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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Overstrain in our Schools

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Overstrain in our Schools.

Our Education System is too oppressive, with its overcrowded syllabus; and in my opinion, if it is maintained, the physique of the race will suffer. In-stead of so much complicated brain work, we should be satisfied with a more thorough and a more useful training in a very few subjects specially selected to suit the abilities and environment of each student. This should be done soon after leaving the Primary School, and, in many cases, before doing so. Throughout an educational career there should be no strain, no working for pass examinations, no long hours of study, no weary drudgery of work.—Robert Lee, Chairman Wellington Education Board (late Chief Inspector of Schools, Wellington district), in 'New Zealand Times,' September 1st, 1906.