The Politics of Education

The Politics of Education : The Problem of Free Education Considered (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Politics of Education: The Problem of Free Education Considered The subject of Free Education suffers under two serious disadvantages, which tend to bias unfavourably the public judgment. In the first place, the ever-increasing claims of the Education Department upon the taxpayer, together with the gourd-like growth of School Board claims upon the ratepay er, try the public patience to a 'degree which reaches the point of alarm, when further millions are asked' for in order to free our elementary schools from the payment of fees. In the second place, Free Education has, unfortunately, been made a party cry, and, as a consequence, the advocates of the fee system come to the discussion of the question with the appearance of party feeling and a lack of sympathy for the poor. The Conserva tive instinct that leads us along the old ways which have served us well in the past, until we see our way clear to something better, thus plays as it were into the hands of extremists, and gives to destructives a seeming monopoly of sentiment and sympathy for distress. If there is any one subject that should be lifted out of the sphere of party politics it is that of national education, the influence of which is universal and permeates every grade of society and every individual citizen. The example of our clergy, who, ' Conservative by tradition, office, habit, and feeling, nobly bore, for generations before the era of School Boards. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 104g
  • English
  • 22 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243227841
  • 9780243227846