanit of judgment of its officers-the in. himself as well as to his employers and the com. estimable benefits of a well selected library, munity, to attain and avail himself of this knowembracing works adapted to every grade of men. ledge to the utmost practicable extent. His systal improvement and every class of readers, and tem of instruction should be in accordance with rendered accessible to all, with such restrictions I the soundest principles of educational science

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