Page 5, 29th May 1942

29th May 1942
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Page 5, 29th May 1942 — NEW SCHOOL PROPOSALS "We've Been Kept in Dare

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NEW SCHOOL PROPOSALS "We've Been Kept in Dare


With reference to the new educational proposals, subject of a report we print to-day on page 1, our reporter adds: I spoke also with Councillor M. F. Burns, of Hornsey, who is on the Borough Education Committee, and who received a copy of the report on Thursday of last week together with a notice that the report would be discussed at a committee meeting to be held last Tuesday, only six days after.

In common with many Catholic Education Committee men up and down the country, he had been kept in the dark about what is being proposed. He was amazed at the suddenness with which the discussion of the plan had been thrust upon everybody.

Complaining of the short notice that had been given in which to decide what action should be taken, he remarked: " There are sixteen closely-typed pages One has to digest. Not so bad had it just been a routine matter, but this means a complete change of policy in regard to non-provided schools."

His contention was that such proposed procedure could not be Government policy, as the Government always champions minorities. " Nevertheless," said Mr. Bums, " now that we are fighting totalitarianism, it seems to me that we have got to be careful Lest carthin people may unconsciously develop the totalitarian mentality."

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