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Schools, Public, Colonial action concerning, 6.
School Fund, Resolve in relation to, 5.

when established, 6; origin, increase and expenditure of, 7.
moiety of income insufficient, 9; quarter-mill tax recommended, 10.

Report of Commissioners of, 135.
Secretary of the Board of Education, Report of, 120.

financial statement of, 60.
Smith, Walter, Fourth Annual Report of, 72.

free evening drawing classes, 73.
drawing in day schools, 74.
drawing in Normal schools, 77.
exhibition of drawings, etc., 78.

comparison of awards, by state examiners, 80.
Special Agents, Reports of, 90, 96, 94.
Statistics of Public Schools, 120. (See Abstracts, at the close.)

summary of, 120.
Supervision, 98, 129.
Superintendents of cities and towns, 99.
Survey of the State, 20.

Tables, graduated, of statistics. (See Appendix.)
Teachers' Institutes, 14, 74, 94, 100, 105, 141.

when and where held, 142, 143.

numbers attending, and exercises at, 142, 143.
Teachers, frequent change of, 105, 112, 123.

deficiency of, 115, 124.
number of, 123.

Normal, number of, employed in 1874-75.
Toda Fund, income of, 71.
Town Reports. (See extracts that follow the Report of the Secretary.)
Treasurer's Report. (See Report of State Auditor.)

financial statement of, 63.
Truant By-laws, 124.

Walton, George A., Report of, as Special Agent of the Board, 96.

services of, 96; signs of progress, 97; supervision of schools, 98.

district system, 98; examination of teachers, etc., 99.
Westfield Normal School, Report of Visitors of, 32.

statistics of, 32; lectures, cabinet, teaching chemistry, 34, 35.

appropriation for, 71, 73.
White, Joseph, Report of, as Secretary of the Board, 120.
Worcester Normal School, Report of Visitors of, 48.

statistics of, 48; lectures, library, laboratory, etc., 49.
sanitary regimen of, 50; appropriations for, 70.

TOPICS IN THE ABSTRACTS OF SCHOOL COMMITTEES” REPORTS.

Absenteeism, 97, 131, 140, 142, 149, 191.
Agents of Board of Education, usefulness of, 64, 70.
Agassiz, memorial of, 210.
Apparatus, 5, 62, 68, 103, 146, 147.
Appropriations, expenditure of, 2, 60, 66, 82, 83, 143.
Arithmetic, study of, 146.
Attendance, 18, 33, 59, 61, 70, 108, 133, 140, 144, 148, 150, 186, 194, 197, 198, 208.

irregular, 2, 35, 40, 48, 62, 94, 131, 142.
compulsory, 13, 28, 30, 73, 152.

Boston, schools of, 154.

special schools of, 179.
deaf-mute school, 181.
sewing in, 154, 177.
Latin School in, 154.
Girls' High School, 155, 182.
Normal School, 156, 160, 166.
vocal music in, 162, 175.
drawing in, 168, 167, 172.
studies in, 162.
superintendent's report of, 160.
truant officers, 161.
military drill, 174.
Primary Schools, 166, 171, 183.
Grammar Schools, 166, 171.

physical education, 173.
Bowler, O. H., tribute to memory of, 117.

Children employed in manufacturing establishments, 113.

law concerning, and form of certificate, 113.
Common School System, 33, 150.

progress of, 36, 136, 137, 149, 150.
Composition, 35.
College, relation of, to schools, 205.
Cooperation, 37, 43, 68, 75, 105, 195.
Corporal Punishment, 38, 98.
County Superintendence, 95.

Deaf-mute school of Boston, 181.
District System, 63, 150.

evils of, 97, 101, 137.
Discipline, 75, 76, 81, 100, 133, 135.
Drawing, 6, 7, 11, 21, 29, 30, 31, 50, 52, 56, 57, 62, 70, 75, 78, 81, 91, 99, 102, 107, 112, 115,

116, 118, 122, 126, 131, 132, 135, 138, 141, 142, 158, 167, 171, 172, 186, 188, 192, 193,

194, 197, 202, 203, 208.
Dismissing from school, 149.

Education, political importance of, 31, 54, 58, 59, 60, 69, 96, 125, 185, 189.

compulsory, 13, 28, 30, 73, 142, 149.
end of, 9, 31, 49, 55, 64, 65, 66, 144, 187, 195.
pecuniary value of, 96, 149, 189.

right of children to it, 199.
Evening Schools, 7, 12, 69, 90, 109, 122, 179.

for drawing, 8, 110, 180.
Examination of Schools, 129.
Exhibitions of, 200.

