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Mr T. Ryan is a South Australian visitor, who is inquiring into our education system. He has sat in Parliament, and was president of the South Australian Education Commission. Now he is an individual commissioner inquiring into many problems. "We in Australia are desperately interested in education problems," ha said to a 'Lyttelton Times' representative, "and as you are spending more money both in the aggregate and per head, we are paying much more attention to you now." But Mr Ryan's inquiries did not seem to have impressed him that the money was wisely spent, and he frankly admitted that he was in favor of centralisation. The experience of Australia had been that the more competent and restricted the head office was, the cheaper tha system was run. New Zealand was spending considerably more than New South Wales, which had the most perfect system of education. There waa too great a variety of governing bodies in New Zealand.

The gyeat hope for the future was medical inspection fn schools, Mr Ryan said. New South Wales had 14 doctors, 80 nurses, and 4 travelling hospitals engaged in the work, and money could not be more wisely spent. After that there should be a national conception of education, that would teach the child to face the problems of life, making the son of a farmer a better farmer, and the son of a blacksmith a better blacksmith, instead of trying to make him a poorly paid clerk. Mr Ryan was opposed to Scripture reading in schools, and said that it had no part in the curriculum of the Victorian and South Australian Bchools. He was interested in private schools, but was an educational cooperator rather than a capitationist. In the ultimate education of the child there must be a duty left to the parents, the State, and the faith, and if people were prepared to sacrifice the advantages of a free system, and teachers were prepared to give a life service for affection rather than remuneration, he had always held it to be the duty of the State to help and not to obstruct. The religious part of school life could not be built up by the State.

Mr Ryan is surprised that a system of federation has not been evolved already to deal with education, defence, Customs, and banking.

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A VISITING EDUCATIONALIST, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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A VISITING EDUCATIONALIST Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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