On improving the educational system.
My dear Sir,
Your kind approval gratifies me more, I think I may candidly say, then would the
approval of any living man. I have reason to hope that real
work is being done, in the direction of relieving our present educational system from
its extraordinarly fantastic & stationary condition. I am filled with sorrow
& indignation when I think of the mere paralysis of intellectual power
The constructive side is really not difficult. I send, by book post, (but only
at present, privately) a copy of the Report of a Sub Committee of the Brit.
I am, dear Sir, with sincere respect, | Most faithfully your's | Frederic W. Farrer.
- f1 5434.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to F. W. Farrar, 5 March 1867.
- f2 5434.f2CD had expressed his agreement with Farrar's position on public school education in Farrar 1867 (see letter to F. W. Farrar, 5 March 1867).
- f3 5434.f3See letter to F. W. Farrar, 5 March 1867 and n. 2.
- f4 5434.f4The reference is to `Report of the committee appointed by the Council of the British Association for the Advancement of Science to consider the best means for promoting scientific education in schools', later published in the Report of the thirty-seventh meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science held at Dundee in September 1867, pp. xxxix--liv. CD's pre-publication copy has not been found. The Nottingham meeting of the British Association had been held in 1866.
- f5 5434.f5Farrar refers to John Tyndall, Thomas Henry Huxley, George Griffith, and James Maurice Wilson. Griffith is not named as a member of the committee in the published version of the report (see n. 4, above). On the movement to introduce science into English public schools, see White 2003, pp. 75--81.