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THE PR04CwRESS OF EDUCATION IF ithre is one thing more than another done by the Government which becures the approval of the country, it is the action of Mr ACLAND with regard to Education. Since he has been at the head of the Department, the progress of Educa- tion has been remarkable, and undoubtedly eclipaes all the six years' work accomplished by the defunct Tory Administration. It is quite true that the Free Education Act was passed into law during the period of office of Lord SALISBURY, but it was strenuously opposed and bitterly <te»eunced as a measure of injustice a few years before by the very men who subsequently passed it. It was stolen from the Liberal programme. It is equally correct to state that Technical Edu- cation was established by the Tories, but not because of their love of enlightening the people. The Tory Government endeavoured to pass a bill for compensating the publicans, but realising that they had aroused the righteous indignation of the country by putting forward such a measure, the bill was relegated to the limbo of the past. Find- ing themselves possessed of a surplus in the revenue, an occurrence which is illegal, they were bound to find an outlet for expending the money. Oat of evil came good, and the people had placed within their reach the blessings of technical education. We do not touch upon the important question of Education from a party point of view, but in order to dispel any unfounded and altogether illusory idea that the Conservatives are the cham- pions of Education, the above facts are mentioned. Indeed, to look baek into ancient history the reactionary patty are solely to blame for pre- venting the present or an advanced system of Education being in vogue many years ago. At the present day we are enjoying educational advantages which have hitherto been strange to the mass of the people, and it does not matter just now as to whence these benefits were derived; sufficient is the knowledge of possession. The. importance of Education cannot be over estimated. As a nation, we are the foremost people in the world, but in the matter of the education of the people we are somewhat behind a few. continental nations. It would be idle to ar-gize,that England is an educated and cultured nation. A few people may be so endowed, but their number is lout in the multitudes who are destitute of knowledge. Someone has truly said that it. would be as wise to turn a mad dog into the^streets as an uneducated chiid. Men do not want, .nor is it policy, to accept the views of others; they should think for themselves. One ineans to accomplish this is to train and cultivate the .mind from the first moment it is capable of receiving instruction. Each child should receive free the highest Education which its nature is capable..of. -,No better investment could be found for public money. The dividends would be found in a.few years in the lessened work of magistrates, in the reduction of the criminal class, and the diminution of the police force. GASCOIGNE says, a boy is better unborn than untaught," while JBQXJERT OWEN, the great philanthro- pist ..and father of socialistic principles, remarked, Give me, a tiger, and I will educate him." Jt.js more vaJuable to educate the people thar.,oven to enlighten them on politics. Those who are now furthering moral and intel- lectual elevation, realise there is some- thing stronger than the consideration of individuals, and are determined that darfcnass. shall be changed into light; ignorance into reason; poverty into comfort; rags into decency,, dirt and disease into cleanliness and health.; inequality into justice; cruelty into tenderness and that henceforth men shall not be be allowed to glut themselves with needless luxury and. gain at the expense of starving other people's children to death. NOT the -least among the innovations by Mr ACLAND ,is his code for the establishment of evening oontinuation schools. Last year the wholp country could only produce 1,604 night school but under the new regulation since the beginning of September last; no less than 1,500 new schools have come into existence. This fact speaks louder than any words how the country appreciates Mr ACLA-ND'S efforts. At Newtown there is an evening continuation school with over 40 s udents. Instruction in. various subjects is given, and the class is considered successful. It is not improbable that beftwe long State aid will be given to University .Extension work. The principle of University .Extension has been to take the teachers to the people, where the people could not come to tb,-m, and the good work that has been done is admitted Qn all bands. Perhaps it would not be inopportune to mention,the GILCHRIST Educational Trust. In its conception, it is one of the broadest and most generous Educational Trusts ever founded. Mr GILCHRIST left a large sum of money to be devoted to the payment of the most talented scientists, who Are qngagei by,the trustees to deliver lectur s at various towns. In the North where these lectures have been de!ivered the people have flocked in thousands to listen, and on October 26th on the occasion of a lecture being delivered at Whitechapel, the great A ssembly Hall contained .-an aud:ence of 5,000 working people. Towns desiring GILCKItIST lectures setid to the office of .-trust, putting forth the request. The application ,1£ considered at the yearly meeting,of the trustees. A far larger number of applications are received each year than can possibly be granted. The trustees pay out of the trust funds the fees acil travelling expenses of the lecturers; sjid they asfc that each town should provide the largect available -1 h ev.h town should prQv.iJe the largBd available nail and meet all the loeal expenses of aoiverrising, printing, fee of the lantern exhibitor, aad so on. A more y-orthy movement eould not t e inatzurated in Newtown, and we should be pleased if our School JB.QC.rd or Local Boa.rd would endeavour to further the education of "the masses" by ob- taining thje; delivery of a series of GILCHRIST lec- tures.

THE PR04CwRESS OF EDUCATION

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