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DEPARTMENT OF SUPERINTENDENCE.
FIRST DAY.-MORNING SESSION.
TUESDAY, February 24, 1891. The Department of Superintendence of the National Educational Association met in Association Hall, Fifteenth and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pa., on Tuesday morning, February 24, 1891. The meeting was called to order at 10 o'clock, by the President, Andrew S. Draper, State Superintendent of New York.
Prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. George Dana Boardman of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.
Addresses of welcome were delivered as follows:
By Dr. William Pepper, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, in behalf of the University and the higher educational institutions of the city.
By President James MacAlister, of Drexel Institute, in behalf of the city. By Mrs. Mary E. Mumford, in behalf of the Board of Education.
President MacAlister presented the compliments of the following institutions, extending cordial invitations to the members of the Department to visit any or all of them as occasion and inclination might offer : Philadelphia Art Club, Academy of Fine Arts, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Academy of Sciences, Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art, and Girard College.
To these addresses and invitations the President of the Department made suitable response in behalf of the Department, tendering thanks for the same and accepting the invitations proffered.
After preliminary remarks touching the aims and work of the Department, the President took up the regular work of the programme.
Supt. J. M. Greenwood, of Kansas City, Mo., was appointed to report the discussions of the morning session.
Supt. N. C. Dougherty, of Peoria, Ill., read a paper on Compulsory Education in Illinois and Wisconsin.
The subject was further discussed by the Hon. John Hancock, State Superintendent of Ohio; President James MacAlister, of the Drexel In stitute, Philadelphia ; John MacDonald, of the Western School Journal,
Topeka, Kansas, and the Hon. 0. E. Wells, State Superintendent of Wisconsin.
Mr. George H. Martin, Agent of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, read a paper on Compulsory Education in Massachusetts.
The question was further discussed by Supt. Edwin P. Seaver, of Boston, Mass.; Supt. I. N. Mitchell, of Fond du Lac, Wis.; Supt. A. P. Marble, of Worcester, Mass.; Hon. B. G. Northrop, of Connecticut, and Hon. Thos. B. Stockwell, State Superintendent of Rhode Island.
The President appointed the following Committee on Resolutions : Supt. A. P. Marble, of Massachusetts; Supt. W. R. Garrett, of Tennessee; Supt. A. B. Blodgett, of New York ; Supt. Henry Sabin, of Iowa, and Supt. H. W. Compton, of Ohio.
Supt. Edwin P. Seaver was appointed to report the discussions of the afternoon.
Adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock P.M.
The Department reassembled at 3 o'clock, President Draper in the chair. Superintendent J. M. Greenwood presented his report of the morning discussions. Report approved.
The following resolution, by Superintendent Greenwood, was adopted :
That each speaker who participates in the discussion of any topic on the programme shall be limited to five minutes, unless further time be granted by the Department.
Supt. Aaron Grove, of Denver, offered the following resolution:
That the Executive Committee of the National Educational Association, consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, the First Vice-President, and the President of the Board of Trustees, be requested to report to this Department before the adjournment of this session, whether they can provide for the immediate publication of the volume of this meeting.
Resolution unanimously adopted.
Supt. W. E. Anderson, of Milwaukee, Wis., read a paper on the Qualification and Supply of Teachers for City Schools.
The subject was further discussed by Messrs. A. B. Blodgett, of Syracuse, N. Y.; L. 0. Foose, of Harrisburg, Pa.; D. W. Harlan, of Wilmington, Del.; W. N. Barringer, of Newark, N. J.; Thos. Walton, of Philadelphia; John T. Prince, of Boston ; C. W. Bardeen, of the School Bulletin of Syracuse, N. Y.; Thos. M. Balliet, of Springfield, Mass.; James MacAlister, of Philadelphia ; S. T. Dutton, of Brookline, Mass. ; J. M. Greenwood, of Kansas City, Mo.; E. E. White, of Cincinnati, Ohio ; E. Stanley Hall, of Clark University, Worcester, Mass.; S. A. Ellis, of Rochester, N. Y., and A. S. Draper, the Chairman, of Albany, N. Y.
