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Should the Public Schools Furnish Text-Books Free to All Pupils? free pdf Excerpt from Should the Public Schools Furnish d104-Books Free to All Pupils? "What was the result? The official report of the secretary, Dr. Northrop, for the year 1869, shows that the actual increase in school attendance during that year was about six thousand pupils, though there was no perceptible increase in the total population of the state. The next year there was another increase of about five thousand. Secretary Northrop, in express terms, attributes this increase to the removal of the rate bill. About eleven thousand pupils, then in Connecticut, prior to 1869, had been kept out of school by the rate bill, although its average amount did not exceed three dollars a year. "Is it objected that the experience of Connecticut is peculiar? Take a very different community - California. In 1866 a rate bill existed in many towns in that state. The amount paid by each child for attendance was, on an average, about twenty-five cents a month, or two dollars and a half during the school year of ten months. In 1866 the rate bill was abolished by law in California. The consequent increase in attendance was six and one-half percent. In other words, a number equal to one-sixteenth of the entire school attendance had been debarred from instruction by the slight tax of twenty-five cents a month. "Is further evidence needed to show that many children are kept away from school by the requirement to pay two or three dollars a year? Take the state of New York. Five days ago, wishing to ascertain the facts with precision, the writer consulted the highest authority in that state, Hon. S. B. Woolworth, now and for many years past the Secretary of the Regents of the University of the State of New York. He replied, under date of Albany, N. Y., Dec. 24, 1878, as follows: "'The rate bill was abolished by law in New York in the year 1867. The increase in attendance in the public schools, consequent upon this abolition of rate bills, is estimated at 22,000 the first year, 50,000 the second year and 78,000 the third year. The average amount of tuition, i. e., the average amount of the rate bill, was perhaps $2.75.' "There is no resisting the conclusion from such facts as these. If in California a number equal to one-sixteenth of the whole attendance, if in Connecticut 11,000 children, if in New York 78,000 children, all of whom had been growing up in ignorance, were drawn into public schools by exempting them from the payment of twenty-five cents or thirty cents a month for tuition, then it is safe to conclude that there are multitudes who would be likely to be drawn into the public schools by exempting them from the payment of an equal sum for books and stationery. "Here we may be allowed to speak a brief word for those who are too humble or too feeble to speak for themselves. Indeed, they cannot speak without bringing upon themselves new shame. "Their tender love for their children, their ardent desire to secure for them a better lot than that of their parents, prompts the sending of them to the public school. But they have not even money enough for bread and decent clothing and they cannot buy books. Private charity does not supply them and is totally inadequate to supply them. For such the public schools are not free- they must make the humiliating confession of utter poverty before they can receive the boon of instruction. This undeserved shame is the price they and their children must pay for education. "They recoil from the idea of 'coming upon the parish.' No laceration more cruel of the feelings of a sensitive parent or child can be found. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Author : William I Marshall
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 26 November 2015
ISBN : 1330957563
EAN : 9781330957561
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