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On motion, the Board of Directors voted to approve the petition and to authorize the petitioners to organize a department to be known as the Educational Department of National Organizations of Women.
DIRECTOR JOHN MACDONALD, of Kansas: At a meeting of the Board of Directors in Washington in 1898, they adopted certain forms of spelling for twelve words. This action was carried by a vote of eighteen to seventeen. I think there are three members present in this Board of Directors who were present at that meeting. The change in spelling at that time affected twelve words. I now propose that action be rescinded so far as it applies to three of the twelve words. Nine years is sufficiently long to find out whether the American press and American people are going to follow the lead of the Board of Directors at its Washington meeting. During these nine years the American press has refused to have anything to do with these words. I therefore offer the following resolution and move its adoption:
Resolved: That the Secretary of the National Education Association be hereby instructed to use the standard spelling in the printing of the following words wherever they may occur in the Proceedings or in any other publications of the Association: Through in all its compounds and variations; Thorough in all its compounds and variations; Though in all its compounds and variations.
The resolution of Director MacDonald was adopted by a vote of twelve to eight, thirteen directors not voting.
The committee on the nomination of members of the National Council of Education reported through its chairman, Charles H. Keyes, of Connecticut, as follows:
To the Board of Directors of the National Education Association:
Your Committee on nominations of members of the National Council of Education recommends the following:
J. H. PHILLIPS, Birmingham, Alabama, to succeed himself, term expires 1912.
T. A. MOTT, Richmond, Indiana, to succeed Calvin N. Kendall, term expires 1912. GEORGE B. COOK, Hot Srings, Arkansas, to succeed A. R. Taylor, Decatur, Illinois, term expires 1913.
STRATTON D. BROOKS, Boston, Mass., to succeed Charles D. McIver, Greensboro, N. C., deceased, term expires 1913.
O. J. CRAIG, Missoula, Mont., to succeed Charles F. Thwing, Cleveland, Ohio, term expires 1908.
DAVID C. FELMLEY, Normal, Illinois, to succeed Albert G. Lane, Chicago, Ill., deceased, term expires 1908.
DAVID B. JOHNSON, Rock Hill, S. C., to succeed Wm. L. Bryan, Bloomington, Ind., term expires 1908.
BENJAMIN IDE WHEELER, Berkeley, California, to succeed Wm. R. Harper, Chicago, Ill., deceased, term expires 1909.
On motion, the report of the Committee on Nominations of members of the Council was accepted and adopted and the nominees were declared elected to the several terms indicated in the report.
There being no further business, the Board of Directors adjourned.
IRWIN SHEPARD, Secretary.
The following committees were appointed subsequent to the close of the convention in accordance with the authorization of the Board of Directors, as noted in foregoing minutes.
COMMITTEE ON A NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
BENJAMIN IDE WHEELER, president of the University of California.
COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION FOR RURAL SCHOOLS LORENZO D. HARVEY, superintendent of public schools and Stout training schools, Menominee, Wis., chairman.
ELMER ELLSWORTH BROWN, United States commissioner of education, Washington, D. C.
O. J. KERN, superintendent of schools, Winnebago Co., Rockford, Ill.
MARTIN G. BRUMBAUGH, superintendent of schools, Philadelphia, Pa.
J. W. CARR, superintendent of schools, Dayton, Ohio.
COMMITTEE ON SHORTAGE IN SUPPLY OF TEACHERS
I. C. MCNEILL, superintendent of Schools, Memphis, Tenn., chairman.
COMMITTEE ON PROVISIONS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR EXCEPTIONAL
JAMES H. VAN SICKLE, superintendent of city schools, Baltimore, Md., chairman.
CARROLL G. PEARSE, superintendent city schools, Milwaukee, Wis.
LLOYD E. WOLF, superintendent of schools, San Antonio, Tex.
A committee on the culture element in education and also a committee on manual training (to be appointed by the Department of Manual Training) were also authorized but the names of the appointees had not been received at the time of going to press.
IRWIN SHEPARD, Secretary.
GENERAL SESSIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION
ADDRESSES AND DISCUSSIONS
ADDRESS OF WELCOME
REV. ROBERT J. BURDETTE, PASADENA, CAL.
