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There has been some shifting around among the notables : Superintendent L. H. Jones of Cleveland, Ohio, who has an uninterrupted career as one of the educational stalwarts, has been forced to resign. Benjamin Andrews is now the president of the University of Nebraska, and Mr. Cooley, who was elected a year ago to succeed Colonel Parker, but who was not able to take the place on account of a contract as principal of a suburban school, is now superintendent of the City of Chicago. Arnold J. Tompkins, the author of the “ Philosophy of Teaching,"- a good book,- and the “Philosophy of School Management,”- a poor book,- is now principal of the Cook County Normal. Henry Wade Rogers goes from the Northwestern University to Boston to succeed the late E. J. Phelps as head of the Harvard Law School. Charles H. Thurber, who made such a success as the editor of “School Review," has become associated with Ginn & Co., publishers.
The National Educational Association at Charleston passed a resolution requesting that the power of the Bureau of Education, Washington, D. C., be extended and improved. We are glad of it. We hope the time will not be far distant when the United States department of education will be as far reaching in its power and usefulness as the postoffice department; when there will be a national course of study, a national system of accrediting teachers and fixing tenure of positions.
The day for the opening of the district school is near at hand. Trustees, see that the schoolhouse is in order. Have the janitor furnish clean, fresh water. Let the springs, or wells, or brooks be examined. Have the doors, windows, and fences repaired. See that the book cases are dusted. The teacher should call on the trustees and let them know the needs of the school. The trustee is usually a busy man, and an unsalaried official, and your help at the start may assist you later on.
* * * The very valuable article on “Rural School Architecture,” by Professor T. L. Heaton, of the University of California, printed in July number of this journal, has been revised, several plans added, and printed in monograph form. Any trustee desiring a copy of these excellent suggestions, will be furnished it free. Address, Professor T. L. Heaton, Berkeley, Cal.
There is at the opening of schools, in this year of our Lord, 1900, an impetus to strong, healthy, wholesome work. A thousand graduates of the universities are in the schools. New courses of study that make subjects, not the text book, the basis of work, have been introduced. Merit, and not political pull, seems to have prevailed in many places in the selection of teachers.
D. C. Heath & Company have issued in that it has the following advantages of Heath's Modern Language Series "Ein other arithmetics: An unusually large and Kampf un Rom,': by Felix Dahn, and Ben- varied collection of problems, both mental edix's “Nein,” and Gautier's “Jettatura,” | and written, provide the practice necessary
to illustrate each principle, and develop D. Appleton & Company have issued Fred
habits of rapidity and accuracy in arithmeerick A. Ober's “ The Storied West Indies
tical work. In every respect the book proin Appleton's Home Reading Books, the vides the latest and best methods of teachseries edited by Wm. T. Harris. This is an excellent information book, and has literary in a natural order and by easy steps ; the
ing arithmetic; the subjects are developed value. Price, 75 cents.
treatment is inducive without being tedious; The American Book Company has issued the explanations are simple and clear; useHow to Recite," a school speaker by F. less subjects and unnecessary details are Townsend Southwick. Price $1.00. The omitted; and, lastly, the pupil is encouraged book is the outcome of practical experience to frame necessary rules and definitions in in the classroom and will, we feel sure, prove his own language. Price, 65 cents. very successful wherever it is used.
Ralph S. Tarr, of Cornell University, and The American Book Company have recent. Frank M. McMurry, of the Teachers' Colly issued in the Eclectic School Readings lege, New York, have prepared the second “ Alice's Visit to the Hawaiian Islands." book in the series of the Tarr & McMurry's This is a most interesting book for supple- Geographies. The series is published by the mentary reading, and should be in the Macmillan Company, E. F. Goodyear, agent, hands of all children of the fifth and sixth 324 Sansome Street, San Francisco. This grades as a supplementary reader.
series of geographies is in a convenient
shape. Instead of the broad and flat book “Advanced Elementary Science” is a new volume in the International Educational
of the old-fashioned kind, it is published in Series by Edward Gardner Howe.
the regular form of other text-books. The
This book takes up the study of the stars and
authors have approached the difficulties of
geography in a new way, and the book treats earth, plants, animals, fruits, and various other kindred subjects in a scientific man
of physiography in its human relationships. ner. Price, $1.50.
