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THE HON. G. T. KENYON ON WELSH EDUCATION. The Hon. G. T. Kenyon has sent the follow- ing letter to the Times,' and we quote it with much pleasure Sir,—It is refreshing to find my old friend Mr. Stanley Leighton still labouring under the pleasant hallucination that he alone, the very Abdiel amongst the faithless, can interpret the wishes and feelings of his Welsh neighbours. He rightly divines, however, that the crux to be solved in any reform of the system of second, ary education in England, will be the composi- tion of the local authorities who will have to administer the Act. Where he misses the mark is when he suggests as a competent authority for that purpose a hybrid committee of which only one-third is to be iepresentative. Those who have worked the Welsh Act will have no difficulty in assuring him that not even Lord Sandford could have made such an arrangement acceptable to the Welsh people. As a matter of fact, the extraordinary success of the Act (co which Mr. Fearon has recently drawn at ten tion) is mainly due to this-that its framers recognized from the first, what Mr. Coxhead calls in your issue of yesterday heresy,' that the administrators of the funds must be elect- ed.' As he justly adds, I an authority which cannot spend money is no authority at all.' Any other system in Wales at any rate would have been foredoomed to failure. It is true that in some instances the county governing bodies are to a large extent Liberal and Non- conformist. This, I fear, does not please Mr. Leighton. But, after all, let us be honest and acknowledge that this Liberalism and Noncon- formity is the exponent of Welsh opinion as it at present exists. A large number of Church- men and Conservatives might easily have found places on these bodies, if an influential section of them had not chosen the suicidal policy of boycotting the Act, instead of endeavouring to co operate with educationalists from whom on other matters they differed. Fortunately, in many cases wiser counsels have prevailed, and where thjs has been so there has been a very wide tolerance of individual opinion, and a great deal of very unanimous and good work accomplished. I fear there still linger on the Welsh border a few stalwarts of the stalwart, who cannot and will not trust the people. That is why the Welsh people cannot and will not trust them. It is not too late yet for our English friends to be wise in time and to choose the more excellent way. I am yours very faithfully, GEORGE T. KENYON. Llanerch Panna, Ellesmere, Jan. 7.


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