United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1892
Reports of supervisors of education, pp. 619-646 PDF (13.1 MB)
REPORTS OF SUPERVISORS OF EDUCATION. 639 children at the reservation schools, and exercise a motherly oversight of them when visiting their homes. That the Department be asked to furnish all reservation schools with an en- rollment of thirty children under the age of 8 years. the material required for kindergarten instruction, and create the position of kindergarten teacher for the school. Attendance.-Resolved, That it is the sense of this convention that an uncom- promising, effective compulsory education law is absolutely necessary to the satisfactory maintenance of attendance at reservation boarding schools. Resolved, That it is our unanimous conviction that through the proper means such compulsory law can be effectually applied and enforced. Resolved, That in our judgment the means now existing on reservations and already at the command of Indian agents are sufficient to accomplish the end sought, viz, the manipulation of rations and annuities and the police force. The committee on resolutions made the following report: Resolved, That the convention is in hearty cobperation with the honorable Commissioner of Indian Affairs in his indefatigable efforts for the improvement of Indian education and its entire harmony with the policy of the present Administration for the rapid civilization of the Indian people. Resolved, That the convention express its appreciation of the untiring efforts of Supervisor Richardson in beginning and bringing to complete success this the first general meeting of the Indian school workers of the fourth district. .Resolved, That it is the sense of this convention that all grades of schools, whether on or off the reservations, are integral parts of the present system of education, and while it receives our hearty support, we welcome the day when this system shall blend into the school system of the land. Resolved, That it would be for the best interests of the Indian school service that the super- intendents of reservation boarding schools be allowed to assume complete control of their schools at a time when they may furnish to the Department a satisfactory bond for the proper discharge of their duties. This committee also made a recommendation relative to attendnce similar to the recommendation of the committee on attendance. It was agreed that Indian agents had sufficient means at their command to enforce attendance, if properly used. Before adjourning, on the recommendation of the committee on organization, the convention effected a permanent organization and requested that the meet- ings be held annually, if authority could be obtained. DETAILED COURSE OF STUDY. In order that the schoolroom work may be systematized and uniformity se- cured, I have prepared a detailed course of study, based upon the curriculum of the Government for Indian schools, and will soon ask the Indian Office for its adoption. This will secure better results from teaching effort and aid very ma- terially in securing regular promotions and transfers from the reservation to the industrial training schools. The foregoing is a brief outline of what has b en done in this district the past year in the way of supervision, and in part indicates that the work of a super- visor can be made to contribute very materially to the advancement of the in- terests-of Indian education. I deem it proper that some such statement should be made, insomuch as certain distinguished churchmen have deemed it neces- sary to unjustly pass severe criticism upon the honorable Commissioner of Indian Affairs for appointing supervisors of education, and going so far as to foolishly charge that these officials were spies of the Commissioner to work detriment to certain contract schools. There was never a more unjust and un- called-for accusation. The facts are, these crntract schools had never had an inspection, properly, and it is from a sense of their inferiority that this seeking to shut out expert investigation and supervision comes. These schools have received fair and impartial inspection and their actual worth as an educational me'dium has been properly and fairly presented, and no desire has ever been intimated that other than fair and honorable treatment be extended all of these contrat schools. They are part of the Indian educational system as now carried on by the Government, and they should stand or fall on their own merit. The facts are, there will be needless contention so long as the Government maintains this perilous system of uniting church and state, and the sooner appropriations for this sectarian purpose are abolished the better for the peace and harmony of the country.
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