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LAMPETER AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

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LAMPETER AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WE know of no better testimony to the value and excellence of the work and influence of our county intermediate schools than the fact that many places which once looked askance upon them are already. anxious to adopt them—and that when the majority of them have as yet hardly emerged from their experimental stage. This fact affords a striking object lesson on the wisdom of falling into line with all great movements that make for progress—and what can equal education as a compelling force in the general advancement of humanity. The county schools are not only proving inestimable .boons in themselves, but it is already apparent that many minor advantages follow in their train; and it is but natural to expect that those districts which did not avail themselves of the opportunities to establish such schools now regret to find themselves deprived of the benefits which accrue from them. The other districts which had more faith-although not having received the promise, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them —now enjoy the fruits of their labour and resent any attempt on the part of the faith- less to enter the Promised Land. Such is the attitude of those neighbourhoods which undertook the burden and responsibilities of establishing intermediate schools in their midst a few years ago towards those other neighbourhoods which then shirked the undertaking but are now, having seen the error of their ways, willing and eager to bear it. These evidently were the con- siderations which impelled the representa- tives of the Tregaron and the Llandy?sul school districts to enter a protest at the Inquiry held by the Board of Education at Lampeter on Thursday against the proposal to establish a higher grade school for girls at that town. On another page we give a full and exclusive report of this important Inquiry, and we believe that a careful con- sideration of the evidence will do much to enable all interested to find a common ground, and to disarm the opposers of some, at least, of the fears entertained as to the prejudicial effect of a new and additional school at Lampeter upon those J of the peighbouring towns of Tregaron and Llan- dyssul. That the establishment of a new school at Lampeter will disturb the existing arrangement there can be no doubt; but it might be argued that that is not sufficient reason why Lampeter should not be allowed to correct its past errors at its own expense —errors chiefly due, we believe, to the ill- advised policy of a former personelle of the Cabinet of St. David's College. One thing is to be deeply regretted, and that is, that the present enlightened policy did not pre- vail at Lampeter when the scheme for providing secondary education for the county was in its formative stage. Had Lampeter the benefit of the wise counsels of Principal BEBB and of the energy of Vice-Principal WALKER at that time, we feel sure that that town could to-day boast of a mixed or dual intermediate school second to none in the whole county. It must be admitted that Lampeter lends itself admirably in every respect for the purposes of a higher grade school for girls, and the marvel is that such an institution has not long ago found a home at that town. The building in which it is proposed to lodge the school may not be quite an ideal one; but it is, we think, much superior in point of architecture and accom- modation tojjmany a "more recent structure built specifically for the purpose. A higher grade school for girls would be a fitting com- plement to the other educational institutions at that town; and there can be no doubt but that the one would materially aid the success of the other. Bearing in mind the continuous growth of the town, and the fact that it has certain associations which would attract pupils from afar, it is very question- able whether the provisions contemplated by the promoters are adequate. There is an impression upon some minds that the school is promoted solely or mainly in the interests of the Church of England. This, of course, is a purely erroneous idea, and the names of some of the persons who interest themselves I in the movement, and the constitution of the School Board should be a sufficient guarantee against any taint of denomma- tionalism. Education has made great and rapid strides of late, and, like all organisms, it becomes more complex as it rises from I scale to scale. Questions that a few years ago did not enter the heads of our educa- tional authorities have by to-day ripened to such a degree that they can no longer brook any delay; and of these questions the one that engages the public mind most seriously at present is that of the better training of pupil teachers, and the determination to grapple with this problem has much to do with the movement in favour of a secondary school at Lampeter-so far as the School Board is concerned, at any rate. The assurances given to Mr. LEFROY at the Inquiry will, no doubt, to some extent modify the views of the County Governing Body as expressed at its meeting at Aber- ystwyth on the previous day and reported in another column. In any case, pending further developments, let us hope that the question will be not only discussed fairly and dispassionately, but also given the full and thorough consideration which it merits.

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