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Title: County School Examiner
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The office of School Examiner is a mere farce. The law on the subject is worse than no law; it amounts to more harm than good. On pages 16, 21 and 27 of School Law, as amended in '65 '67 and '69 is all relating to his duty as Examiner; and it certainly is a wonder that he does not sink down, overwhelmed and completely exhausted under the weight of these duties-this pressing business. Look at the labyrinthian course he is bound by his oath to go over: "To report to Auditor, transfers for school purposes." "To notify Auditor, of failure of trustees to make report." "To examine applicants for license and issue to all found worthy." I appeal to any sensible man if this, in his opinion, commensurate with the demands of a great State? Are these all the attentions the children of Indiana are getting, or are likely to get? Are these duties compatible with the education of 25,000 of the children of America? The sentiment of all the states, appreciating education and taking a lively interest in the diffusion of learning, is embodied in the following law of Ill.: "It shall be the duty of the county Superintendent to visit every school in his county, at least once a year, and oftener if practicable; and to note the methods of instruction, the branches taught, the textbooks used, and the disipline, government and general condition of the schools. He shall give such instructions and the science, arts and methods of teaching and he may deem necessary; and shall be a constant advisor of the school officers and teachers of his county, and shall faithfully carry out the instruction of the State Superintendent. He shall encourage the formation and assist in the management of county teachers' institutes, and labor in every practicable way to elevate the standard of teaching and to improve the condition of common schools." This looks like work, intelligence and a just appreciation of universal education. The inducement is held out to striplings, (in an intellectual sense,) to engage in teaching, by offering a limited certificate. "E.G." a district, the citizens of which are noted for their ignorance, sends a fellow or fellowess to an examiner with the instruction that they want only, "reding, riting and ritthmetick" taught in their school and that "Mr. Numbscull" can teach them. He is hired, and no more fit to take charge of forty immortal souls. than he is to go to the Senatorial Chamber.-Thus, there are hundreds of teachers(?) who ought to be hoeing corn, chopping cord-wood, cleaning the kitchen or at the wash-tub, as the case may be; who infest our country. The standard is to low.- The wages therefore are inadequate. A skilled musician recieves five dollars a lesson for his services. Common and skilled school teachers, alike get seven cents a day per pupil. Raise the standard of qualification for license, and with the change will rise, in all its majesty, the standard of learning. Were this done through the instrumentality of county superintendents a great change would be wrought, and in time intelligence would beam from the honest brow of every man; and ere long the millenium would blaze through the darkness of ignorance, illuminating the universe of minds, the world would gain its equilibrium, and the Church and State would ride triumphantly over the charred members of a world of ignorance. It certainly is a neglect on the part of some one, or we could, or would have better laws on our school system. Let us make a football of this question; won't some one give it a kick? Prof. Wilkins

Date: 4/7/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
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Record ID: 00002938
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 2/1/2011
Collection: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbook
Entered By: WCHS

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