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THE

CONNECTICUT

COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF COMMON SCHOOLS.

VOLUME I.

HARTFORD:
PRINTED BY CASE, TIFFANY & Co., PEARL STREET.

1838-9.

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in 1839,

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110 37 Daily progress in knowledge, Abbott's Teacher, extract from,

73 7 Danbury, meetings in, Address to the People of Connecticut,

20-163 114 District system, modifications of necessary, at a French public school,

91 115 Dix, Hon. John A., report of on the education of teachers, Albany, education in,

23-35 Alms-house, N. York, school in,

43 Drawing in schools, An Act to provide for the better supervision of schools, 5 Dunn's Normal School Manual,

68-109 concerning schools, passed 1839,

183

E Annals of Education, 22

21 Early associations, American Education, by Rev. B. 0. Peers, 23

53 Edgeworth, Maria, extract from,

143 society, meeting of at Washington,

141 Education, right meaning of,

177 Appendix to report of Secretary of Board of Commissioners,

10 people's own work,

24-43-32-51 Associations, county, for the improvement of schools,

not confined to the school house,

23 town, 51-136.

53 teachers,

practical, 48-53

56 moral,

38 Atmosphere, lesson on,

recent publications on,

22 Air and breathing, school lesson on,

60
Examination of schools,

103
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of teachers, questions for,

12 Bible in schools, daily use of,

7 views of Fellenberg concerning,

13

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62 41 Family discipline, Blacksmith, learned, letter from, Board of Commissioners of Common schools, Act concerning, 5 Fairfield county,

46-72 members of, 6 Farmington, schools in,

98 duties of, 6 Fellenberg, views of,

13 report of for 1839, 153 Female education,

48 Books, School,

62 patriotism,

3 teachers for common schools, 9-17-34-49–104–105-167 variety of in 1838, 169 France, normal schools in,

98

98 benefit of to the great mass of the people, 100 Funds for common schools in Connecticui,

2-161 Borough-Road school, day at, Boston, free schools in,

43

G British and Foreign School Society, 42 Gallaudet, T. G., on teachers' seminaries,

81-82 Brooks, Charles, Lectures at Hartford,

41
Globes, cheap,

43 Butler, B. F., remarks at Washington, 149 Government of a school,

102-109 C Gradation of schools,

117-119 Churches and school houses, 70 Grammar, introductory lessons in,

55

35 60 Gravitation, school lecture on, Cincinnati, rules and regulations of common schools in,

87 17 Guizot, remarks on teachers, Circular of Secretary of Board, calling county conventions, to vice presidents, 33

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18 Classification of schools,

151
Hart, report on schools in Norwalk,

64 Common excuse for neglecting schools,

149
Hartford county, schools in,

47-64 Combe, George, remarks at Washington,

Health, instruction in, 1

114 Common schools, friends and patrons of, appeal to,

Hillhouse, James A. lecture by,

51
causes which have diminished the interest in,

2
Hints concerning small children,

11 in Connecticut, history of,

113 3 History, state of in 1838, Holland, school system of;

41 in N. London county in 1836, 3 primary normal school at Harlaem,

87 defects in 1838, condition of, in 1839, 162

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laws respecting,

25-31-183
Improvement in common schools beneficial to colleges,

19 in Norwalk,

72

needed,

22 Middletown, 63-74

in N. York,

13 Colebrook,

in South America,

22 113 Common school education should be practical,

every one interested in,

62 Common schools and religious societies,

how effected by lawyers,

142 55

9 Inquiries by Secretary of the Board, &c., Connecticut, improvement of education,

14 50 Infant schools, peculiar advantages of,

9 considerations connected with education in,

152

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State lyceum,
17-24-32-44-45 Journals of education, list of,

