Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)
Beach, C. R.
Science in agriculture, pp. 280-301
298 WISCONSIN STAT, AGPicULTURAL SOCIETY. C~ensisting of from- 1,200 to 1,500 volumes in each school.. and a balance left over in the treasury to the credit of that fun - d. The point I make is t his - that it has cost these 8 tudents attending these 'normal schools, where they are required not to use the ordinary and cheaper grade of books but the upper and better grade of books, only $3 a year per pupil, and I will ask the. farmers of this state if they ean s . ay that it has cost them but $3 per child for' text 'books during äs inany years. I believe it is a matter of the greatest econ- omy to have such a measure passed, and it seems to me that the distriet board~ the unit upon which we base and from which we manage all of our school inatters, lis the proper unit. The bo.ard to have the initiatory control of this mat- tiär of the purchase - and eare of the text books. We want as little machinery about is as possible. We do not want to do as they have to in Minnesota - ma'ke a requisition on the county superintenden't, and the county superintendent on somebody else, and then from that source the books are to be distributed at great c- st and liability to loss and. damage. One thing further that has no't been urged. My friend aeross the hall has spoken abJut the-want of uniformity of text books, and we know that in a great many quarters this is considered a very great evil, 1 never have sympathized withthat sentiment very much myself, beeause I believe that a teacher who can teach the multiplication table and teach it well, ean teach it whe.ther the pupil has a Robinson or a Davies, or any ot.her kind of an arithmetie, and so I believe that we ought to work for a grade of teachers who can teach topieally, who can make use, of the tools which are in the hands of the children, and if they happen to have a Monteiths' Geography ean teach that the earth is round, o-r if they happen to b ave Harpers' Geography ean teach that the earth is round and moves, or if they happen to have Swintons' Geography ean teach that the earth is round and that it moves around the sun. I do not believe that there is any great diffleulty with the diversity of text-books if you have the right kind , of teach- ers, but if we desire to bring about uniformity, there is no quicker, no surer, no more economical. way of effeeting that
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