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TEACHING OF WELSH

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TEACHING OF WELSH SWANSEA EDUCATION PROBLEM. DIRECTOR'S REPORT: THE SELECTED SCHOOLS. MT T. J. Bees, the Director of Educa- tion, has now issued his report on the quee- tion of compulsory teaching of Welsh in the public elementary schools. He points out in order "to appreciate the importance and value of the chief arguments in favour of teaching W rush in our elementary schools," the remarkable development which has taken place in our educatiaiml theories during the past 2_0 n \ears, the acquisition of knowledge not now being the only object nor even the chief object of a child's going to school. The object of education," he says, is not the mere imparting of information, but the training of the child in character and in intellect. For this reason many subjects are included in the school curriculum. He further points out in this connection that the work of the elementary schools is not to give vocational training, and in this con- nection says that two years ago he made a careful enquiry into the after-careers of near 2,000 boys and girls who had left the bWansea schools twelve months or so pre- viously with the followiner jvwsnlfn • I AFTER-SCHOOL OCCUPATIONS I Boys. wJSd bf)ys *28 per oent. Works and small industries 42 Shop assistants 34 The Post Offloe 4 Office boys, etc g Unknown or secondary schools 14 Girls. ol nor c&nt.> At home 51 per ce.nt. Domestic service 15 Dressmaking, etc 14 Shops .?_ 7 Works 4 Unknown or secondary schools 11 "r n U L n.ees goes on to say that it is claimed that a knowledge of Welsh would have a high moral effect upon Welshmen. "The boy," he says "who is ashamed of his coun- try and of its language will probably be ashamed 01 himself and careless of his own behaviour. Make him proud of his country and his language, make him glory in the national heroes of the past, and he will grow up to be all the betfcer a man and all the more creditable a. citizen." He further con- tends that the retention of Welsh is not a hindrance to the acquisition of good English, and then quotes from an article by the First civil Service Commissioner, who said: "I always think that bi-linguals like the Welsh whose education is carried on in two lan- guages must get more from their elementary schools than the scholars of a country like fchS1"' where only one language is used in school." Air Rees gives three .reasons why Wetoh should be taught rather than French (1) it is of far groater value as an intellectual exercise than the study of French or of any modern Romance (2) there is very little French spike in th.c neighboured of iswansea: and (0) tnere atne available teadh- eris to teach Welsh, but nrrt. "h THE SCHOOLS SELECTED. I >ir. ttees emphasises the importance of a minimum of 150 minutes a week being de- voted to the te?inng, and recommends that the tea?hMg of W?h shall b?om? a <? pulsory subject for all pwpils in the follow- ''t{lÂIM.oqpeo.Utaod sjoonoe Plasma,rl, Grtig, PentrOPOtdI, Bryiiihyfryd" Manselton, Owm, Hafod, Waunwen, and the pmpbsed new school at Tneboatih. For the tiiwt year the regulation shall ap- ply to only Standards 1., II., in the second year to Standards I., H., 111., in the third year to Standards I., II., III., IV., and so on until the minimum time is devoted to the subject in every class in the sdhool. "When the new school is open at GiIan- rnor it will be ad-vitowhle," says Mr. Rees to have Welsdi as a compulsory sub ject in that school bccau^e it will be the chief pirac- tising school for the students a.t the Train in £ Ooltage." He excludes the essentially town schools namely, Brynmill, Terrace-road, Dyfatty, St. Helen's, Rutland-street, York-place, St. Thomas, Danygraig, and the Non-Provided School tt. A referendum of the parents might he taken on the subject, and he thinks the re- sult would prove a surprise. As a parent has a legal right to decide which school his child shall attend, he sug- gests that if in the town district schools are selected for teaching Welsh the Terrace- road and St. Thomas Schools are most suit- able.

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