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impregnated with the factious element of politics . The cause of this is not difficult to find ,
although the finding may not be comfortable II to the reflective observer . With educational
II politics , however , we have nothing to do , I ! either in its higher administrative aspects ,
I in its School Board elections , or in its appoint-I ments of managers or door-keepers .
I On more than one occasion we have had pleasure in noticing some of the useful
movements which occur in the working world of I education ; those movements which , having
their origin in teaching communities , are fostered by the teaching profession at large .
Attention has been directed to the progressive I influence of Unions especially , and to the wide
sphere of usefulness which may be covered by I transactions of conferences , congresses , and
I local meetings , at which educationists come I together for the consideration of matters
affecting their position and their work , as well I as the welfare of their pupils . Last week ' s
issue of The Schoolmaster , the organ of the profession , contained full reports of two important
I congresses which occurred during Christmas I ! week . These were the Educational Congress at
I ! Glasgow and the Irish Teachers' Congress at I Dublin . ^ Hl i
II ^¦ 1 At the former a very considerable number of II urgent subjects were discussed . The president ,
1 who opened the meeting with a very able I address , was Mr . David Ross , Principal of the
Training College , Dundas Vale , Glasgow . * Free Education ' was the subject of the first
discussion , the leading paper being read by Mr . William Mitchell . Mr . George Crichton ,
Chairman of the Go van School Board , then followed Geograph with y . Another * The Teaching Chairman of History of a School and
Board 4 The Future , Mr . A of . S our . Mories Standard , of Greenock Scholars / , led c The off
Position of Science in Modern Education' was treated by Professor Cleland , M . D ., F . B . S .
An able paper on l Education in its Physical P ^ elati on s' was delivered by Mr . Jolly , H . M .
Inspector of Schools ; and Mr . Chinnock , Rector of Dumfries Academy , dealt with
1 Secondary Education in Scotland % 0 f . ' The appearance ]/ oai . cinuc ; of % jj . tx a deputation u < 3 jjuu « i < i / j . vjijl of ktl Eng juiixgnan lish teachers tDawicio
^ ave an oppor tunity for discussing the comparative educational positions of England and
Scotland . An extensive exhibition of schoolbooks and general appliances for teaching
formed an important attraction at the Congress . Perhaps it was owing to the unsettled times
• tad the grievances of Irish teachers that few educational topics were discussed at the Dublin
meeting . Mr . John Nealon , the retiring president , delivered the opening address , whiclk
contained much that was interesting regarding
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the position and aspirations of Irish teachers . His remarks struck the key-note of thevWhole \
meeting , which , was passed in the consideration of teachers' affairs , and of parliamentary
measures for their improvement financially and otherwise .
The subjects brought forward at the Glas- \\ . gow meeting would have confounded the
schoolmasters of a past generation . Every year education seems to be drawing new forces to ;
its aid . Its advance shows a wide and sensible e xtension of subjects . But the requirements of ;
the present day are proper modes for the inculcation of these subjects , so that their endurance
may be assured as useful to individuals and communities . Educationists are very hopeful
as to the result . But we must not forget the story of Steele ' s pastry-cook , who * would not
yet take his son away from his learning , but was resolved , as soon as he had a little
smattering in the Greek , to put him apprentice to a ; soap-boiler . ' The humourist continues : 'These
wrong beginnings deternflAne our success in the : world : and when our thoughts are originally
falsely biassed , their agility and force do but carry us the further out of our way , in
proportion to our speed . ' No one can deny that the tendency of the times inclines to cramming .
Educationally , however , weare even yet in an experimental stage . The process of perfecting
our system is wholly in the hands of the prac- : tical teacher , who , if left untrammelled , will
eventually see a way to clear off impediments , and establish reasonable and sound modes of
tuition . Above all things it is desirable that our manhood , even in humble spheres , should
have as little as possible of the regret of the great Montaigne , when he said ; ' I see better
than any man else that what I have set down is nought but the fond imaginations of Mm
who in his youth hath tasted nothing but the paring , and seen but the superficies of true ,
learning : whereof he hath retained but a general and shapeless form : a smack of
everything in general , but nothing to the purpose in particular . '
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Exhibition at the Glasgow Congress . — The exhibition of school-booksmapsand
other educational apparatus , which , formed , a , striking attraction at the Educational
Congress of a similar in Glas character gow , was which larger has than been any seen display in
Scotland . The exhibitors and their representatives were : Represented by
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