Free text-books, 15, 44, 47, 57, 92, 104, 125, 143.
Factory Schools, 21, 91.
Female teachers, 74, 82, 98.

Geography, 73, 78.
Graded Schools, 78, 103.

classification and promotion, 79, 204.
Grammar, study of, 50, 152, 162.
Grammar Schools, 74, 77, 120, 171.

course of study in, 151, 156, 166.

Half-time Schools, 30.
High Schools, 10, 19, 53, 57, 67, 70, 75, 85, 105, 182, 203.

courses of study in, 75, 107, 108.
need of, 145.
for girls, 155.

influence of, on other schools, 205.
Holidays, evil of, 91.
Home training, 15, 29, 64, 124, 135, 140.

Ignorance in relation to crime, 142, 194.
Industrial Education, 6, 7, 8, 11, 31, 111, 121.
“ Institute Schools,” or Catholic Schools, 71.

Kindergarten Schools, 179.

Latin School. (See Boston.)
Language, sounds of, 128.

use of, 128, 129.
Loud, John W., Hon., notice of, 137.
Libraries, 56.

Military drill, 174.
Moral instruction, 51, 59, 69, 187.
Morals and manners, 38, 134, 196.

enforcement of, outside the school building, 145.
Music in Schools, 5, 49, 77, 103, 122, 138, 159, 162.

Normal Schools, 103, 125, 187.

Oral instruction, 90, 118.

Parents, relation and duty of, to teachers and schools, 29, 45, 63, 68, 83, 87, 122, 133, 144,

147, 148, 199.
Pratt, Nathan, Esq., bequests of, for library and engravings, etc., for high school, 98, 99.
Physical exercises, 90, 173.
Primary Schools, 74, 89, 118, 119, 151, 166, 171, 183, 185, 200.

Quarter-mill tax, 113.

Reading, 42, 81, 112, 188.

Salaries and wages of teachers, 73, 208.
School-books, 15, 44, 47, 51.

advantage of free text-books, 92, 93, 104, 125, 143.
School-houses, 14, 48, 64, 82, 203.

new houses not defaced like old ones, 94.

should be kept neat and clean, 134.
Schools, Public, when commence, 14.

length of, 3, 85, 87, 88, 89, 124, 132, 197.
evil of being too small, 61, 88, 187.
causes of want of success of, 100, 133. .
withdrawal of scholars from, 101.
rudimental branches of, 112.
methods of teaching in, 127, 190.
too many, 141.
conveyance of children to, 200.
exhibition of, 200.

visiting of, 202.
Serving in Public Schools, 46, 154, 209.
Spelling, 18, 42, 129.

phonetic, 136.
Supervision, 80, 114.
Superintendents of schools, 63, 64, 84, 114, 137.

Table of expense and average attendance in all the cities, 72.
Teachers' Institutes, 130, 203.
Teachers, qualifications of, 9, 17, 22, 51, 66, 77, 88, 130, 139, 200, 204.

culture of, 23, 43, 67, 88, 95, 200, 205.
selection of, 27, 52, 191.
not to be changed often, 37, 50, 65, 82, 98, 198.
should coöperate with committee, 43.
giving private lessons, 53.
meetings of, 68, 105.
crowding forward pupils, 84.
labors of, 106, 123.
good, characteristies of, 139.
classification of, 191.
authority of, 196, 199.
of Primary Schools, 200.

salaries of, 208.
Trees for shade, 31.
Thoroughness in study, 38, 86, 94.
Training schools or classes, 20, 43, 45, 65, 74, 204, 205.
Truancy, 9, 22, 41, 43, 72.
Truants, 4.

truant officers, efficiency of, 4, 44, 100, 109, 130, 149, 161, 191.
school for, 76.
by-laws relating to truants, 191.

Ventilation, 39, 134.

Wages, 73, 80, 82, 97, 201.
Walton, G. A., agency of, 81, 87, 203.
Writing, 42, 70, 117, 127.

APPENDIX.

Abstract of School Returns, i.

tabular statement of, ii.
recapitulation of, lvi.

Evening Schools, lix.

Schools in State Institutions, Ix.

Tables, graduated, first scries, showing the sum appropriated for each person between 5

and 15, lxi.
2d series, showing the ratio of the valuation of the towns or cities to their appro-

priations for schools, Ixxxi
3d series, showing the ratio of the average attendance to the number o! person's

between 5 and 15 in the State, xciv.

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