Day Continuation Schools, London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

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asked the President of the Board of Education what is really taught in the day continuation schools in London; and whether he is satisfied as to the discipline and that the result is really worth the cost?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

In the London day continuation schools the subjects of instruction are: For boys, calculations, drawing, English subjects (including history and geography), practical work and physical exercises; for girls, the same subjects, with the addition of singing, less time being given for calculations. I am assured that distinct progress has been made towards the solution of the problems of discipline, and I believe that those who are best acquainted with the schools are satisfied that, notwithstanding the unavoidable difficulties with which the teachers have been faced, the moral and intellectual benefit obtained by the young persons in attendance is substantial.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

Does the right hon. Gentleman think that in the financial condition of the country the moral and intellectual benefits received by the children are equal to the financial responsibility incurred by the nation?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

The hon. Member is putting to me a very difficult question.

Sir J. D. REES:

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if in the calculation classes the boys ever calculate what they cost per head to the taxpayer?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

That is a mathematical problem. [Interruption.]

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. Cannot something be done to stop the chatter of the hon. Member for Silvertown (Mr. J. Jones)?

Mr. J. JONES:

Cannot something be done to stop the motoring of the Noble Lord?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

I have before recommended the Noble Lord and the hon. Member to take conference together.

Mr. JONES:

I have never run over a child anyhow.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

The hon. Member's interruptions are very rude.

Mr. JONES:

Yours are very crude.

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

It is on that point of mutual courtesy that I suggest that the hon. Members should take conference together.