The Fortnightly Volume 14; V. 20

The Fortnightly Volume 14; V. 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...mea-(vulgar not mnrcthnn sion. (money). sures). and deci I 4 figures, '!nlL) 1 and the mul I tiplicatinn I table to 6, times 12. i syllable. narrat ivc. ' l number of children in the schools are over ten years old, and 1.32 per cent. over fourteen years old; second, that a large proportion of the children go out of the schools at ten, and learn no more as long as they live; third, that of all the children over ten who were examined in the year ending Aug. 31,1872 (namely, 318,934), only 122,704 passed in all the subjects of even the three lower standards. Now make as many allowances as you will for those who were absent from the inspection for other reasons than non-qualification; for those who were qualified by attainments but not by attendances; for those who were for economic reasons presented in a lower standard than their attainments would have justified; for those who passed in two out of the three subjects and only failed in one: the broad result is still this, ---that the mass of the children leaving school at 10 or 11, do so without any real, effective, or lasting facility in the use of the simplest intellectual instruments. Figures and standards convey only one part of the evil. Another question remains, to which the answer is still more unsatisfactory. Even when a child can pass the new Third Standard, what does that mean? "As regards the actual amount of education which is got in our schools," writes one inspector, "by the children who are examined in the provisions of the New Code, I believe that a considerable number learn to write a fairly legible hand; but that few learn to read-without rgfl'0rt such books as c/zildren of their age ought to read /with perfect ease. For example, I have heard more

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