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Science in the Common Examination for Entrance to Public Schools

Nature volume 70, page 223 (07 July 1904) | Download Citation



IN the interests of education, may I ask you to find room in your columns for the enclosed copy of the science paper recently set in the above examination? The average age of the candidates may be taken as about thirteen years. Comment is almost superfluous. The effect, whether intentional or not on the part of those who set the questions, of such an examination paper must be to discourage science in the preparatory schools. No boy of thirteen years of age could or should be expected to answer more than a very small portion of so advanced a paper. If headmasters of preparatory schools are led to imagine that this is the kind of thing that is expected of their pupils, in very despair they will be forced to abandon science entirely, and fall back upon its alternative in this examination—Latin verse.

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  1. Charterhouse, Godalming, July 2. June 29, 1904.—SEVENTH PAPER. (Alternative with Latin Verse.)



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