Knowledge and Social Service

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IT may appear otiose to compare the South African War with the Great War. But one curious difference saute aux yeux. At the conclusion of the South African War, there was fierce denunciation of our Army, of our aristocracy, of our neglect of science. The attempt was even made to reform the War Office ! Prof. H. E. Armstrong, now a Nestor both among men of science and among educationists, was outspoken on the neglect of science in our schools. To him was largely due the creation of the Educational Science Section of the British Association in 1901, at the first meeting of which he urged the scientific treatment of education in all its branches, and the introduction of scientific conceptions into every sphere. He is, however, still far from satisfied with the scope and method of scientific teaching in our schools, and our columns from time to time afford evidence that he has not reached the end of his long, long trail winding towards a perfectly organised nation.

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H., T. Knowledge and Social Service. Nature 129, 73–74 (1932) doi:10.1038/129073a0

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