Page 6, 27th May 1938

27th May 1938
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Page 6, 27th May 1938 — " LITTLE THEOLOGIANS" SIR,—I have read with interest the letters

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" LITTLE THEOLOGIANS" SIR,—I have read with interest the letters

on religious instructions in schools, arid would like, as a Catholic teacher, to add a few points.

When the revision of the syllabus takes place, cannot a Catholic Publishing Cornrxiny be asked to supply small illustrated booklets of Old and New Testament stories

for each class? Children love to read stories for themselves, and pictures fix them in their minds.

Surely the cost of obtaining these books for schools could be met by each parish, and renewed when necessary.

Have those concerned ever considered a new method of inspection? The present one would seem to be unsatisfactory for children and teachers alike. The work of a year tested in a short half-hour scarcely warrants the almost unavoidable pressure brought to bear upon the scholars.

Would not tests at frequent intervals by the clergy (A the parish—whom the children know and are trained to respect—be a more satisfactory method of inspection? Also there would be the additional spiritual gain inseparable from these visits of the priests. The method of questioning in inspectors has led to teachers trying to produce " little theologians," as Margaret Maloney suggests. Why cannot the questions be simple and definite?


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