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Would Make More Maniacs

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The Michigan Schoolmastors' Club commenced its 33d meeting in this city yesterday afternoon with about 200 in attendanee. It was about the average attendance. The session simply was a discussion of the report of the committee on college entrance requirenients made to the National Educational Association at Los Angeles this summer, and was full of technical matters. Owing to ill health, President Sherzer, of Ypsilanti resigned, and Vice President Austin, of Owosso, was authorized to take his place. All the branches of high school work were taken up in turn and the requirements for college entrances were discussed. It seemed as if every professor desired more attention paid to his particular branch, and if the high school students are to be forced to take all the courses that those who discussed them yesterday and today recommended, there will be every need of increased insane asylum accommodations in Michigan. For instance, Principal Cook, of Saginaw, advocated increased requirement in history and insisted that each college course sbonld require four years of preparation in the branch. E. O. Goddard, of Ann Arobr, said that mathematics should be forced to the front more and that it should be made a matter of as much training as any other branch. Principal E. B. Hall. of Detroit, seconded Mr. Goddard's talk. Prof. F. JST. Scott, of the university, criticised the report of the committee on English, but said that he indorsed the recommendation that four consecutive years be devoted to the branch in high schools and that the subject of grammar be made as an auxiliary to English composition and literature. Dr. Mensel, of the university, said that he would join the procession of those who aked for a four years' preparation in their branches. He argued for a four years' course in modern languages in the high schools and the substitutiou of modern Germán prose for the poetry and íairy tales now studied in the high schools. Dr. C. L. Meader, of the university, j recommended the vise of "Sallust's Cataline" in the high schools. Principal J. H. Harris, of Bay City, was about the only exception to the rule of those who recommended in creased lengt-h of courses. The report of the committee on Greek at Los Augeles recommended that the colleges require a three years' course in this branch. He favored lut a two years' course, saying that the reqnirement of another year's study of the ancient languages was not practicable when the high schools were gorged with studies already. The reports on ehemistry. botany aud zoology were discussed by Prof. Fall, of Alhion, Prof. Dayis, af lAma, aud Miss King, of Saginaw, Prof. Reighard of the university and Dr. H. S. Jenny, of Aun Arobr. The latter read the paper of Dr. Lewis Murbacli. of Detroit. The treasurer reported that 118 had paid their dues last year aiidlö4had not and he informed the club that he would get after the delinquents. An invitation wasreeeived from the Detroit Central high school for the club to hold its April meeting there and the mattor was left to the executive connnittee with power to act.