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MR. HARRIS : District school teachers do not get pay enough to come to the association. I have this year been in a graded school, and can now come to the association.
PROF. BARR believed that he would live to see the day when the system would be adopted.
MR. SIMPSON: There are some facts not mentioned that I would like to have brought out. Sixty-five out of one hundred members of legislature of 1873 had had common school education and no other. Their integrity, good judgment, and honesty never was questioned. I believe in local school interest.
SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING
COUNTY SCHOOL EXAMINERS.
HELD AT LANSING, DEC. 27, 1887.
MEETING OF THE COUNTY SCHOOL EXAMINERS.
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH ANNUAL
Lansing, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1887.
Meeting was called to order by Pres. E. P. Church. In the absence of the Secretary, Ashley
Clapp, of Kalamazoo, was chosen Secretary pro tem. A paper on “Grading District Schools” was read by Mr. Orr Schurtz, Charlotte.
The paper was discussed at length by Ashley Clapp, of Vicksburg; Osbon, of Sturgis; Warner, of Washtenaw; Dryer, of Muskegon; Reed, of Wayne; Brown, of Gratiot; Schurtz, of Eaton; Taylor, of Ottawa; Tappan, of St. Clair; Olcott, of Marquette; Bemis, of Ionia.
The discussion was generally in favor of a system of grading. Reed, of Wayne, claimed that the district schools of his county are doing better work than are the graded schools.
The following resolution was presented by Mr. Osbon, of Sturgis :
Whereas, It is generally conceded by the educators of Michigan that our district schools are failing to meet the demands of the present time ; and whereas the said failure is due to a want of proper legal authority to organize and control said district schools ; be it therefore
Resolved, That we, the members of the Examiners' Association of the State of Michigan in convention assembled, do request the Superintendent of Public Instruction to seek such legislation as shall secure the following:
(a) A township system of organization for the district schools. (b) A system of grading for district schools. (c) A longer tenure of service on the part of teachers in said schools. (d) County uniformity of text-books.
Discussed by Olcott, of Marquette, and Laird, of East Tawas.
A motion was made by Mr. Laird and accepted, to strike out that portion of the resolution relating to county uniformity of text-books. After some discussion the motion was carried and the resolution as amended was adopted.