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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

(d) Recent Modifications of the Syllabus

(d) Recent Modifications of the Syllabus.

It is scarcely necessary to say that the recent interview with the Hon. W. P. Reeves, Minister for Education, was the means of securing beneficial modification in the standards of education. It may be advisable to re-state these in succinct form :—(1) That Grammar has been made a class subject in all the standards except the fourth; (2) that the Geography of Standards III. and V. has been very considerably reduced in amount; (3) that the principle of stricter definition takes the place of vague enumeration; (4) that in the matter of History a period of a hundred years has been excised from Standard VI., and permission given to teachers to make a selection of events in each period upon which the examination may be based. In connection with this branch of the page 14 Institute's work, your Committee would call to mind that it has been the consistent aim of the Institute from first to last to try and educate the public to the pernicious effects of "passes" and "percentages." When individual passes and percentages were most in favour with the public and the inspectorate, the Institute was offering strenuous opposition to the whole system.