Training Britain's Youth
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 2 Mar 1939, p. 270-281


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Training Britain's Youth


Some words about education in general and geography in particular. How education has changed. The study of the reciprocal relationship between man and nature, with illustrative anecdote. The lack of knowledge in England about Canada. Our advantage over the dictatorship states. Canada's importance to the Empire. The amount of knowledge about Canada by the young people of England, with example. The Staffordshire Geography Exhibition, serving to show one of the ways in which England's children are being trained. The speaker's concern with the teaching of geography. What other nations know about England, using an American textbook as an example. The overhauling of the educational system in England. The Haddow Report, dealing with the education of children up to the age of a little over eleven years. Training in the secondary schools, based on the old grammar schools. The development of the public schools. The semi-vocational schools. The non-Conformist Academies. The Speno Report on Secondary Education, aimed at bringing all the secondary schools under one unified system. The establishment of Technical High Schools. The progressive outlook in England. A common culture and educational traditions in England and in Canada. Hopes for a greater interchange of teachers, professors, and pupils. The wish for our children to learn to love freedom and, if necessary, be prepared to defend it. Educating for democracy in the highest sense of the word.