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LLANTRISA.NT SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN. WE make no apology for pursuing the administrative doings of the Llantrisant School Board this week again Its meetings are proverbial for the low tone, habitually dominant in its deliberations. Last week the teachers were without exception treated to & degrading ordeal. The excuse urged for the practice, we know, is that Ystradyfodwg Board did it. By all means let the LlantrisMit Board copy its neighbour in its many good deeds but this procedure is not one of them. And we are not without belief that the last of these administra- tive inquisition& has taken place by the model Board which Llantrisant so imperfectly imitates. But let p]ace before our Llantrisant friends the very elementary information that every school report is. divided into two parts. The irst criticises the teacher's pro- fessional work and the second part the managerial administrations. Excellent schools are. the product of good managers and good teachers. Where- the co-operation obtains, education prospers. The Llantrisant School Boaid are eternally quarrelling with the. teachers. The Board, in this year holding its Annual Star Chamber, has attained a very high level of notoriety. It is q.wite time that Judge WilHajns' jand Mr Godfrey Ci&rk's example of retirement should be followed by those members who believe that there is some honour attached to. a respectable reputa- tion. Unless matters improve with this Bo&rd, membership thereon must sooner or later result in a loss of i31 honour. Returning to our original position of proving the two sections of a school report, we will take the Gilfach Infant School reports for 1897 and 1898 to prove our contention a-M show very clearly that the blame is not wholly on the teacher, l'il rather, if justice prevail, more of it ?. ? the door of the Board itself This is the 1897 report:- InFANTS.—The infants school seems to be industriouly c and the lessons were generally given with very fair effect. Far too many children are placed in the class room. More cup- board accommodate is required. The windows might with advantage be ex- I nded downwards t'j a distance of about tuur feet from the noor, in order that more light might be cast on the adjoin- ing parts of the room. Your attention is requested to the last two lines of Articles 83a of the Code. H.M. Inspector repofts that the class room of the infants' school is habitually used for a larger number of scholars than that for which it is passed by the Department." Only the nrst paragraph applies to Mrs David's responsibility for this report. Every word, beginning with Far too many children" to, the last word department belongs to the Board's responsibility. Take again the 1898 report and for which, the Mistress was hauled up before the. St<M' Chamber. Let our readers peruse it carefully. DESPirE the fact that illness has interfered very much with- the work of this depactment, an improvement is noticeable particularly in the teaching of arithmetic. More use might be made of the children's knowledge of Welsh in teachiBg. Th& suggestion made in last year's report as to lengthening, the window ha.r. not as yet been carried out. The lighting of the infant acb-col should b& improved as recommended by H.M Inspector without furohw delay Artier 85a of the Code." In this report agaiL the make sympathetic consideration for any failure in the school wo-rk. When. we begin with the mana<gerial section of it z5 we find that this. is not the nrst. time the Board. ha& been called into account* about those windows, and the constant over-crowding of little children in a., class room which should be twice as, large. We c&n understand in som&. measure why they delay the improve, ments..tp .the windows. These are media. of light, a.nd light-caterial ,OJ: educational—is not very por-alar witb¡f Board whick spends most of its time tn the study of how to make persona. pique practically enbctive. We feel conndent that it would be infinitely fairer for the teachers to haul up the numbers for administrative faults than &)r the Board with its many chapters ol neglect of duty to do what they did. There aNe many other, grave omissions of duty untold; and which should be told. The stan'ing, and the attendance under this Board, oxe as discreditable as the manners of the members in Board meetings. We wwt hold the whole Board responsible, though we know that like Sodom and. GQBo.orrah there are socM im it like Lot. n<A hopelessly beyond redemption.

- Uantrisant

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