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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1866
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tion to the children, in their care and cultivation. Men do not think
of these things as they ought; but as a part of our improvement in
education, we expect women to be extensively employed in our primary
schools. The instincts of women take hold of and appreciate such
influences more readily than the colder impulses of the other sex.
Their humanizing sympathies, if allowed development, will eagerly
avail of all those accessories we have mentioned, to aid them in training
the hearts and minds of the pupils. Is any one so obtuse as nut to
recognize the fact that the teacher who places a rose or any other flower
on her desk every day, exercises a silent power for the development of
the good and the beautiful, which other teachers do not possess. Allow
our teachers, in the arrangement of their schools, to avail of all the
accessories we have hinted at, and the next generation will witness a
refinement of taste and manners, an improvement in morals, an eleva-
tion of thought and feeling in the every day life of society, the absence
of which in the American character is so painfully noticeable to
Thanks to the Editor for these genial sentiments. I am sure lie
must or will be a happy father in a pleasant home.
The reports from the Counties set forth most emphatically the ne-
cessity of action on this subject They reveal a condition of tilings
unreasonable and even disgraceful. We express the earnest desire of
every friend of education, and every person who regards the physical
and moral welfare of children that the Legislature will not omit, at iia
special session, to devise plans by which funds can be secured for
erecting school houses. They cannot err if they adopt verbatim the
bill which will be presented by the Convention of School Commissioners.
This body comes direct from the people—is well informed as to their
wants, and represents most strictly the enlightened popular sentiment
upon all subjects connected with education.
It will be wise legislation to make it a penal offence to crowd School
rooms, thus depriving children of pure air for their lungs Why should
the National Congress pass an Act to prevent emigrant ships from being
crowded, and we permit 60 children to be kept in a room 20 feet square,
with a low ceiling ? Ascertain the number of cubic feet, of air required for
healthful respiration of each child, and thus fix the number of pupils
which may be safely admitted to a School room. Teachers, as well as
parents, will hail with joy such an act of the General Assembly.
The reports of the Presidents of County Boards convey the unani-
mous opinion that the revenue derived from the State tax of 15 cents
per hundred dollars, will support the Schools no longer than six months
each year.
During the current School year, sessions will be prolonged only in those
Counties in which a local tax has been levied. If this local tax be not
renewed by popular vote, then the working power of the Schools under
the new system will, in many Counties, be no stronger than under the old

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