Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

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TEXAS IN 1860.

the public generally, and especially of the friends of
education.
A great deficiency is felt by those who have the care
of schools in Texas, and it is a matter of much importance
to the educational interests of the State, that an
immediate improvement be made, by introducing a uniform
system of books that may serve as a standard,
which are elevated in moral sentiment as well as literary
merit. It appears that this subject has not been sufficiently
appreciated from the number and variety of poor
school books which are extant. The difficulty of obtaining
suitable books is probably the cause of this defect,
and therefore appears the importance and necessity of
booksellers being encouraged, as harbingers of a more
correct system of education, than has hitherto been
enjoyed.
" Among the duties of the guardians of public education,
it is one thing to provide the ways and means
in support of the cause, another to obtain competent
teachers, and last to furnish them, as you would the
mechanic or artist, if you expect the best result from
their labors, with proper tools and materials -that is
to say, with the best books. Money lavished in the
purchase of inferior books is not only lost, but that time
which is the most precious to the young for improvement,
is gone, and cannot be redeemed."
" Every good teacher is aware of the importance of
placing the best school books, and none other, in the
hands of his pupils. On the fitness of these assistants
in the business of educating, depends much of the ease

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