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year does not begin with the new year, yet unP. O. DRAWER 926,
consciously we pause as we write the new date,
take account of the gains and losses of the year Richmond, Va.
just passed, and resolve on better things for the
future. Better things! For it is one of the most 1. Better salaries for teachers, encouraging qualities of human nature that it
and prompt payment. 2. A longer school term for chil- always reaches upward towards better things.
Whatever, then, may have been your pedagogical The dren, and more effective
shortcomings in the past, let us recall to you the teaching
beautiful words of the poet: “ Look not mournVirginia 3. Lite diplomas, issued by the State and worthily won.
fully into the Past; it comes not back again.
Go 4. A deliverance from annual ex
Wisely improve the Present; it is thine.
forth to meet the shadowy Future without fear, aminations, after compeJournal
and with a manly heart.” tency has been once estab
SUPT. 5. A Teachers' Reading Circle,
Superintendent M. M. Lynch, of For with no fees attache 1.
Frederick county and Winchester 6. A Virginia Chautauqua, with
Lynch's city, writes to the JOURNAL as fol
lows: a permanent home.
WAY. The JOURNAL is now in the hands 7. Closer supervision, with salaries that justity it.
of every teacher and school officer in
Frederick county and the city of Wiuchester, and We would be glad to receive from our readers I am contident that good results will follow. Our statements of views on any of the above subjects. Teachers' Association meets regularly in Win
chester on the last Saturday in each month, which Be brief and to the point.
is known as “pay day.” The district clerks are
at my office early on pay day with the warrants THE
The Hon. Wm. H. Ruffner, made out ready to deliver, and the county treasu
while in Richmond recently, rer is here with checks prepared to hand out as
Horace MANN called at the Department of soon as the warrants are delivered to him, so that
Public Instruction, as is his by eleven o'clock every teacher is paid. This is the second year we have adopted this plan, and we
wont on occasion. He looked find it works admirably. Promptly at eleven
every whit capable of his maso'clock our Association meets in the City Hall.
South. terly conquests in the educaWeare now taking the professional course of study in the order recommended in the September JOUR
tional field, as, inclining in a NAL. We have divided the first year's course chair, he recounted some experiences of the meminto five parts. At our next meeting we will orable struggle for the organization and develophave essays, short addresses, and discussion of a
ment, if not the existence, of the public school portion of the course. The exercises also em
system of the State. His piercing eyes grew brace recitations and music. Several of the brightest young ladies and gentlemen of the city brighter at mentiov of some victory for the cause and county who are not teachers have joined the he loved so well, and for which he labored with Association in order to take the course.
such distinguished success as to win the appellaAn excellent letter from start to finish, and we
tion, “ Horace Mann of the South.”
As he rethank Superintendent Lynch for it. He is doing called some of the problems of that crucial period, a fine work for the schools, and we hope the pub- when leading men of the State were assailing and lication of his letter will move other superintend- retarding his work, we were lost in admiration of ents and school boards to act along the same lines. the wonderful power of the man.
A sound and liberal educator, a courageous and LYNCHBURG's The Art Loan Exhibition of sagacious statesman, a born leader of men, pos
the Lynchburg High School, sessing the highest executive gifts, Dr. Rutiner ART which was held in the new High was the man above all others to inaugurate a State School building from November
system of schools. How superbly his work was EXHIBITION. 30th to December 6th, was a pro- done! History will accord him full measure of
success. Indeed, no praise, and Virginians will ever hold his name more interesting event has occurred in the life
in grateful memory. of the progressive schools of the “ Hill City.” The Doctor's visit was an occasion of rare The splendid exhibit attracted a large attendance, pleasure to the officers of the Department, who and the interest of the public was unabated from united in wishing him many years of sweet rethe beginning to the close. We heartily con- tirement in his country home. gratulate Superintendent Glass, and thank him for a copy of the catalogue—a pamphlet of 24 pages—and for clippings from the city newspa
RETIREMENT A bill is to be introduced into pers containing daily comments on the Exhibit. We promise our readers a full account of the
the Legislature now in session FUND FOR
to authorize the State Board work next month from the pen of the accom).
of Education to establish a replished teacher and writer, Mrs. Orra Lang
tirement fund for the benefit of
public school teachers. It is Through inadvertence Isle of Wight county proposed to raise the money by assessing each was omitted from the list published last month of teacher a small monthly sum, and by voluntary counties and cities from which we have received contributions from outsiders. No State aid is handsome subscription lists. Superintendent asked. Rawls is a firm believer in the JOURNAL, and There is such a fund in many of the States of sends a good list every year.
our union, and the teachers of Virginia have re
cently awakened to the desirability of such a proThe bill now pending in the General Assembly vision for the future. Many of our teachers reexacting professional training on the part of ap- ceive salaries so small that it is almost an imposplicants for the office of Superintendent of sibility for them to lay away anything for sickSchools is a wise measure. A companion bill ness and old age, and it would seem imperative making the salary of the office commensurate that some action be taken to provide for those with its duties and responsibilities would be an- who have spent their lives worthily in the service other wise measure. Even under the existing of others. Now that public sentiment is beginorder of things, the pay fixed is grossly inade- ning to be aroused on the subject, no doubt somequate for the service rendered.
thing will soon be done in the matter.