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A DEFENCE LEAGUE STORY

' WHAT A SCHOOL INSPECTOR SAYS. (Published by Arrangement). The National Schools Defence League vecently pcbli?hed, In Leaflet No. 7, some re. mnrkable statements regarding the experience with the Bible lessons in Ne « South Wales Stfitfi Schools. The3e were exposed at the time, but here is further testimonyMr. A , Lobban, late Senior Inspector of Schools New South Wales, 45 years In the Education Departmant , writes: — n . . "I am surprised to hear that doubt has been oast by the opponents of Scripture lessons in the State Schools of New Z aland on the testimony of officers, inspectors of of the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales as published in pamphlet form by the New Zealand Bible in-S'ate Schools-League. The teachers whose opinions are giren in tlvit, pamphlet were scattered all over New South Wales and represent membership of all the leading religious denominations. ' >From an intimate acquaintance with teacher 3in New South Wales for more than half a century, Loan say that as a body they have, and still do, exercise a marked influence for good in their respective spheres ot usefulness. THAT THSY HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY. BY OFFICIAL COERCION OR EVEN SUGGESTION IS AN UTTERLY UNFOUNDED ASSUMPTION. "The replies given by them were in no way ollieial, having been supplied in answer to inquiries fnrnished by gentlemen who were personally unknown to most of them. The people of New Zealand may rest assured that the teachers of New South Wales value the Scripture lesßOns they give to their pupils, and oordially welcome the clergymen who attend and give special religious instruction, while the great majority of the parents regard this featiu-o of our education system as n priceless boon. "It m. v not be known in New Zealand that the New South Wales public school teachers are in no"way hampered by severe regulations as to personal or religions duties, and no objection has ever been made to teachers occupying positions as teaoh»rs or superintend , ents of Sunday schools. There is a Teachers' Association in New South Wales which has been in existence for many years, and there is also a Teachers' Union which is of later origin. Both these bodies meet and discuss educational matters and Departmental rules with unrestricted freedom, and criticise defects which they believe to exist either in the administration of the Department or its regulations. but neither Association has ever hinted at any objection to the reading of Scripture lessons in the schools or the visits of clergymen to give special religious instruction. Several teachers have,gone into Parlia ment, but not one of these has ever hinted at an alteration of the Public Schools Act in rcar'd to relipious instruction. On the other hand, many teachers who have retired from service, both male and female, devote a considerable portion of their leisure to giving spe , cial religious instruction in connection with the churches to which they belong in echools in that neighbourhood. "I have retired from the Educational Department of the State ; but I can never eeaES to appreciate the high character oi the great udy ol teachers and their loyal, faithful ana efficient service, (Signed) A. LOBB/ N, "Wirrimbi, Wentworth RoadJ Vaucluse, Sydney. N.S.W." "29th June, 1914. , '

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A DEFENCE LEAGUE STORY, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 28 July 1914

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A DEFENCE LEAGUE STORY Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 28 July 1914

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