11-43 Conventions, school,

121
French, extracts from,

10-15-114 Cousin's Report, abridged,

85
129 Julius, Dr. on teachers' seminaries,
account of normal school at Potsdam,

at Lastardie,
132

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133
at Pyritz,

70 Kingsley, Prof., extracts from historical discourse by, Crayons,

56

151

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School committees,

158 Language, lesson on

61
School visiters or overseers,

ib. Law of love in school,

37
District committee,

159 Laws of Connecticut respecting schools,

25
Board of commissioners,

160 Lawyers, how they may doʻgood in schools,

142 Lectures to female teachers,

3. Character and degree of instruction,

ib. 43 Literary associations,

4. Support of schools,

ib.
10 II. Details of the condition of common schools.
men,

56
1. School sociсties,

162 Lessons, school,

35-60-61-147 Library, common school,

2. Districts,

ib. 43 Lying, lesson on,

163
147-170

3. Enumeration,
4. Attendance,

164 Library, common school,

116–119-149-170 Lyceums,

5. Non attendance at any school,

ib. 10–39 Litchfield county, schools as they were in,

in cities,

ib. 71--72

manufacturing districts,

166
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6. Length of winter schools,

ib. Maine, education in,

151
7. Teachers,

167 Massachusetts Board of Education, report of for 1839,

8. Branches taught,

116
school library,
9. School books,

ib.
116
condition of schools in 1838, 116
10. School apparatus and libraries,

170
Common School Journal,

11. School registers,

171 43-51-56 Mann, Hon. Horace, report of for 1839,

*12. Rules and regulations for school societies and

116 on school houses,

ib. 142

districts, 13. School houses,

ib. Manual labor school, Worcester,

14. Common schools of a higher order, 43

172 Maps, outline,

15. Private schools,

38 Men of letters,

III. Principal wants of the system.

57 Marcy, Governor, message of respecting normal schools,

95

1. A more generous and general public interest, 173 Michigan, school houses in,

2. A revision of the school law, 57

ib. 3. Provision for the training of teachers,

174
primary school law of,

59
teacher's seminaries proposed,
64 Appendix,

177 Middletown, schools in,

63–74

S Middlesex county, 44–63—120 Sabbath schools and common schools,

19 Model school, 43—117 School books,

49
Music, elements of,
108 Schools, implements for,

70
in common schools,
15-39—23–43—55—169 School houses, plans for,

14—36–67—105
and drawing,

23
in Michigan,

57 Mutual instruction,

141
by Hon. Horace Mann,

142–145
in New York,

106-107 N

in Connecticut,

167 Nantucket, improvement of schools in,

116
seats and desks in,

22-34 New Haven colony, early legislation of, respecting schools, 50 School laws should be simple,

19
county,
46—74-120 School committees and visiters,

12–158
New London county,
44–64–120 School register,

117–171
New York, school improvement in,
13 Self culture,

40
common school system,
75 Scotland, school system of,

89
education of teachers in,
77–91 Sigos in schools,

38
Newspapers capable of rendering great aid,
10—15 Seward, Governor, extract from message of,

80
Normal schools, or teacher's seminaries, history of,
83 Slates,

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in Prussia,
85 Smith, Dr., on writing desks,

23
France,
86 Story, Judge, reinarks at Washington,

14
Holland,
87 Stowe, Prof. report of,

138,42
Scotland,
89 Stamford,

73
Massachusetts,

96 Norton, J. T., report on schools in Farmington by,

16

T Numeration, lesson in, 41 Taylor, J. O., remarks at Washington,

111
Teach something always,

53
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Teachers, education of,

21-69 Ohio, superintendent of common schools in,

118
how they may be instructed,

20 condition of

118-119
labors of,

37
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female,

9–17–34–49-104–105-167

office of, Pennsylvania, Gov. Porter's inaugural, 80

109

Teachers' seminaries, history of, Pestalozzi, opinion of, 150

83 Premium for best essay on a system of common school education, 151

Dr. Channing's opinion of,

:: 91

De Witt Clinton's Prussia, common school system of, 121

91 seminaries for teachers in,

85–123–125
Lord Brougham's

52

Rantoul's Prove all things, &c., 150

21 Wyse's

52 Protestant Episcopal Church and education,

23

in Prussia,

85–123-125-129–140 Q

in France, Holland, 86–89—87-91-95—96 Questions for the examination of teachers by school committees,

104-105-174 12

proposed for Connecticut, Tolland county,

45—75 R

U Returns to be made by school visiters, 63 Universal suffrage,

56 time for making altered,

97 Union schools, Report to be made by school visiters,

48 of the joint select committee in 1838,

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V of the Board of Commissioners of Common Schools, 153 Ventilation of school houses,

14-23-142–147 OF THE SECRETARY, 155 Virginia, education in,

80 Common School Journal,

ib. School conventions,

ib.

