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London County Council Conference of Teachers

Nature volume 85, pages 353354 (12 January 1911) | Download Citation



THE meetings held at Birkbeck College on January 5, 6, and 7, were no less important than those of the twelve preceding years. Indeed, the general standard of papers read was higher. The audiences ranged from 500 to 800, and they showed a better appreciation of improved principles and methods than was evident, say, seven years ago. In the case of the earlier conferences there was undoubtedly a tendency for the listeners to say, “This method of teaching is all very well—ideal perhaps—but impossible under the conditions in my school.” By his organisation of these conferences, Dr. Kimmins has brought home to those who have attended them the fact that work of the finest quality is actually done under conditions which appear, or even are, the most adverse. Not once, but fifty times, have these meetings demonstrated that the possibility of working on improved lines depends on the inspiration of the teacher.

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