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accomplishment of its objects, may be judged from the Transactions of the Association, and from its present condition of usefulness.

It might be deemed a work of supererogation, at the present day, to offer views in evidence of the utility of Teachers' Associations: that utility is too obvious. Since the establishment, in 1799, in Middletown, Connecticut, of the first Association of practical teachers ever convened in this country, down to the present day, the idea has been gaining ground that societies of this character form one of the most effectual of outward appliances; and under a full faith in this idea, Associations have been formed, in various parts of the country, having for their general objects the improvement of teachers, and the advancement of the cause of education. So popular has the movement become, that nearly every County in Massachusetts bas availed itself of this instrumentality in the promotion of that cause which, next to the Christian religion, may command the attention af mankind.

The Massachusetts Teachers' Association has been, and is still destined to be, productive of much good in the Commonwealth. By the assembling of teachers once a year from all parts of the State, an acquaintance which no other means could promote, is cultivated, and a bond of fraternal sympathy instituted which time cannot sever: the experience of many is collected and spread out for the benefit of all: advantageous methods of instruction and discipline become known, and are adopted ; defective ones are exposed, and abandoned. Other professions, and men of all callings, engraft improvements upon the social system through the proper channel, the Legislature of the State. But it still remains for teachers, as a profession, to avail them

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selves, through their Associations, of this means of advocating a cause which we are all laboring to promote, and which depends for its progress so much upon legislative enactment.

To the liberality of the State, the Association is indebted for its effective means of usefulness. Without such aid, it is doubtful whether it could have become permanent. Through her bounty, it has been enabled to publish the “ Transactions,” and thereby give an extensive circulation to sound and practical views, and furnish to beginners valuable instruction in the art of teaching : it has been enabled to encourage effort on the part of teachers, and induce them to contribute valuable and practical essays. For these means of usefulness, and for the many other incidental advantages springing from her liberality, let us pay a grateful tribute to our beloved Commonwealth.

Another benefit which the Association has conferred upon the cause of Education, is the establishment of the “Massachusetts Teacher," a Journal devoted to the dissemination of sound views on Educational topics. By the labor and care of a few prominent teachers in the State, it was nobly sustained during the first years of its existence under circumstances highly adverse. It has since prospered, and been secured upon a firm basis; so that, from a subscription list of but two hundred and fifty names in 1848, it now numbers nearly two thousand.

The plan of publishing the proceedings which was suggested at the close of the meeting in 1850, owing to some informality, failed. At the meeting in 1851, it was revived, and the whole subject was referred to the Board of Directors, by whom the work of editing was delegated to a special committee.

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II.

ON THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF SCHOOL GOVERN-
MENT. By Rev. J. P. COWLES,

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ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOOL-ROOM. Br

ARIEL PARISH,

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IV.

ON THOROUGH INSTRUCTION. BY JOSEPH HALE, ...., 139

V.

ON THE RELATION OF EDUCATION TO ITS AGE. BY

SAMUEL W. Bates,

..... 179

VI.

ON THE RELATION OF COMMON SCHOOLS TO HIGHER

SEMINARIES. BY REV. CHARLES HAMMOND, .......... 221

VII.

ON TEACHING AS A PROFESSION. BY NELSON WHEELER, 261

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CONSTITUTION,

INDEX,

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