Page 2, 18th December 1953

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Page 2, 18th December 1953 — Is Complacency Enough?

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Is Complacency Enough?

SIR,-May I make a comment on the correspondence on discipline and tone in Catholic schools which has been running in your columns?

Firstly that perhaps your correspondent, P. E. Witham, overlooked the fact that "Second Pedagogue" is also a university lecturer in education, and will, therefore, not be generalising from one particular instance. Those with experience in training colleges or university departments of education may be credited with a wide range of contacts with schools, Catholic, Anglican and those under immediate control of an L.E.A. Thus the considered judgment of those in such a position should carry extra weight.

Secondly. I have noticed how often those who discuss Catholic education do rather overlook the fact that the vast majority of our Catholic parents are not in a position to choose among "famous Catholic public schools." According to the figures in the Catholic Directory for 1952, four times as many children attend aided primary and post-primary schools as attend independent or direct grant schools. And many non-Catholics attend these latter (particularly the convent schools) and presumably still further modify the relative totals.

Thirdly, examination results arc not the most reliable" criterion of the work of a school. If scrutinised, they may even be occasion of grave disquiet, as when we find cram methods, not only used but taken for grantedmethods which stifle intelligent interest and ruin the educational value of the subjects studied and fail to integrate them with the moral and spiritual development of the pupils.

F. D. Rudwick Yewbarrow, The Green, Crow bo rough. Sussex.

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