The maps have the beautiful half-tone finish
and the absence of unnecessary detail that The Open Court Publishing Company, characterizes the maps in Harr Wagner's Chicago, Ill., issued “A Brief History of New Pacific School Geography. The illus. Mathematics," a translation of Dr. Karl trations are made from recent photographs. Fipk's Book. It contains full index with Every teacher should add the Tarr & Mcbiographical notes, 333 pages. Price, $ 1.50. Murry Geographies to their list of usable This will prove an invaluable work for text books. teachers of arithmetic.
G. P. Putnam's Sons have issued "Alex. Edward S. Holden, formerly president of
ander the Great," the merging of the East the University of California, and later di
and the West in universal history, by Benrector of the Lick Observatory, has issued
jamin Ide Wheeler, President of the Uni. for D. Appleton & Co., the “Stories of
versity of California President Wheeler Great Astronomers," conversations with a dedicates this book as follows: "To my child. This is a very interesting book and Teacher, Jeramiah Lewis Diman.” The is edited by W. T. Harris for Appleton's
author begins with the parents and the Home Reading Series.
home of Alexander, his boyhood and eleA. R. Hornbrook, well known as an author mentary education, the higher education, of arithmetic, has recently issued through then enters into a consideration of old the American Book Company a “Grammar Greece, its political and social system. He School Arithmetic.” The publishers claim has a series of chapters on the Persian Empire and the carrying of the war into Asia. saying, instead of merely repeating certain He treats in separate chapters the battles, words
by rote. incidents, and results of Alexander in the
Mr. Wagner has incorporated a number of
original ideas in the plan of his book, but various countries of Asia, and closes with
they are all good ones. He has done away the death of Alexander. It is a humane with the confusing amount of detail that document. Every page sparkles with the
cumbers the map work of the ordinary geogoriginality and interpretation of President
raphy, though dispensing with nothing
which is of real importance to the pupil. Wheeler. There is no evidence that the
The maps thus cleared, and beautifully author is a student of histories, but there tinted, are impressed upon the memory is evidence that he is first of all a student almost without effort, and are helps instead of Alexander and his environments. He
of hindrances to the pupil's advancement.
While especial prominence is naturally went to the sources of history and put upon given in this work to the geography of Washthem his own interpretation,
ington and the New Pacific, a great amount
of definite and valuable informationis given Oliver P. Jenkins of Stanford University concerning all the other parts of the world, and Vernon L. Kellogg have prepared a
thus making it an excellent reference book valuable text-book on “ Nature Study” (San
for general reading. In addition to this,
the "suggestions to teachers" as to field Francisco, Whitaker & Ray, 191 pp., cloth, work, pictures, maps, structural geography price, $1.00), which is accurate in every
and nature study are of special value, and if detail - a rare quality in pature study
intelligently followed out, cannot but lead
to most excellent results. books -scientific in its treatment of every
Animportant and extremely pleasing featbranch of the subject, and good literature ure of the book is its illustrations, all made in every paragraph. Professor Jenkins is a from photographs and so varied and well master in his science as almost no other
chosen, and so satisfactory in subject, artis
tic treatment and mechanical execution, as man in the country is, and he is at the
to prove interesting even to “grown-ups " same time in as close touch with the needs who have left school days far behind of teachers and pupils as any public school
The New Pacific Geography is designed man I know. The scope of the book is for use in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades much beyond the general idea of nature
of the public schools, and while comprehen
sive in scope, aims first of all to make the study, since it treats of physics, chemistry, pupil thoroughly familiar with his own meteorology, and astronomy, as well as of environment. The soil, climate, geographplants and animals. The illustrations are
ical formation, flora, fauna and industrial
features of his own state are to be studied always helpful and often beautiful.– New
first, and then, in natural progression from England Journal of Education.
