Page 5, 9th October 1942

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Page 5, 9th October 1942 — TALKS ON SCHOOLS Harrow Catholics Set an Example

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TALKS ON SCHOOLS Harrow Catholics Set an Example

In inspiring contrast to Catholic apathy shown over Saturday's Conway Hall meeting on education, referred to on page 1, parishioners of Harrow and Wealdstone churches were bidden by their clergy to attend on Wednesday evening a N.U.T. meeting in the local Gayton Rooms to discuss " Your child's future in education." They were asked to attend in their numbers and voice the Catholic point of view.

A great impression was caused on the 120 people present (among whom were some twenty Catholics) when a statement written by " a Christian ioumatist," and signed by himself and 65 other journalists and printers, was read to the meeting. It said : "We believe with Jack Donovan that it is essential to develop a Christian opinion in order to influence the Government on education. Parents have -the right to voice their desires. We do not want just a teachers' interpretation of an agreed syllabus."

The five or ix Catholics who spoke insisted on parents' rights to decide their children's education, and were listened to with sympathy. At the end a Communist proposed the moving of a vague resolution calling for " equality of opportunity for all." This was passed.

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