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STATE LAWS RELATING TO HUMANE EDUCATION.

SECTION 3. The principal or teacher in every school shall certify, in each of his or her monthly reports to the school board, that such instruction has been given in the school under his or her control.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
APPROVED—The 27th day of March, A. D. 1905.

SOUTH DAKOTA.

AN ACT Pertaining to the humane treatment of animals. Be it enacted by the legislature of the State of South Dakota:

SECTION 1. That there shall be taught in the public schools of this State, in addition to other branches of study now prescribed, a system of humane treatment of animals.

SECTION 2. Each school supported wholly or in part by the public funds of this State, or of any county or city in this state, shall instruct all scholars in the laws of this State, as embodied in the penal code or other laws pertaining to the humane treatment of animals, and such studies on the subject as the board of education may adopt, such instruction to consist of not less than two lessons of ten minutes each during each week of the school year. And no experiment upon live animals to demonstrate facts in physiology shall be permitted in any school in this State.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force immediately after its passage.

TEXAS.

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SECTION 100.

Suitable instruction shall be given in the primary grades (of all public schools] once each week regarding kindness to animals of the brute creation and the protection of birds and their nests and eggs.General Laws of Texas, 1905, Chap. 124.

WASHINGTON,

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SEC, 65. *

Attention must be given during the entire course to the cultivation of manners, to the laws of health, physical exercise, ventilation, and temperature of the schoolroom, and not less than ten minutes each week must be devoted to the systematic teaching of kindness to not only our domestic animals, but to all living creatures. - School Laws of Washington, 1901, p. 48.

WYOMING.

AN ACT providing that a system of humane treatment of animals shall be taught in the public schools

of Wyoming.

Be it encated by the legislature of the State of Wyoming:

SECTION 1. That there shall be taught in the public schools of Wyoming, in addition to the other branches of study now prescribed, a system of humane treatment of animals, as embodied in the laws of Wyoming; such instruction to consist of not less than two lessons of ten minutes each per week. The principal or teacher of every school shall certify in his or her reports that such instruction has been given in the school under his or her control.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and aiter its passage. [Approved February 6, 1901.]

CHAPTER I.

EDUCATION IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND NEW

ZEALAND.

CASADA.

Dominion of Canada, comprising seven provinces, with an extent of 3,653,946

square miles and a population estimated at 5,371,051 in 1901.

PREVIOUS ARTICLES OX EDICATION IN CANADA IN THE COMMISSIONER'S REPORTS.

“ Education in Ontario," Report 1892–93, Vol. 1, Chapter VI; “ Notes on education at

the Columbian Exposition," ibid., Chapter X, pages 1213-1215; " Manitoba school

question," Report 1891–95, Vol. 1, Chapter VII. “ Current and historical survey of the systems of education in the several provinces,"

Report 1897-98, Vol. 1, Chapter IV. “ Education in Canada : Outline of the public systems of education with current statis

tics ; Industrial and technical education ; Historic foundations of the Ontario sys

tem," Report 1898-99, Vol. 2, Chapter XXIX. “ Education in Canada : Detailed accounts of the systems of education in the several

provinces, with comparative statistics; Table of higher institutions," Report 1902, Vol. 1, Chapter VIII.

TOLICAL OUTLINE.

Current statistics.

Teachers'

Outline of the Canadian systems of public instruction.

salaries. Statistics of colleges and universities.

By the British North American act of 1867 the right to legislate on matters respecting education was left to the governments of the four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick), which were then united under the general name of Dominion of Canada. The same right has been assured also to the provinces that have since entered the confederation (Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia, Northwest Territories).

Prior, however, to the federation of the provinces, education had become a matter of general interest. Ontario, the core of the confederation," had at the time of its adoption a well-organized system of public schools. Quebec had brought its parochial schools under public supervision and the smaller maritime provinces had proved their interest in the cause both by legislation and by grants for schools from public funds.

From the beginning two forces were at work directing the educational activities of the people. Both the English and French settlers had brought with them traditional respect for parochial schools and for ecclesiastical control of

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edrication;'But the English settlers were also deeply imbued with those ideas that were making for the supremacy of civil authorities in all secular affairs, and the conditions of the new country favored the growth of this tendency.

The first system of public education organized in the provinces, that of Ontario, was distinctively a system under public or government control, and as such has been the model followed more or less closely by all the other provinces excepting Quebec.

The Ontario school law of 181:3, the basis of the system, embodied features drawn from the school systems of New England and New York, but it differed from these especially by the larger provision for centralized control.

