Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Morgan, Carrie E.
Our public schools, pp. 145-150 PDF (1.7 MB)
145 OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CA = IEL X. O AN, 8upt. City Schools, Appleton, Win. serious defects, it remains for toeitereted to ""VI e 1 mu1 of bettering our condition. This is not a question that interests teachers alone, the responsibility rests with the people as well. A step was taken in the right diroe- tion when it became the custom to hold shool-board conventions an w.U as teachers' conventions, and to pub- lish school-board journals as well a teachers' journals. The last tep taken when meetings of parents and teachers were held to discuss topics cf vital interest to both. This last move- ment is still in its infancy, but its pos- sibilities are vast. I believe that more can be done by this means than any other, for there are conditions exist- ing in our school-rooms to-day that parents only can remedy. The Good Teacher-Her Qualita- tions. CABnIa E. MORGAN. Undoubtedly the first requisite for good schools is good teachers. With So much has been said about the in- these, good results can be obtained fluence of the public school, that there even in the face of difficulties, and can be no longer any doubt as to the without them the most modern relation of this institution to our na- school-houses and the best of appar- tion's welfare. The question that is atus count for little. The necessary occupying the minds of educators to- qualities of a truly good teacher are day is: How can we secure better many. We cannot expect perfection schools? It is for conference on this in school-teachers any more than we question that our teachers' conven- can expect it in other human beings, tions are held. While our schools are but there are certain qualities that good and a credit to the nation, all ed- we do expect every teacher to possess. ucators know that there is much to be First, she must be well-prepared for done, if we would take first rank her work. She must have a good edu- among nations. Germany has long cation and know how to impart the been noted for the excellency of her knowledge she has. She must be sys- schools. At the time of the exhibit at tematic, thorough and progressive. the world's fair our public school sy.- She must possess a character that will tem received some severe criti- exert a good influence over her pupils. ciam by European authorities. If She must understand child-nature. it is true that our system has She must be kind, but firm, consider- 10 ML - x
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