Mr. President, and Members of the National Educational Association: In the name of all the people of the City of Our Lady of the Angels, I extend you a welcome as romantic as our past, as warm as our present, and as big as our future. Now don't get our present and future transposed. We have been homesick for you, ever since you came and went away, leaving memories of your visit, sweet as the perfume of pressed flowers in the pages of a cherished book. We have made ready for your coming. "Wisdom hath builded her house; she hath also furnished her table; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither." And you have heard, and understood, and come. "As for him that is void of understanding," she saith to him, "Come eat of my bread." And I am here to partake of her feast of good things. Some of you, who came early, made the mistake of bringing your own climate along with you. You should not have done that. We have a much better one for you-one of our own invention. At least, it has been charged that we invent a great deal of it. We acknowledge that we do manufacture it. The formula is very simple. You take all the best climates of all the rest of the world, take out the best of them at the best season of the best year, blend them; refine them a little, and you have a fair imitation of California climate at its worst. It is not protected by patent, but it is forbidden to manufacture it outside of the State. I would tell you more about our climate, but being a minister of the gospel, I am hampered by rigid limitations, and cannot speak freely and broadly as I should.
It is a joy, spiced with a thrill of adventure, to meet a school teacher in vacation. It is like meeting a lion in the jungle, whom you used to tease in his cage. You are genuinely glad to see him, but you wonder about two things-if he remembers, and if he harbors resentment. My school days were ended, happily for you, before any of you were born. If you will promise to say nothing about it outside this auditorium, that the schools may not suffer thereby, I will confess that I am a product of the public schools. They were not so remarkable for their productions in those days as they have since become. I must have been one of the by-products. The high school of Peoria, Illinois, was my college. I knew so much when I was graduated from that institution, that I could not bring it all away with me. Consequently,
I have been going back to the public schools for the rest of it ever since. I went from school straight into the army. War seemed so calm and tranquil and peaceful after my stormy school days. It was such a relief to go from Corporal Punishment to Corporal Atkins. Every teacher who had a part in directing my education ought to have a war pension from the government. I think a dollar a minute would be about right. My first teacher, Ephraim Hinman, is now living here in Los Angeles. He is a Methodist, and that great church ought to make a bishop of him, for his grandly successful work among the heathen. I don't see why they haven't done so. Perhaps they found out that I was one of his converts. I was a maverick when I started to school, all right, but successive dynasties of instructors put the proper brand all over me, before I was finally broken to the yoke and plow. I wasn't professedly a believer in corporal punishment. But I was better than most professors and nominal believers. I practiced the doctrine right along. At least, I lived up to it. It did me good and does me good unto this day. It makes a great many things beautifully clear to me. "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous," says the great Apostle, "but grievous." I don't need any commentary on that passage. I am a seminary exegete on that part of the epistle. But I can truly say that all my chastisements at school are at this day among my most joyous memories. I laugh every time I think of one. Not so much about the whipping, as over the recollection of the jolly good old time I had earning it. I was recklessly happy as a man who is acquiring the gout for his grandsons. But all that went in the curriculum. My school days were happy, seriously speaking. I was a happy boy. All the year round I was happy. And in the loyal, tender, loving niches of my heart I have builded the fairest shrines my affection can fashion, wherein I have placed the images of the saints who were my school teachers. Some of them are living; some are dead; the living are all old and gray. But there, where I alone can see them, they are all living; they are all young, with the morning light of love and enthusiasm shining in their faces. Memory makes them beautiful, and the years cluster about their brows like stars. For their sakes you are all young and fair and good, and with my own dear teachers standing in my thought for every one of you, I bid you welcome-welcome-welcome.
W. T. HARRIS, WASHINGTON, D. C.
Mr. Burdette, Ladies and Gentlemen of Los Angeles:
I am requested by the President of the National Educational Association. to return thanks for the words of cordial welcome to which we have just now listened. I desire to tell you how glad we are to come to California and to Los Angeles. We teachers of the East and the North and the South and of the Mountain States see a very great career for education in California.