Punch,  56 (1869), 122–23.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Government, Politics, Education

    Notes a speech by William E Forster on the 'Reform of Endowed Grammar Schools', a subject which Punch thinks is very important, especially because it believes that boys sent to 'a costly school' learn 'Greek and cricket', while those sent to 'a cheap school' learn 'nothing but slang'. Insists that since it is important for schoolboys to 'learn some classics, much science, and several modern languages, reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is clear that our system is wrong'. Thinks the 'wise intentions of our ancestors' should be implemented and wishes Forster's bill 'all success'. (122)

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