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those who by experience and success have gained a large share of public confidence, are presumed to speak understandingly, when they recommend; consequently, committees, who to a great extent are made up of men too much engaged in other pursuits to allow of their keeping up a very exact acquaintance with schoolbooks, feel very little hesitation in adopting whatever comes recommended from such ‘sources. This, as we all know, is a secret which publishers have not been slow to discover, or backward to use for the furtherance of their own interests.
Finally, if we would see the profession of our choice elevated to the highest possible condition of which it is capable, we must make it, in its relations to society, what, in theory, it claims to be. It must be felt and admitted to be all but omnipotent in its living, acting power to form the character. The men and women of the coming age must, through the instrumentality of our schools, be noted for their intelligence, for their practical wisdom, and for their moral and social virtues. Our free institutions, which, in the estimation of our wisest and truest patriots, now totter to their foundations, must be rescued from their perilous state; they must be snatched from the waves of ignorance and crime which are rising and surging at their base, and planted deep and immovable in the affections of an intelligent, virtuous, and patriotic people. But this is a work only for those who are prepared to look beyond themselves, and merge their own interests in the claims of humanity. It is a work for those only who have the stoutest hearts and the strongest faith. If we would contribute to the accomplishment of so great and so glorious & work, we must consecrate ourselves to the business of our calling with a singleness of purpose, and a fervor of zeal, which nothing can divert or abate. This is not a work for associations, nor for Model and Normal Schools, however useful they may be in their own sphere; it is not a work for speculations on the excellences and defects of different systems of education ; nor is it a work for those who are constantly sighing for some fixed rule and invariable method of im. parting instruction, and controlling the conduct. It is a work for teachers individually, in their separate relations to their own schools. It is a work which will require of every teacher, that he fix no limit to his responsibility, short of preparing every one of his pupils for their career as moral and accountable beings. It is a work in which we must enter the secret cham. bers of each heart, and ascertain, with precision, by what motives it is to be influenced. It is a work in which we must think little of present ease and comfort, - in which we must look beyond the present, and amidst all the trials, and painstaking, and discouragements, to which we are daily and hourly subjected, be able to draw upon the distant future for the richest consolation, and apply to ourselves the sentiment of the hero of the Mantuan Bard,
CONSTITUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE I. This Society shall be called the Massachusetts Teachers' Association, and shall have for its objects the improvement of Teachers, and the advancement of the interests of popular education.
ARTICLE II. Any practical male teacher, of good moral character, within this Commonwealth, may become a member of the Association, by signing this Constitution, and paying an admission fee of one dollar.
ARTICLE III. Each member shall be furnished with a certificate of membership, having the seal of the Association and the signature of the Recording Secretary; and any member in good standing, shall, at his own request, receive a certificate of honorable discharge.
ARTICLE IV. Ladies engaged in teaching, shall be invited to attend the regular meetings of the Association.
ARTICLE V. The annual meetings of the Association shall be held at such place and time as the directors may designate, and notice shall be given at the previous meeting.
ARTICLE VI. The officers of the Association shall be a President, fourteen Vice Presidents, a Recording and a Corresponding Secretary, a Treasurer and twelve Counsellors, who, with the President and Secretaries, shall constitute a Board of Directors. These officers shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting.
ARTICLE VII. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Association, provided, however, that in bis absence, or at his request, one of the Vice Presidents shall preside.
ARTICLE VIII. The Recording Secretary shall keep a record of the doings of the Association, and of the Directors, and shall notify all meetings.
ARTICLE IX. The Corresponding Secretary, subject to the order of the Directors, shall be the organ of communication with other societies and with individuals.
ARTICLE X. The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys for the Association, and shall present a written report of his receipts and disbursements at the annual meeting, and whenever required by the Board of Directors. He shall make no payment except by order of the Board.
ARTICLE XI. The Board of Directors shall have the general superintendence of the interests of the Association, with authority to devise and carry into execution such measures as will, in their opinion, promote its objects. They shall engage suitable persons to deliver addresses and lectures at the meetings of the Association, and make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of the Annual and other meetings.
ARTICLE 12. The Constitution may be altered at any regular meeting, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at said meeting and voting thereon, - provided that the motion for amendment shall be made at a previous meeting.
Association, its origin, p. 9. - Its name and objects, (Const.,
Art. i,) 15.- Membership of, (Art. ii,) 15.- Certificate of
ings, 21 to 33, 171 to 176.-Its influence, 94.
regard to forming, 175.
53.-Letter in reference to a candidate for the office of teacher,
of the Anglo Saxon, 254, 255.
labor, 110, 111.