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APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS.

TO THE EDITOB. Sin,—As Messrs Fulton and Jago at the late meeting of the Education Board saw fit to make a personal attack on me, I crave permission to make a few remarks on their speeches on that occasion. The matter under discussion was the appointment of teachers, and these members, in their anxiety to score a point, by turning aside from the subject under discussion to attack an individual member of the Committee which passed the resolution sent to other committees, became like two unworthy schoolboys in hitting below the belt, who would be " sent to Coventry,'.' or, to use a word these members may better understand, be "boycotted" by their higher-minded mates. To descend from the grave dignity of their position to make a personal attack is bad enough, but when a member of the Board descends to actual misrepresentation, or to so state facts that the apparent meaning is different from the real, then his fitness for the position he occupies is very doubtful. Why did not Mr Fulton honestly state that he was not interviewed until a communication had been received from the Kelso Committee, stating that the Kelso appoint' ment had been made, and that the name of the candidate to whom they were favor-

able had been omitted from amongst those Bent ? Why, also, did not Mr Fulton honestly state that he was then interviewed, in order to learn from him on what lines the selection of names had, been made, when the candidate whose name was omitted had a classification equal to that erf two candidates wliuse names were torwarded, and not, as Mr Fulton would make it appear, to complain of the; inclusion of any one name to the exclusion of any other ? The result of that interview was to impress me firmly with the necessity, in the interests of education, of having the present three-name-system done sway with. I had thought that Mr Fulton had such a strong sense of honor that it would have prevented him from descending to the baseness of attempting to score a point at the expense of honor. I was inclined to believe that the error lay in the want of clearness in his speech, which is in marked contrast to the clear, well considered, and dispassionate speech of Mr M'Gregor, and fully expected to see a letter from Mr Fulton making a correction, but since none has appeared I am forced to the conclusion that he (Mr Fulton) wishes his speech to stand as reported. Mr Jago secures a " Hear, hear," by the elevated sentiment of which he delivered himself in the first part of his speech. *' He trusted that members, instead of attributing to others unworthy and dishonorable motives for their action, would 1 ither «i i r o each other credit for the bc3l and purest motives in what they did.— (Hear, hear.)" And then later on "stultifies" himself by inferentially (rather a mean way) imputing motives not the best to me, and on no other ground than that of being "correctly informed." Surely Mr Jago does not mean to go upon the principle of "honor amongst tb'eves," and confine his practice of that elevated sentiment to members of the Board. Of the pettiness of Mr Jago's reference to the framing of the resolution, no 6erious notice need be taken beyond advising him to see that in future his information is correct and his informant to be depended on. The weightiest and most moving argument i 3 supposed to be contained in the conceding part of a speech. What is Mr Jago's wcightest argument ; his chief reason for wishing members to vote his way ? He hoped the Board would not " stultify " themselves. Not is it right and best in the interests of education to vote bo, but don't "stultify " yourselves. Truly, an elevated tone in which to appeal to men occupying such an important public position, and entrusted wicli the discharge of such important duties—men who are expectod to be governed in their actions by principles of right and justice, and by alone ! And how doe 3 this appeal correspond with Mr Jago's opening sentiment of "best and purest" motives. He is certainly consistent in his inconsistency. I am afraid that, like one learning to skate who finds his skates run away with him, instead of serving him. Mi' Jago has allowed his words to rim away with him, instead of making them servo him, for surely an experienced speaker like he is would never otherwise, in a public speech to a body of dignified men, appeal to the basest instead of the best motived. Speeches such as those of Messrs Fulton and Jago, and the possibility of such an appeal as that made by the latter, are not c»lcu'.ited to give either teachers or school committees confidence in the evenhanded justice of the Board. That the resolution passed by the Outram School Committee was considered of importance is amply evidenced by the number of committees who so strongly supported it, by the utterances of members of tho City and Suburban School Committees' Conference on the same subject, and by the fact that two members of the Board have notices of molioa for next meeting to amend the present system. In conclusion, I would commend to the attrition of members of the Board tho letter of " Square " in your issue of Monday, and that of Mr Isaac in the ' Daily Times' of Tuesday,—l am, etc., Movkr of Outram Committee's Resolution. Outram, June 25.

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APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS., Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS. Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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