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The Place of Science in Education

Nature volume 96, page 676 (17 February 1916) | Download Citation



THE memorandum regarding the neglect of science to which you refer in your leading article last week fails in my judgment by its moderation. The proposal that at least as many marks in the Civil Service examinations shall be allotted to science as to classics, may be a step in the right direction, but it is a halting one, for it affects only a limited class of the community and does not insist on the paramount importance of science in general education. What should be stated is not the least, but the whole of what is necessary. What ought to be made clear is that science must form not a mere adjunct but the actual foundation of the education given in secondary schools. In a word, what is wanted is a revolution in our educational system.

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  1. University of Edinburgh, February 14.

    • E. A. SCHÄFER


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