that part to the whole, comes similar study of the world itself. The idea of the book is
most excellent, and so is the manner in The New Pacific School Geography. which it has been carried out.-San Fran
cisco Examiner. San Franciscans are ahead in competitions where the possession of brains is necessary to success. One-seventh of all the
$100 Reward, $100 Reward. prizes offered for "Black Cat" stories by the Shortstory Publishing Company of Bos- The readers of this paper will be pleased ton, were won by residents of this city, and to learn that there is at least one dreaded now Harr Wagner has distanced all other disease that science has been able to cure in competitors in the Washington school-book all stages, and that is Catarrh. Hall's Cacontest, with the result that the geography tarrh cure is the only positive cure now of which he is the author bas been officially known to the medical fraternity. Catarrh adopted as a state text-book. That Mr. being a constitutional disease, requires a Wagner bas solved the problem of how to constitutional treatment. Hall's Catarrh make necessary study both attractive and Cure is taken internally, acting directly interesting, is fully proven by all his work upon the blood and mucous surfaces of the along educational lines, and his geography system, thereby destroying the foundation merits the success that it has achieved. of the disease, and giving the patient The text is clear and concise, and presents strength by building up the constitution and the facts with which it deals in a way that assisting nature in doing its work. The procan scarcely fail to hold even the wandering prietors have so much faith in its curative attention of a usually indifferent pupil, and powers, that they offer one hundred dollars the questions which follow each lesson are for any case that it fails to cure. Send for such as to develop the mental powers of the list of testimonials. Address child, by making him think of what he is
F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo, O.
Educational Associations and Teachers' Institutes. EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. Marysville, November 1, 2, 3. F. S. Reager, The California Teachers' Association, San
President. Francisco, December 26, 27, 28, 1900. J. W.
MEETINGS. McClymonds, President; Mrs. M. M. Fitz
Biennial convention of County and City gerald, Secretary.
Superintendents, San José, August 28, at Northern California Teachers' Association, 10:30 o'clock A.M.
Western School News.
The school board of Berkeley has increased the salary of principals from $1,200 to $15,000.
Mr. A. L. Dornberger, of Weaverville, has been elected principal of the Redding schools.
Dr. Elmer E. Brown of the University of California spent his vacation at Shasta Springs.
Prof. D. V. S. Reid, formerly of the state normal at Weston, Oregon, has been elected principal of the Heppner schools.
J. M. Horton of Jacksonville, Oregon, has been elected principal of the Crescent City, Cal., high school.
B. F. Simcoe of San Diego has been elected assistant in manual training of the San Francisco school department.
O. F. Barth has been chosen principal of the Vacaville Grammar School, vice G. W. Weeks, who held the position last year.
Professor Ray has been elected principal, Professor Boke, vice-principal, and Miss Waters, assistant, of the Selma High School.
Professor U. G. Durfee, formerly of the Shasta County High School, has been elected principal of the Escondido High School.
W. A. Findley, ex-superiotendent of Madera County, has been elected a member of the County Board of Education of Sonoma County,
Osmer Abbott, principal of the Fresno High School last year, has been elected principal of the high school at Easton, Fresno County.
Superintendent W. C. Doub and wife are spending their vacation in San Francisco. Mr. Doub is preparing a publication on history and one on geography for teachers.
The trustees of St. Helena have decided to build a $24,000 schoolhouse. The building will be of stone. Principal Cave reports a most successful year.
Miss Marion Hill of the San Francisco School Department has recently attained a distinct literary success by a series of school articles in McClure's magazine.
The Livermore trustees have decided to grant a year's leave of absence, on request, to teachers in the Livermore schools who desire to study.
Miss Helen Swett, daughter of Hon. John Swett, a graduate of Stanford, '00, has been elected a teacher in the high school of Alameda.
Lena Gansner has been elected a member of the County Board of Education of Plumas County. Miss Gansner was trained at Mills College, and is a bright and an accomplished young lady.
