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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Much Cry and Little Wool

Much Cry and Little Wool.

I view the outcome of the Inspectors' Conference with profound disappointment; page 2 it appears to me a grand opportunity lost. I acknowledge that, knowing something of the experience and sagacity of many of the members, having seen also the list of suggestions forwarded by the inspectors individually for discussion at the Conference, I had reckoned on the wisdom of the Conference, and formed high hopes of the valuable improvements it would formulate in the working of our educational system. But apparently this was not to be. Whether the result was due to the social atmosphere of Wellington, that Capua of New Zealand, or, as is more probable, to the fact that the iron of the mechanism of office had entered the souls of the gentlemen assembled, anyway the Conference in my judgment was a miserable fiasco. It was the old story of the mountain in labor, and the lesson is again enforced upon us that no profession, whether inspectorial or any other, is ever reformed from within, it must be