The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
The Reform Feasible and Practicable
The Reform Feasible and Practicable.
I will now only ask finally: Is there any practical objection to such a fundamental reform as I have advocated in this paper? I venture to think none but its novelty; and, though that will be sufficient to condemn it in the eyes of the educational martinet, it will be no disqualification in the judgment of the New Zealand public. It is ridiculous to suppose that a community which has just made such a novel experiment in politics as that of the female franchise will lack the courage to make experiments in educational reform. The evils of the present system are very glaring, and have evoked repeated protests from the thoughtful amongst us. The department, I believe, is as much awake to the public voice on this subject as one could wish, but it has hitherto waited in the hope that a conference of inspectors would be arranged and be productive of a good scheme. That hope is gone utterly; the results of that Conference won't ameliorate the evils complained of in any appreciable degree. Educational reformers and, I will venture to say, the public generally will ignore them altogether, and