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own experiences and thoughts instead of those of older people. It is a new departure in book-making and should be examined with care, as it will be with deep interest, by those whose duty and privilege it is to live with the children and sympathetically guide their young minds and lives into wholesome channels of thought and experience.
GRAY WOLF STORIES. Indian Mystery Tales. By Bernard Sexton. The Macmillan Company. Price $1.75.
This attractive volume, containing many interesting and original illustrations, will be sure to entertain boys and girls, while it will also impress upon their imaginations and emotions sentiments of sympathy and kindness toward the animals and of love for nature as a whole. It relates for modern youngsters some favorite stories from old Indian legends. It has a place in the school and in the home.
A DAUGHTER OF THE MIDDLE BORDER. By Hamlin Garland. The Macmillan Company. Price $2.00.
This charming novel of reality carries forward the author's interesting narrative in a previous volume, the two being not really novels, but rather an autobiographical story of social and historical events with many notable and wholesome people as the "dramatis personæ."
ADVANCED GEOGRAPHY. By Frank M. McMurry and A. E. Parkins. The Macmillan Company.
Most of the readers of EDUCATION are probably familiar with this admirable Geography. The former edition has been so widely used as to establish a record and to make a reputation for its authors and publishers. Various causes, such as the advance of human knowledge and the changes wrought by War, and the downfall or the upspringing of nations and states, make necessary new editions of books on this subject. A good Geography secures an enviable place in the program of a Publishing House that once establishes its book in the popular favor. This is not easy, but once done, successive revisions enable the author and publishers gradually to approximate perfection. An examination of this book creates this impression. It is not, to be sure, the only one upon the market to which high praise and high rank can be given. But it certainly is safe to say that McMurry and Parkin's Advanced Geography is "one of the best." In an eminent degree it sets forth the best and most modern facts in an up-to-date manner, having regard to modern teaching methods. Part I. deals with North America; Part II. with the general geography of the Earth; Part III. with South America; Part IV. with Europe; Parts V, VI, VII, VIII, with Asia, Australia, New Zealand and
Pacific Islands, Africa and a comparison of the United States with other countries, respectively. Elaborate maps, both colored and plain, and numerous excellent illustrations abound. No subject is more interesting to the average child than is Geography. And upon none are there more elaborate and alluring textbooks. This one makes the reviewer almost envious of the youth of today as he remembers the "dry-bones" textbooks on this subject that were in use in the schools of yesterday.
BOOKS RECEIVED BY THE BOOK REVIEW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Elementary Qualitative Analysis of the Metals and Acid Radicals: A Laboratory Manual. By Frederick C. Reeve, E. E. D. Van Nostrand Co., Publishers.
The Value of Supervision; Demonstrated with the Zone Plan in Rural Schools. By Marvin Summers Pittman. Warwick and York.
The Alo Man; Stories from the Congo. Illustrated. By Mara L. Pratt-Chadwick and L. Lamphrey. World Book Company. And, by the same Publishers: Making a High School Program. By Myron W. Richardson. This is one of a series of School Efficiency Monographs.
The Meadow Folk's Story Hour. By Prudence Gruelle. Illustrated by Nell Hatt. The Gregg Publishing Company. Price 68 cents.
The Test and Study Speller. By Daniel Starch and George A. Mirick. Books I, II, and III. Silver Burdett and Company.
Miscellaneous Studies in the History of Music. By O. G. Sonneck. Macmillan Company.
Old and New. Sundry Papers by C. H. Grandgent, L. H. D. Harvard University Press.
Principles of Teaching in Secondary Education. By Herbert H. Foster, Ph. D. Charles Scribner's Sons. Price $1.75.
Practical English for New Americans. By Rose M. O'Toole. D. C. Heath and Company.
English Readings for Commercial Classes. Edited by Cheesman A. Herrick, Ph. D., LL. D. (Macmillan's Commercial Series.)
Practical Business Arithmetic. By Helen J. Kiggen. Macmillan Com
The Intelligence of High School Seniors. By William F. Book. Macmillan Company.
Methods and Material for Composition. Intermediate and Grammar Grades. By Alhambra G. Deming. Beckley-Cardy Company. Price $1.20. The Perfect Gentle Knight. By Hester G. Jenkins. Paper. World Book Company.
In Occupied Belgium. Illustrated. By Robert Withington. Cornhill Publishing Company.
Modern Essays. Reprinted from "The Times." By J. W. Mackail, LL. D. Longmans, Green and Company. Price $1.00.
State Maintenance for Teachers in Training. By Walter Scott Hertzog. Warwick and York, Inc.
The Beggar's Vision. By Brooks More. Cornhill Publishing Company. Price $2.00.
Inductive French Grammar. By William W. Lamb. Macmillan Company.
BODE: Fundamentals of Education.
MCCALL: How to Measure in Education
DAVIS: The Technique of Teaching
THORNDIKE: Psychology of Arithmetic
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Tenth Annual Convention on Rural Education, at the State Normal School, Worcester, Massachusetts. SubjectPressing Problems of the Rural Schools
Tests of Good Farming and
DR. KENYON L. BUTTERFIELD, PRESIDENT OF THE
T was with pleasure that I accepted the invitation to speak from this platform this morning, for it has always seemed to me that the matters considered at your conferences are very significant problems. But I have queried as to what contribution I could make to the particular theme of the morning. I cannot bring you any new notes from the rural school field. Long before many of you were born, I taught a rural district school out in Michigan. But that was a good many years ago, and my experience would not be of any value to you here today. It was a little district school out in Michigan, and much educational water has gone under the bridge since those days. I did not know much about teaching school, anyway—I just taught! I cannot bring you the results, or interpret for you the results, of research into educational processes. Nor am I sufficiently familiar with the rural school as it is being developed under the leadership of today to tell the story of a model community or a model country school.
Perhaps the best I can do, under the circumstances, is to suggest some tests of good farming, on the one hand, and some of the