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Science and Other Humanistic Studies in Schools

Nature volume 100, pages 267268 (06 December 1917) | Download Citation



THE report edited by Sir Frederic Kenyon gives evidence of progress towards that agreement among educational experts which is necessary if the construction of a scheme designed for general adoption is to meet with general acceptance. A serious obstacle to this progress is “the great mass of ill-informed public opinion, which distrusts or despises all education, or measures its value by its immediate money-earning capacity.” This remark, to be found on the first page of the report, is perfectly true; but it is equally true that another serious hindrance has been the obstinate refusal of so many of the supporters of the old-established classical system to yield ground and to recognise the claims of modern subjects, especially science, to any considerable share in the time, emoluments, and honours which have so long been the portion of the older studies. “The object of the present pamphlet is to record certain attempts that have been made to give a healthier tone to the discussion; to show that a large measure of agreement is possible, … and to bring the weight of this agreement to bear on the solution of the outstanding problems which have been the cause of bitter controversy in the past.”

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