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Science in the Public School and the Civil Service

Nature volume 96, pages 671673 (17 February 1916) | Download Citation



FROM the welter of the billows which have recently beaten about the place of science in education, in the columns of the periodical Press, two main points stand out, namely, those of the dominance of classical and literary teaching in our great Public Schools, and its influence upon the older universities and the public Services. Our political leaders and administrators of State departments are in the main trained in these schools, where vested interests preserve the prime places in the curriculum for ancient learning, and scientific subjects are discouraged for students who hope to obtain university scholarships or appointments in the highest ranks of the Civil Service.

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