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Juvenile Employment and Continuation Education

Naturevolume 88page531 (1912) | Download Citation



DURING recent years the efforts of reformers of our national system of education have been concentrated to a considerable extent upon two great problems, namely, the early age at which education ceases for most boys and girls, and the entry of so many boys into “blind alley “industries, resulting a few years later in their being thrown, unqualified and unskilled, upon the labour market. With regard to continuing elementary education to a later date, but little progress has been made of recent years. Unfortunately, Mr. Runciman's Bill of 1911, dealing with questions such as the raising of the “leaving age,” the abolition of “half-time,” and compulsory attendance at continuation schools, was not pressed through, and no intimation has yet been given that the Government intends to bring into operation, if possible, even one of the reforms covered by the Bill of 1911.


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