Professor Rogers, who was elected as a teacher of Spanish in Redlands High School, has resigned the position and accepted a position offered him by General Wood in Cuba at a salary of $4,000.
Mr. Houston, formerly principal of the Piedmont School, Oakland, and who felt his misfortune very keenly when he was dropped by the Oakland Board of Education, has retuined from the Klondike with a fortune.
S. F. Board of Education has formed rules which require principals of schools of less than seven classes to teach a class, and principals of other schools must teach two periods a day, and report on the same. Principals must also take the class of an absent teacher, unless the absence is for more than five days.
F. E. Perham,formerly city superintendent | versity with the people. The attendance at of Santa Ana, and also of Berkeley, recently the university during the past year has more principal of the Stockton High School, has than doubled. He is in constant demand as been elected superintendent of San Bernar- a lecturer on educational topics from Victoria dino City at a salary of $1,800 per year.
to Siskiyou and from Puget Sound to beyond
the Palouse. The summer school at Berkeley was a very great success; 432 students were registered. Eliza Horton Webb, a graduate of the San The attendance was largely made up of gram- Francisco Normal Class, and for some years mar grade and high school teachers. There a successful teacher in San Diego, is now was a deep interest in all the lectures. considered one of the leading teachers of
Greater New York. She has been promoted The Alameda city schools have introduced
three times during the past two years. She manual training and have also completed ar
went to New York without any personal acrangements for the transportation of pupils
quaintance in the city, and won her way by to certain schools by the conveyances under
pluck, perseverance, natural ability, and the control of the Board of Trustees.
some knowledge gained by a course in educaSuperintendent J.F. Nowlin, of Pendleton, tion from first grade to graduation from the Oregon, has been re-elected Superintendent San Francisco High School and San Franof Schools for the third time. He has cisco Normal. brought the schools of his county into prom- The trustees of Paso Robles school district idence by his progressive administration. have published the following announcement: Superintendent J. H. Strine, of Los Ange
“It is the intention of the trustees of the les, called a meeting of the superintendents
school to establish a library consisting of of Southern California, to meet on Monday,
state text books, from which to furnish books August 6th, in order to consider the problems to all the children attending the school, in in connection with the administration of
exchange for books that have been used that schools in Southern California.
are in good condition, excepting arithmetics
and geographies. The trustees ask that all R. H. Van Horn, who was principal of the pupils will bring their books on the first day Vacaville High School for three years, has of the coming term of school, at which time been elected principal of the San Rafael the free library will be established and a High School. He was one of the registered system arranged. All books presented for students at the Summer School, University exchange should be carefully covered and in of California.
reasonably good condition for use during the
ensuing school year.” Professor David Barrows, of the State Normal School of San Diego, has been ap- cided that he would take the public into his
Superintendent Davidson of San Diego depointed to an administrative position in the Philippine Islands. He will be associated
confidence in reference to a course of study.
The Mother's Club, the Citizens' Committee with Superintendent Atkinson in the conduct of the public schools.
and several other associations took part in
the work. Senator Withington was chair. President E. T. Pierce, of the Los Angeles man. The report opposed state text-books, State Normal School, has selected two most asked for less written work, more vocal readexcellent teachers for the Domestic Science ing in the upper grades, reading from the
Scripture based on literary merit, music and Department. This department will be in
drawing by specialists, more oral arithmetic augurated at the opening of the Normal, and and spelling, no regular homework, no diswill be equipped with the most modern ap- section of animals or insects, and the study of pliances.
the physiology of sexes as related to health
and morals. Professor Alex B. Coffey, head of the Department of Pedagogy of the University of
Professor McElroy of the University of Washington, is in California for a brief Oregon, who attended the meeting at Charlesvacation. Professor Coffey has been most
ton, writes to his home paper that the closing
meeting had an audience of over ten thoussuccessful in his work in Washington. His and people. The major part of this audience work has done much to popularize the uni. was composed of the citizens of Charleston.