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I The New Register.

Kington Funeral.

i .A Hint to Farmers.




I NATIONAL EDUCATION. 1 Bishop of Swansea's Views. I THE FISHER BILL. The Bishop of Swansea (who is Chairman of the Breconshire Education Authority) referred at some length to the Fisher Education Bill in the course of his address to a congregation of men at St. Mary's Church, Brecon, on Sunday afternoon. The Bishop, who is giving a course of addresses dnring Lent on Some National Problems," spoke on National Education." It sounded a very dry subject, he said, but it was of vitifl importance. One significant fact they ought to give a great deal of weight to. When the history of the last four years came to be written he thought the historian would probably give very great prominence to the fact that in tho midst of the war, when we were at the elosest grip with a relentless foe, the nation found time to turn aside and overhaul its whole educational system. That fact proved two things. First, that as a nation, God willing, we are sure we are going to win secondly, that the nation gladly recognised that the whole educational system ought to be overhauled. They believed that right would win and they were determined to make peace worth having and that the nation should equip itself in readiness for not only a new but a better country after the war. Characterising Mr Fisher's Bill as one of very tirst rate importance and the greatest advance in the matter of education sinoe 1S70, the Bishop skimmed over its proposals. It would entail sacrifice, he said, on all sides. They must be prepared to pay for it, but such expenditure would not be unproductive if they got the results desired. It would be money well spent. The retention of children in school to an older age would deprive parents of a certain amount of help by the earnings which boys and girls now brought in and employers would be affected. It would modify The Apprenticing System very much. He was very jealous of that because he did not know anything more benetidal to the town of Brecon than the Boughrood and Edmund Jones and such other apprenticing charities. In this matter he was very much interested in the view set forth by a labour representative at an Educational Conference he (the Bishop) attended recently. He (the labour repre- sentative) said he did not mind a bit, if apprenticing as they now knew it was abolished, for he held that 14 was not the right age to begin teaching a trade and he also alleged that a boy of 14 did little learning at his trade being only a kind of glorified errand boy. If the Bill, said the Bishop, came into force it was quite clear that the apprenticing system would have to be inodifiod because it was obviously in the master's time and in the day time, that the eight hours in the con- tinuation school would be taken during the week. Passing on to speak of the bearing of the question on religion, the Bishop said, as Churchmen, they had al- ways stood up for and laid great stress upon religious education in the schools. rlhey h (I been absolutely vindicated by the war. The war Had proved up to the hilt that if the chmvh had withstood purely secular education it had been more than justified, because they were up against a uation which had had a most efficient system of secular education. Side by side with that had come the most disastrous results. The German professors and, he was sorry to say, pastors, had preached a gospel which they had substituted for the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the gospel of Might. A secular education would not do. An education, how- ever efficient, divorced from religion, was not going to benefit a nation. It was with great interest church- men watched how the new proposals would affect religious education. A few days ago Mr Fisher said he was not proposing to alter in one jot or tittle the religious settlement arrived at in 1902, nor did he desire to re-cast the, edticational administration of the country. He was only asking for more and better education for every child in the kingdom. The Bill was not going to change that for what they had so far contended. They believed that the only education worth having was the education based upon the fear and the love of God.

Llanwrtyd Council. I

Defynock & Sennybridge Meeting.…




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