Education in the Army


    THE publication of the Second Interim Report of the Adult Education Committee of the Ministry of Reconstruction, presided over by the Master of Balliol, on “Education in the Army” (Cd. 9225, price zd.), may raise hopes which a study of the report will disappoint. For the report was written several months before the Armistice, being dated July 3, 1918, and is concerned mainly with the educational problems of an Army living and working under different conditions from those which exist to-day. Some delay has occurred in the publication of the report. An appendix contains a note by Col. Lord Gorell, Deputy Director of Staff Duties (Education) at the War Office, dated November 8, 1918., The creation of this branch at the War Office was one of the chief recommendations of the Committee, which wisely suggested that the proposed new branch should be placed under the direction of a specially qualified military officer of academic distinction and with educational experience. The force of the recommendation may be understood by considering the fact that, although the War Office has charge of important educational institutions like Woolwich and Sandhurst, the examinations for admission to which directly affect the curricula of our secondary schools, it has never called to its aid the services of an officer—civil or military—with such special qualifications, although an excellent precedent was provided by the Admiralty in the appointment in 1903 of Sir Alfred Ewing as Director of Naval Education.

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    Education in the Army . Nature 102, 481–482 (1919).

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