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The Annual Conference of the National Union of Teachers

Nature volume 101, pages 115116 (11 April 1918) | Download Citation



THE conference of the National Union of Teachers, which was opened at Cambridge on Monday, April 1, gave a welcome opportunity for a declaration of policy on the part of this large and influential body on the question of the Education Bill now before Parliament. It is satisfactory to observe that the conference resisted all amendments to the Bill on the ground that it was desirable to present to the House of Commons a clear call in favour of the general principles embodied in the Bill, and to trust to the future for any desirable amendments in its provisions. It secures at least the abolition of half-time, mainly prevailing in the textile areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire, and of the labour certificate, which took the intelligent child from the schools at a premature age. It gives the further advantage of continued education, both general and special, within the working hours of young people from fourteen to eighteen years of age, by which means two and a half millions of adolescents will continue within the healthy influence of the school in preparation for life and in the right use of leisure, and so promote a higher standard of citizenship, and thus make fruitful the early training begun in the day schools.

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