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Vol. V. No. 1.)
JOHN D. PAILBRICK, EDITOR OF THIS NUMBER.
MR. BATES, who was announced as the editor of this number, having declined the appointment, Mr. PHILBRICK, at the request of the Executive Committee, assumed the responsibility of preparing the matter for the press.
With the present number, the “Teacher” enters upon the fifth year of its existence, and we embrace the opportunity which the commencement of a new year affords, to present a brief sketch of its history, design and prospects.
“The Massachusetts Teacher" is conducted by a Board of Editors, who are appointed annually by the Massachusetts State Teachers' Association, of which body it is the responsible organ. It was established because it was believed that our profession needed a paper of its own. Teachers felt that a Teachers' journal was needed, -one which would come home directly to
business and bosoms." They believed that such a publication might be made a powerful instrument in advancing the interests of education, and of elevating the profession of teaching
Accordingly, at the third annual meeting of the State Association, held at Springfield, about four years since, a committee was appointed consisting of twelve practical teachers, for the purpose of "devising and carrying into execution some plan for the publication of a Teachers' Journal.”
After mature deliberation, that committee agreed upon the following plan for the establishment of a journal :
1. A journal shall be issued semi-monthly, and be called