The minister of public instruction in Ontario is more than the executive head of the system. As a member of the legislature he initiates and largely directs school legislation, while his judicial functions and powers of appointment give great weight to the policies he advocates. No other province has reposed equal authority in the chief officer of education, but all huve sought to secure uniformity of school provision and educational standards by means of centralized government control,

In Quebec the schools are sectarian; that is, they are distinctively either Roman Catholic or Protestant schools. The former are under ecclesiastical control, which for this purpose is organized in accordance with the provisions of the school laws; the Protestant schools are in like manner under Protestant control. In Ontario and the Northwest Territories provision is made for separate schools for Protestants and for Catholics, where desired, and the supporters of these separate schools are exempt from the payment of local taxes for the support of the public schools. The separate schools are under government inspection and in general are under the same regulations as the public schools.

The public elementary schools are free schools, excepting in Quebec, where fees are charged which may not exceed 30 cents a month nor be less than 5 cents a month. In the model schools and academies of this province, which correspond to the grammar and high schools of our own States, the fees may be higher. In the high schools of Ontario fees are charged, but may be and often are remitted at the discretion of the school authorities. With these exceptions the public schools of the several provinces are free, their support being derived from provincial grants and local (municipal) appropriations and school taxes.

The mode of apportioning the legislative grant among the school districts differs in the different provinces, but in all there is apparent the purpose to make the provincial appropriation a means of stimulating rather than of lessening local effort in behalf of the schools.

In Ontario the legislative grant is apportioned to the schools on the basis of average attendance in each, respectively. In Quebee the legislative grant is

a The following extract from a letter from the department of public instruction, Quebec (dated June 30, 1904) throw's light upon certain peculiarities of school classification and administration in that province :

The terms “model school" and "academy," as used in this province, are likely to be misleading to strangers, and there is now a proposal to change our nomenclature so as to remove the dilliculties which now exist in this direction.

Our public schools are “ elementary," covering the first four years' work: “ model." covering the fifth, sixth, and seventh years, and academy," covering the eighth, ninth, and tenth years. The work is continuous, so that the last year of oue grade qualifies for the first year of the next.

Inasmuch as many school municipalities defray the expenses of schools of all grades from a general fund, it is impossible to know exactly the total cost of elementary education as distinguished from secondary education.

Our clerk of statistics reports that the elementary schools receive approximately 90 per cent of the total contributions for school purposes in 1903 reported to be $3,471,989), and that the secondary schools receive the remaining 10 per cent.

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apportioned to the several school municipalities (areas for local school administration) in proportion to their respective populations upon proof that they have complied with the law as to the maintenance of schools and the qualifications and remuneration of teachers. Special arrangements are inade in the case of very poor municipalities. In Nova Scotia the legislative grant for public schools is a fixed sum ($190,000 annually), divided between the legally qualified teachers in conjoined proportion to the number of "authorized days taught " and to the class of license held by the teacher.

In Manitoba each municipality a is required to appropriate a specified amount ($20 for each teacher employed for each month the school is kept open) in addition to il variable amount, depending upon the current expenditure for the schools.

The need of some regulation proportioning the provincial grant to the amount raised locally is recognized in New Brunswick, where many districts seem content to leave their schools to the meager provision from the legislative grant, although fully able to bear a part in their financial support.

In all the provinces the public school systems include secondary schools corresponding to the high schools of our own country. These high schools have generally an extended curriculum and prepare students for matriculation in the universities.

The history of higher education in the older Canadian provinces antedates that of public provision for elementary schools. As early as 1798 an appropriation of 500,000 acres of land was made for the establishment of a university and grammar or preparatory schools in Toronto, but the charter for the university was not secured until 18–27. Laral University was founded by the Seminary of Quebec (ecclesiastical organization) in 1852 and secured a royal charter the same year.

The influence of these and of kinilred institutions may be traced throughout the subsequent history of education in the Dominion. They have aided materially in maintaining a high standard of secondary education. The high schools of Ontario prepare students for the matriculation examination at the university, and the precedent tbus set has been followed in the other provinces.

Everywhere the disposition is manifest to keep an open road from the public schools to the universities and to do away entirely with class distinctions in education.

The following tables present in summaries the principal statistics of the public schools in the several provinces. For convenience of reference the educational statistics are preceded by a table of populations in which the population is classified as Roman Catholic and Protestant, a distinction of much importance on account of its bearing upon the provision for separate schools, as already explained.

. For purposes of civil administration a municipal organization is adopted in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. This organization comprises : (a) The townships, being rural districts of an area of 8 or 10 square miles; (b) villages with a population of over 750; (c) towns with a population of over 2,000 ; such of these as are comprised within a large district, called a county, constitute (d) the county municipality; (e) cities are established from the growth of towns when their population exceeds 15,000." (Canada Statistical Yearbook.)

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