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The Position of Technical Instruction in England

Nature volume 88, pages 319321 (04 January 1912) | Download Citation



DURING the last six months or so there have been issued several reports which deal in broad outline with the position of technical instruction in England. The last annual report of the British Science Guild deals with the financial position of higher technical education and with the need tor coordination and centralisation of our resources. Attention is directed to the close connection between scientific research and prosperity of national industries, wThich more and more closely follows the encouragement of scientific investigations. The report of the Imperial Education Conference contained a strong indictment by Mr. J. H. Reynolds, director of higher education for Manchester, of the lack of appreciation of science shown by many political and industrial leaders. The discussion at the Portsmouth meeting of the British Association Section L report on overlapping of educational work brought clearly into view the lamentable truncation of our secondary education, which fails to provide, except in the case of a small minority of pupils, any adequate foundation for higher study of a proper university grade. The Board of Education has quite recently published statistics which emphasise the poor attendance of students at places of higher technical instruction. Readers of NATURE are already aware of the main facts; unfortunately they are not sufficiently realised by the general public.

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