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Serial: Debow's review, Agricultural, commercial, industrial progress and resources.
Title: Home Education at the South [Volume 18, Issue 5, May 1855; pp. 655-668]
Author: Marshall, Rev. C. K.
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JOURNAL OF EDUCATI(i;. IIOIE EDUCATION AT TIIE SOUTH. Our readers who have examined the able paper of Mr. Roante, in the last number of the Review, upon education and schools north and south, must have been surprised by the re sults which are demonstrated there in facts and figures. In order to carry out the subject from other points, and to fix upon the minds of southern people more deeply a sense of their duties and responsibilities we give place with pleasure to a paper by the Rev. C. K. Marshall, of Mississippi, em bracing many views presented by him at the late southern convention, in connexion with the following resolutions: 1st. Resolved, That this convention looks with peculiar gratification upon the prosperous condition of the several State institutions, and the praiseworthy exer tions of the different Christian denominations in the cause of education within the States here represented, and hereby tenders to them its grateful recognition of their momentous work, and the remarkable success which has crowned their toils. 2d. Resolved, That this convention earnestly recommends all parents and guardians within these States to consider well, that to neglect the claims of their own seminaries and colleges, and patronize and enrich those of remote States, is fraught with peril to our sacred interests, perpetuating our dependence on those who do not understand and cannot appreciate our necessities and responsibilities, and at the same time fixi -- a lasting reproach upon our own institutions, teachers, and people. 3d. Resolved, That among the most important measures necessary to the suc cess of our educational interests is the establishment, by the southern and south western States, of normal schools, for the free admission of such persons, of both sexes, as may wish to devote themselves to the profession of teaching within their borders; and this convention respectfully solicits the attention of the governors and legislatures of these States to the importance of this subject. 4th. Resolved, Tlhtt this convention respectfully recommends to the legislatures of these States the importance of eicouraging the production, by their own citizens, scholars, printers and publishers, of such school books as may be necessary for elementary and general education, by the offer of suitable prizes for the best books, of different classes, to be decided on by appropriate committees, appointed to judge of their merits; such books always to be printed and published within the southern and southwestern States. 5th. Resolved. That a special committee, consisting of Henry A. Griswold, of Louisville, Kentucky; J. J. McCarter, of Charleston, South Carolina; J. B. Steel, of New Orleans, Louisiana; David Cushing, of Baltimore, Maryland; and William T. Berry, of Nashville, Tennessee, be appointed a committee, by this convention, to prepare a report, to be published with the proceedings, upon the subject of the book trade of the south and west, embracing such statistical facts in regard to the publication and manufacture of books, both literary, scientific, and instructive, as are adapted to the school system and the general wants of the south and west, and report, at their earliest convenience, to the secretary of this body. 7