This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1853 Excerpt: ... STATE OF MICHIGAN No. 6. LEGISLATURE, 1853. ANNUAL REPORT of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Superintendent of Public Instruction begs leave respectfully to report: That the system of Public Instruction, as established by the framers of the first constitution, and in existence in Michigan, since the year 1836, provided for tho appointment of a Superintendent of Public Instruction, whose duties were defined by law; for "a system of common schools, by which a school should be kept up and supported in each school district, at least three months, in every year;" for the establishment of libraries, one, at least, in each township; and for a University, with such branches for its support as the public convenience might require for the promotion of literature, the arts and sciences, and as might be authorized by the terms of the grant. Under these constitutional provisions, the first law defined the duties of the Superintendent, created a Board of Regents, and established a system of Primary Schools, under the direction of officers of the townships, denominated a Board of School Inspectors, and officers of the district, designated Moderator, Director, and Assessor. Tho system, as thus established, underwent, from time to time, various modifications and amendment?, both as relates to taxation for he support of schools, and in various details pertaining to it, until after a few years of change, it settled down upon the basis upon which it now rests. Within the past ten years the system has been gradually approaching a state of perfection, satisfactory to thepeople, so that now no general complaints reach this office in relation to it. A few complaints, it is true, are made as yet, relating to some of these details, appertaining more generally to the pr...
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