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The Position of Natural Science in the Educational System of Great Britain

Naturevolume 101pages265266 (1918) | Download Citation



THE report of the Committee appointed by Mr. Asquith when Prime Minister in August, 1916, has recently been issued, and a summary of its conclusions appeared in NATURE for April 18. The chairman of the Committee was Sir Joseph J. Thomson, president of the Royal Society, and now Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In an article on the report the Times hinted that the Committee included too large a proportion of men of science to yield conclusions entirely free from bias. There is no justification for such suspicion. The report was unanimous. Apart from members representing industry and business, and several with large experience of educational organisation, not fewer than six possessed a practical acquaintance with teaching, acquired as masters in public schools; and one of these, now a headmaster, was formerly a classical master at Clifton.


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