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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

What should be Substituted?

What should be Substituted?

To fully understand my proposal I will ask you to suppose for the present that the inspector's annual examination were altogether abolished; it would then be necessary to determine on what conditions promotion of scholars should take place. I suggest it should be by Orders-in-Council fixing the interval and date at which the head-teacher should reclassify his school—say once a year, at Christmas time. The Order-in-Council should leave the head-teacher free to hold an examination of his school at this season if he thought fit, but he should be counselled to avoid this course if possible, and make the promotion on his knowledge of the way in which the child had acquitted himself of his duties throughout the year then closing. This of course would imply that the head-teacher should make the promotion after consulting with the class-teacher, and this he should be required to do by Order-in-Council, just as a board now is bound to consult a committee in any appointment, but not bound to follow its wishes. So it should be imperative that the head-teacher before making a promotion should consult the class-teacher. It is unnecessary for me to enlarge on the