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It stated that, where parliament had made grants for land, or for the construction, enlargement or repair of school buildings, these were not to be sold, exchanged or mortgaged without the written consent of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
He told the Commons: I am informed that the turbulent masses who, in the course of last autumn, threatened the safety of property If I had entertained any doubt on the subject His bill provided for the compulsory education of factory and other pauper children.
Funds raised through the poor rate would be used to provide schools to serve manufacturing districts as a whole. The Church of England would control the schools and appoint the teachers, but separate religious instruction would be provided for the children of dissenters.
It was withdrawn after nonconformists campaigned against it, raising a petition signed by two million people. They believed it better that popular instruction should still be left to voluntary machinery for some time longer, than that new authority and new fields of ecclesiastical control should be opened to the privileged church quoted in Lawson and Silver Edward Baines and voluntaryism Some went even further: By the Congregational Board was running schools.
Three years later he published Letters to the Right Hon. Lord Russell, in which he claimed that the deficiencies of the voluntary system were being exaggerated. Inagreeing that there were wretched voluntary schools, he argued that we have as much right to have wretched schools as to have wretched newspapers, wretched preachers, wretched books, wretched institutions, wretched political economists, wretched Members of Parliament, and wretched Ministers.
You cannot proscribe all these things without proscribing Liberty quoted in Lawson and Silver Voluntaryist ideas persisted for some time: But voluntary efforts had been unable to provide sufficient good schools and the voluntaryist movement collapsed, with Baines himself confessing a change of heart in Stephens suggests that in the mid-nineteenth century, complete secularization of the public elementary schools could not have been achieved Nevertheless, far from supporting elementary education as primarily an agent to render the workers devout, amenable and obedient for which bible-based indoctrination would have sufficedcentral government became increasingly unwilling to pay for religious instruction and anxious that its considerable financial input into public education should show practical returns Stephens He later became Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Home Secretary.
Lowe opposed religious influence in education and under the revised code of of which more in the next chaptergovernment grants were made dependent on regular school attendance and proficiency in the basic subjects: Presenting his education bill inSir John Pakington, Tory MP for Droitwich, told the Commons that by the voluntary principle alone we cannot educate the people of this country as they ought to be educated; you can no more do it than you can carry on a great war or defray all the annual expenses of Government by a voluntary contribution instead of taxation quoted in Simon His bill, which would have empowered borough councils to provide schools, came to nothing, but his proposal, in Februaryfor the establishment of a commission of enquiry into elementary education, was accepted by the government and the Newcastle Commission of which more in the next chapter began work later that year.
By the figure was 1. Although this was a considerable improvement, it should be noted that the average duration of school attendance was just one year. By the average length of school attendance had risen to two years, and in an estimated 2.
Proportion of children in school - Figures from Williams The National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, set up inincluded a section devoted to education, and the Committee of Council published analyses of the financing and operation of schools Lawson and Silver The central issue in the investigations tended to be the proportion of children who could be, and were, receiving schooling.
The ratio of children attending day schools to the total population was estimated by Brougham in to be 1: None of the figures are reliable, but the trend is clear Lawson and Silver These overall statistics concealed several problems: Literacy Historians are divided on the relationship between economic growth and the spread of elementary education.
Some see a positive connection, stressing that the Industrial Revolution increased the proportion of jobs for which literacy was necessary or useful. Without literate managers, supervisors and technicians in manufacturing and suitably educated human capital for engineering, transport, commerce and financial services, economic growth could not have been sustained.
Thus, improvements in general levels of education went hand in hand with industrialization Stephens As the economy grew and the number of school places increased, the decline was reversed and by the s literacy levels were above those of the s.
However, elementary education probably contributed indirectly to economic development by helping to create a society more willing to accept change and by breaking down the isolation of communities which had been backward and conservative.
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