Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

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. *

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ESD18890612.2.39.4

Bibliographic details

SCHOOL PRIZES., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

Word Count
254

SCHOOL PRIZES. Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working