Proceedings of the Board of Public Instruction of the City of Albany, Volume 11

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1887 - Education
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Page 400 - For nothing is so productive of elevation of mind as to be able to examine methodically and truly every object which is presented to thee in life, and always to look at things so as to see at the same time what kind of universe this is, and what kind of use everything performs in it, and what value everything has with reference to the whole, and what with reference to man, who is a citizen of the highest city, of which all other cities are like families ; what each thing is, and of what it is composed,...
Page 408 - The association says with emphatic brevity that manual training is a training of the mind to accuracy of perception and truthfulness and readiness of expression. The schools are not established for the purpose of teaching pupils how to make a living, but to teach them how to live.
Page 136 - After remarking that the mathematician positively knows that the sum of the three angles of a triangle is equal to two right angles...
Page 154 - Resolved, That for the purpose of giving the new system a fair trial in the most economical manner possible, one of the rooms in the basement of the high school building be fitted up as a wood-working shop; that a competent instructor be employed to teach the boys in attendance at the high school in the proper use of wood working tools for a period of one year, the total cost not exceeding $1,500.
Page 410 - Some specimens of work are kept to illustrate the work of the shop ; the rest are either used over in the preliminary course in the use of tools, or are broken up and destroyed. From our brief experience we believe that it is established that manual training is legitimate educational work in our schools ; that the tendency is to keep boys longer in school ; that its effect is to round out the development of the pupil ; that it promotes good order and discipline ; that it has a moral force, and that...
Page 154 - The position of many thoughtful public men was thus given by the Governor of the State of New York in his last message to the Legislature (1877) : ' The present system is insufficient for the future needs of our American youth. I would therefore recommend making manual training, within certain limits, a part of the public school system, certainly in the cities and larger towns of this State.
Page 410 - ... and on Saturdays, thus giving the strongest evidence of their high appreciation of the chance offered them of getting even a brief course in manual training. Our course of procedure in instruction is briefly this: The drawing teacher exhibits an object to the class ; the pupils make a working drawing from the object, carry the latter to the shop, and from it reproduce the object in wood. Of course this is preceded by a sufficient number of lessons in the use of tools to enable the pupils to work...
Page 410 - The shop was opened for class work in February. The boys of the first and second years were required to join in this work, but those of the two upper classes were permitted to volunteer. Much to the surprise of the teachers, every boy in the school announced his desire to take the new course, and before many weeks had elapsed the senior boys, conscious that their time was limited to the few weeks of school left before their graduation, formed a special class to take lessons after school hours and...
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Page 84 - All school funds are in the hands of the city chamberlain to the credit of the board of education...

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