Report of the Minister of Public Instruction Upon the Condition of Public Schools Established and Maintained Under the Public Instruction Act of 1880

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Page 4 - The parents of 8,422 were cautioned, while in the remaining cases satisfactory explanations were furnished, or the circumstances were not such as to render any action necessary. In a large number of instances pupils had obtained certificates by examination, and were thus legally exempt.
Page 64 - The purpose of the continuation school is to provide at convenient hours further instruction for those who have already left the day school and have entered upon the practical work of life whether as apprentices or as independent wageearners or in the duties of the home.
Page 64 - ... 17 years of age who are in their employment to attend courses of technical and general instruction for four hours a week at times of day when the pupils are not too tired to profit by the teaching. And, thirdly, increased efforts should be made by the State to encourage local authorities and associations in...
Page 1 - MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY, — I have the honor to submit to your Excellency the Report of the Department of Public Instruction for the year 1907.
Page 63 - ... employment and only too likely to recruit the dismal ranks of the unskilled labour. Certain forms of industry, which make large use of boys and girls who have recently left the elementary schools, are in part (except where the employers make special efforts to meet their responsibilities) parasitic in character and get more than they ought, and more than their promoters realise that they are getting, of the physical and moral capital of the rising generation.
Page 64 - ... 17 years of age and so planned as to train them for healthy living and for the duties of citizenship. These proposals raise many thorny questions. They mean a great extension of the educational responsibilities of the State. They would impose upon employers responsibilities which in Great Britain, France and the United States are not yet recognised by law. They would prolong the term of years during which every parent is answerable for his child's receiving education. In the collective interest...
Page 64 - In all these countries, therefore, public attention is being turned to the problem of continuation schools. And everywhere the lines along which thought is moving, point to three conclusions. First there is need for further limitation of the hours of juvenile labour. Secondly, the law should place all employers, including Government Departments, manufacturers, commercial firms, retail tradesmen, and employers of young domestic servants under statutory obligation, to enable young...
Page 63 - ... technical training and well-directed guidance in matters of conduct and personal hygiene are often most needed and, if wisely given, most helpful towards healthy living and self-control. Those whose work lies among boys and girls of this age, especially in cities, lament the spoiling of promise and the waste of p0'er which they see caused by lack of tendance and of invigorating discipline.
Page 75 - The table below affords a comparison between the number of schools in operation in 1881, the first full year in which the Department was under Ministerial control, and the number open in...
Page 63 - ... condition to failure of the schools to give any industrial training. Boys of thirteen or fourteen almost invariably leave the elementary schools for some inferior position involving long hours of deteriorating routine in unskilled work. "Such work," says Prof. Sadler, of the University of Manchester, "lasts for a few years and then leaves the lad at the very time when he begins to want a means of subsistence, out of line for skilled employment and only too likely to recruit the dismal ranks of...

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