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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM.

TO THE KDITOB. Sir, —l have always congratulated the public of New Zealand on having such a staunch supporter of the public schools as you have often been. Your article ‘Warned in Time’ will, I hope, be taken to heart by the people of the colony. 1 quite agree with you that oui system is in danger, and that it is threatened by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and theßible-ir-:chools party. It is also threatened by yourself and others who are always wanting sumo trumpery alteration, such as the abolition of plural voting. I have always supported plural voting, as it gives a minority the right to be heard. lam glad, however, that you have published such an article as that on Saturday last. I would, however, point out that you are more to blame thin anyone that the division ( n Mr Pyke’s Bi I should have been so close. During the last general election you supported the opponents of the secular system; you supported the Bible-in-school candidates against the secular candidates —viz., Mess's Allen, Cargill, Ross, and others. I agree with you that the Bible-in-school party is as much to blame in weakening our secular system as the Catholic and the Anglican clergy. No one can reverence the Bible more than I do. Our community teach it to our children. It is God’s revelation to us. We, however, believe that it can bo taught without the help of the Government. No one can say that Jewish children are not as well behaved as those taught in church schools. Our existence as a race amidst much persecution is surely proof that God’s truth does not require man’s aid. I would not have found fault with you, but you should remember that you are somewhat to blame for the present position of matters. You helped to defeat one of the ablest champions of secular education when, during the last general election, you supported the present Ministerial party, careless of what their views on education were. —I am, etc., S. E, Siiiumski. Dunedin, October 7,

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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM., Issue 8031, 7 October 1889

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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM. Issue 8031, 7 October 1889

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