The discussion was closed by Mr. Anderson, who offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That in the opinion of the Department of Superintendence the time has come when it is practicable to establish a professional standard for all teachers employed in City Public Schools, and the interests of Education require School Boards and Superintendents to establish a standard as an indispensable prerequisite to employment in the schools.
Referred to the Committee on Qualification of Teachers, appointed at the Washington meeting in 1889, and continued in 1890.
President James MacAlister presented the greetings of the Mayor of the city, and upon his suggestion the Department decided to call upou his honor in a body at the close of the Wednesday morning session.
The following Committee on Nomination of Officers for the ensuing year was then announced : W. E. Sheldon, of Massachusetts ; J. H. Shinn, of Arkansas ; C. W. Bardeen, of New York ; N. C. Dougherty, of Illinois, and Aaron Gove, of Colorado.
Supt. S. T. Dutton was appointed to report the discussion on Commissioner Harris's paper.
Adjourned to meet at 8 o'clock, P. M.
The Department convened at 8 o'clock, President Draper in the chair.
Mr. W. E. Sheldon moved that the name of Mr. N. A. Calkins, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Educational Association, be added to the Committee consisting of the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the National Association, to report on the immediate publication of proceedings. Adopted unanimously.
Mr. Henry E. Edmonds, of the Board of Public Education of Philadelphia, presented the greetings of that body, and extended an invitation to members of the Department to attend a reception to be given in their honor on Thursday evening. The invitation was accepted, and the President authorized to make any necessary rearrangement of the programme to obviate the necessity of a regular meeting on that evening.
United States Commissioner W. T. Harris then read a paper on the National Educational Association, its Organization and Functions.
The subject was further discussed by Messrs. Gove, of Colorado ; Greenwood, of Missouri ; Hancock, of Ohio ; Northrop, of Connecticut; Hall, of Massachusetts; White, of Ohio ; Shinn, of Arkansas; Garrett, of Tennessee, and Mowry, of Massachusetts.
Secretary E. H. Cook, of the National Educational Association, made a number of important announcements in reference to the Toronto meeting.
Adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock on Wednesday.
SECOND DAY.-MORNING SESSION.
WEDNESDAY, February 25. The Department convened at 10 o'clock, President Draper in the chair.
Superintendent Seaver, of Boston, read his report of the discussion on Mr. Anderson's paper on the Qualification and Supply of Teachers. Report approved.
A communication was received from the Union League of Philadelphia, inviting the members of the Department to visit their rooms, as they might find it convenient. The invitation was accepted by the President in behalf of the Department.
A communication was received from the Governor and the school authorities of Wisconsin, and the Mayor of Milwaukee, inviting the Department to meet in Milwaukee next year. Action deferred, and communication filed.
Supt. Eugene Bouton, Bridgeport, Conn., was appointed to report the morning discussions.
President James MacAlister, of Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, Pa., read a paper on Art Education in the Public Schools.
The subject was further discussed by Supt. Thos. M. Balliet, of Springfield, Mass., and Dr. J. H. Hoose, of the State Normal School, Cortland,
Prof. Frank Aborn, Director of Drawing, Cleveland, Ohio, read a paper on the Highest Office of Drawing.
The subject was further discussed by Supt. Charles E. Gorton, of Yonkers, N. Y.
Inspector James L. Hughes, of Toronto, Canada, Chairman of the Local Executive Committee of the National Educational Association, was introduced. He assured the Department that Canada is being aroused on the approach of the meeting of the National Educational Association, and that however far Canada might be from political union with the United States, she was ready to engage in unrestricted reciprocity with this country in all matters of educational progress. He stated that arrangements were being made for the free passage of educational exhibits to the meeting of the Association, and for their free return, though the freedom of the Custom House might not be extended to the contents of the trunks of the ladies. Both the Government and the people of Canada extend a cordial welcome.
The President made a number of necessary announcements, and declared a recess until 3 P.M.
The Department was called to order at 3 P.M., President Draper in the chair.