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THE CONSCIENCE CLAUSE FOR THE TEACHERS.

The "Wairarapa Times" of 11th inst, ia an editorial note, writes j— "Much noie* has bean made by ten qs and others over the necessity of a conscience clause for teachers in connection with the proposed Bible reading lessons in our State sebxots. It does not apprar to us that the consciencejclause is either necessary or desirable. It is not necessary for the simple reason that the teacher is not required, as far as we can judge, to give anything but the pure mechanism of a reading lesson. In fact he or she is forbidden to do otherwise and is certainly expressly forbidden to give religious instruction. Now. if the teachers of the country are to take up the position that they cannot superintend the teaching of any lesson save those in which they have com scientious belief, we may as well dose up half the institutions of learning in the land. _ The teacher of pMlosopby, if he is a theist, canmjt teaoh materialism in the various forme in which they huve been presented in the history of philosophy. The teacher ol science in every one of its branches of chemistry, physios, biology, physiology, astronomy and geology must be silent upon every theory advanced in the past and living in the present with which he does not conscientiously agree. Furthermore, the proposed safeguard is not desirable in the interests of the teacher, It gives him complete independence as far as tbe parents ate concerned. Suppose a teacher in a djstnot where 75 per cent, of the narsntsl desire such lessons for their children, refuses such on ground of concs.ence. He brinKfl himselLinto an invidious position by the conscience clause particularly if he follows a teacher >yho had formerly given the instruction. If, however, he can say'l have ho bL ternative, thep are my orders, , he is at once placed in a position of independence. • THE ABBEKBJB OF 4 CONSCIENCE CLAUSE IS THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE TEACHER, , t , . t , .. . FurtGermore, he cannot antogniee parents who do not desire the reading lessons, because they have the right to withdraw (their children both from reading lesson and gnecial religious instruction by ministers. Tbe conscience clause provided seems to us the oily copscienoe clause necessasy and desirable-the conscience clause for the parents. .

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THE CONSCIENCE CLAUSE FOR THE TEACHERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 28 July 1914

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THE CONSCIENCE CLAUSE FOR THE TEACHERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 28 July 1914

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