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SCHOOL PRIZES.

TO THE EDITOB.

Sir,— As the question of prize giving is engaging the attention of school committees just now, the opinion of Dr Lawrio, Professor of the Institmtes and History of Education In the University of Edinburgh, on the subject may bo of some interest to members of committees. In a volume of ‘ Occasional Addresses on Educational Subjects,’ just published, he devotes an address to the subject of ‘ Examinations, Emulation, and Competition,’ and the conclusion ho arrives at is this: “Prizes should be abolished, and a certificate or card given to each pupil, which should recognise his merit! . . . Intellectual progress .can be measured by giving to each his due percentage. The theory here is that all, and not merely one, may have 100 per cent. This practically, of course, is impossible ; but all may play the game. The fixing of definite percentages, however, such as 90 or 91 per cent,, is apt to restore competition and all its evils. The best plan is to give all above 75 per cent, a first-class, all from 50 to 75 per cent, a second class, and all below this a third-class, no ticket at all being given when a boy falls below say 40 per cent. If a master can issue firstclass certificates to twenty boys in a class of twenty, be has thus twenty duces, and has attained the greatest triumph which it is possible for him as a teacher to attain, so far as mere instruction goes,”—l am, etc., Otitis. Dunedin, June 10. *

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SCHOOL PRIZES., Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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SCHOOL PRIZES. Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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