The Education of the People: A Letter to the Right Hon. Sir John Coleridge; with an Appendix

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Rivingtons, 1861 - Education - 26 pages
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Page 20 - ... so some of them were sold for table-fruit at double and treble the profit. By and by this came to the ears of the owner, who took it much amiss, and having sent for the manager, he said to him, Sir, I employed you to make cider for the country people, whence come these golden pippins and nonpareils ? I shall take care to check your charge for manure, and do you keep clear of those superior grafts. So the manure was stinted, and by a careful selection of inferior trees they soon got back to the...
Page 25 - ... thrown on the central revenue for an object the benefits of which are chiefly local1. 1 I venture in passing to question the propriety of this description of the benefits of Education. " 2. The difficulty without such an undue expenditure in assisting a large number of schools entitled to assistance. " 3. The defective teaching of elementary subjects. " 4. The complicated business of the office, which would be unmanageable if the present system became national...
Page 25 - The Commissioners are of opinion that the defects of the present system may all be classed under four heads. 1. The excessive expenditure thrown on the central revenue for local objects. 2. The difficulty of assisting so large a number of schools without such expenditure.
Page 17 - Ignorance has had its opportunity. Knowledge is now upon trial, and already the improvement has been prodigious; but to expect that a condition of semi-barbarism should be removed in half a generation, is absurd. Indeed, there are circumstances connected with the social condition of the country which must make such success, as can be achieved by school-teaching alone, very limited; and yet what is done may be inappreciable in value.
Page 19 - ... cultivation. Well, the cider was quite another thing and gave general satisfaction; but, alas! though the general produce was nothing better or worse than good cider-apples, with quite sufficient harshness, some of the grafts got to bear golden pippins and nonpareils. It is true that these improved the general quality of the beverage, so most people thought; but then they came to be considered too good for the cider-press ; so some of them were sold for table-fruit at double and treble the profit.

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