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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76



As I have said elsewhere, in our Government system of education there is too much dead level. How to alter this is a difficult question. Probably something might be done by giving to the masters of our larger schools, more freedom and power in the methods of teaching and in the selection of the books used. It appears to me to be most important to do something to break the present uniformity of teaching, and to endeavour to develope the individual characteristics of the pupils.

Possibly some means might be devised for encouraging and assisting private schools. That parents, in Auckland at any rate, see the necessity for providing something different from the uniform Government system, is evidenced by the large support given page 75 to St. John's, Prince Albert, King's, and Ladies' Colleges, to say nothing of the smaller establishments.

I am a warm advocate of imparting technical education in all the larger schools in the country.