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Associations for improvement of schools,
156 | Waldenses, education among,

112
I. General view of the system of common schools.
Warming school houses,

142
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15€ Writing,

54
2 School societies and superintendence, 157 Wyse on teachers,

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PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF COMMON SCHOOLS.

Vol. I.]

HARTFORD, AUGUST, 1, 1838.

[No. 1.

TO THE PUBLIC.

sion and the preceding one ;-individuals in public sta- The Board of Commissioners of Common Schools, at tions,-School Committees and Visiters,—the Clergy of its first meeting on the 14th of June, decided, that as an different denominations, and many others who take a deep important auxiliary in their efforts to accomplish the end interest in the cause of popular education. Unless our of their appointment, it was desirable that a periodical fellow citizens of this description will lend their aid, acdevoted to the great cause of popular education, should tively and efficiently, to promote the circulation of the be established under their direction; and authorized the Connecticut Common School Journal, those who have Secretary of the Board to do so as early as the necessary

undertaken to conduct it must fail of accomplishing the arrangements could be made. After some correspond- important object which it has in view. No periodical can ence, and personal communication with the friends of be started without personal exertion. Agents are often the cause, and relying on the ready and generous support employed for this purpose ; but here the interests at stake of the public, this first number of the Connecticut Com- affect so deeply the whole community, that it would seem mon School Journal is issued. Its leading object, as set as if all good citizens should be the agents. forth the Address of the Board to their fellow-citizens,

The press is powerful to an extent often beyond conwill be to promote the elevated character, the increasing ception. We can hardly estimate what may be done in prosperity, and the extensive usefulness of the Common this way in harmonizing the views of the community, and Schools of Connecticut. It will be employed in con

exciting to efficient action, with regard to the condition nection with the public prints, as an organ of communi- and prospects of our common schools. We want to talk cation between the Board and their Secretary, and the to each other all over the State, on the subject. We need public. It will contain the laws of the State in reference some medium of intercourse. We ought to have concen. to Common Schools.-It will assist School Committees

trated and brought out to view the sentiments and plans and School Visiters in discharge of their duties.-It will

of intclligont minds, and aspecially of practioal men,

How can all this be done except through an established help to form, encourage, and bring forward good teachers.

periodical? -It will furnish some matter adapted to the capacity of the children in our schools, and to their instruction and

Reader will you at once subscribe for the Journal ? rational entertainment.-It will be one means of ascer

The expense is triling; you will not feel it. Will you get

Will taining the real deficiences that may exist in the schools, your friends and neighbors to subscribe ? and of suggesting the suitable remedies.-It will aim to

a few extra copies, as your means may allow you to do, give information of what is doing in other States, and in for distribution among those, and especially teachers of other countries, with regard to popular education. It youth, who may feel as if they could not just now meet the will endeavor to excite and keep alive a spirit of efficient expense? What you do will all come back again in overand prudent action on the subject, and introduce upon its flowing measure upon yourself, your family, your children,

and all your dearest interests. pages from time to time such other topics as will subserve the promotion of this important end.

Second Report of the Joint Select Committee on Common In this, and every other effort which the Board may

Schools. make to increase the interest, and elevate the character of

GENERAL ASSEMBLY, May Session, 1838. our Common Schools, the Board would solicit the cordial

The Joint Select Committee on Common Schools beg co-operation of the public.

leave further to ReportIt will be issued for the present, monthly, at the moder- That as in their opinion the “act to provide for the ate charge of fifty cents, payable at the end of six months better supervision of Common Schools," which they refor the first year, and in advance for the following years.

commended in their former Report, and which received

the almost unanimous vote of both branches of the LeAll communications relating to the Journal, may be addressed to Henry Barnard, 2nd, Secretary of the Board gislature, will secure not only the specific object it has in

view, but lead, through the investigations and suggestions of Com. of Com. Sch., Hartford, post paid.

of the Board of Commissioners which it creates, to such

modifications of our present school system, as will be at To those who are ready to be the friends and patrons of once acceptable to the people, and efficient; they do not

propose to submit any other measure for the action of the Common Schools.

General Assembly at its present session. With all the This class, surely, will embrace all who have been mem-information which they have been able to collect or conbers of the State Legislature, and especially at its last ses- mand, and the patient consideration which they have

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