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EDUCATION AND ITS COST. A recent aunouucemeut by the Prime Minister that the anomalies in connection with education rates are forming the subject of inquiry by a Departmental Committee will afford universal satisfaction. On the face of it, there is something wrong in a system whereby in or.e district an educa- tion rate of three shillings in the pound is levied, and in another the rate is only sixpence or ninepenee. The anomaly is intensified by the very circumstances that brings it about. In large industrial com- munities, where the vast majority of the parents are comparatively poor land nearly all the children attend public elementary to., ..schools, the cost is necessarily highest. At [1ett Joíièïe time the uower of payment is lower, 0 a it comes to paas that the districts > which can best afford to pay have the lowest. education rate,and those which can least afford have the highest rate. The obvious remedy! would be to throw the entire cost of education on the Imperial Exchequer. There are, however, innumerable objections to this apparently simple remedy. We will name only one. If local bodies continued to ad- minister education it would be a premium on extravagance. All sorts of fantastical educa- tional luxuries would be indulged in on the ground that the State pars. If, on the other hand, the State claimed its right to administer the funds it provided there would arise a local clamour and more education grievances would be raised. We are not without hope that the experts to whom the examination of the subject has been remitted may be able to suggest a remedy that will relieve the suffering districts without violating economic laws. Seemingly we are always to have an education difficulty. Passive resistance is dying out despite Mr Lloyd-George's boast that resistance would triumph in Wales. If it had not already fallen flat passive resist- ance would have been killed by this genuine grievance of high rates-so high, that if they had been anticipated in 1870, there would have been no Education Act. The authors of the Act of 1870 modestly suggested a threepenny rate as the maximum expendi- ture. They had no idea how extravagant the new School Boards were to become.

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