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Summer Song.

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. Education of Children Bill.

.. The Teaching Profession.

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The Teaching Profession. On Saturday afternoon Mr. James Bryce, M.P. delivered the annual presidential address to the members of the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland, at the Westminster Town Hall. In the course of his remarks he said the teaching profession had become much more of a profession in recent years, and especially since it became disengaged from the clerical profession. The education of women had also been much more developed, and female teachers were now able to stand as members of a class, and on an equality with the men. The aim of the teaching profession should be unity as far as possible, for the art of teahing, the process of conveying ideas to the learner's mind was the same throughout, and although the combined organization of school and University was perhaps at present unattainable, it was desirable that every member of the profession should be interested in the whole of its members. It was quite impossible to over-rate the amount of ignorance which the general public had of educa- tional questions, and teachers should have repre- sentation on central and local authorities. He hoped the teachers of the country would express their opinion on the proposal of the Legislature to make a most momentous change in connection with education, namely, the substitution of the teaching of physical science for literary and humane subjects. This proposal had gone too far, and was becoming a serious danger to the future education of the people, for the substitution of a scientific education for the teaching which had led to the highest thoughts and ideas of mankind would produce a hard, dry, gritty, unfertile type of mind, as compared with the results which literary studies ought to produce. The kind of epucation most useful to the community should consist of an intelligent power of thinking about, the highest patriotism for and interest in things concerning the welfare of the nation, and a defer- ence to those that were wiser than themselves. There was at present a constant desire for exciting pleasure, with a consequent disconcerted scrappi- ness of mind and a superficial knowledge of many things but a thorough knowledge of none. Educa- tion should endeavour to anticipate these tempta- tions of modern society and put a stop to the vain and useless pursuit of reading so that the people might be taught to think more for themselves. The Bishop of Bangor has arranged that the examination of schools in religious knowledge shall in future be conducted by an official inspector. The Rev. A. O. Evans, who was ordained last September to the curacy of Connah's Quay, has beed selected for the post. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Lampeter College, where he held the Phillips, Butler (theology),and Eldon (Hebrew) Scholarships.

UniDcrsitp College, ABERYSTWYTH.

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