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TOWN V. COUNTRY. The time has come (remarks the Rookfellow) to revise the old notions of the comparative importance of town and country schools, of large and small attendances —and this revision will apply not to New South W r ales only, but to all Australia. For many a year to come the conditions of Australia will make necessary that many of her people labour in scattered homes', far from centres of civilisation. For such people the schoolteacher, if he be the right man,, can supply the influence essential to their life and growth as citizens. He will not conceive his duty ended when lessons are ended, but in virtue of his knowledge and character will become a refining and uplifting force at work throughout his small community. And the right man can be found with adequate remuneration, with adequate encouragement. It is in the Bush of Australia that education is most needed, and least given. No Australian director of education will do his duty fully until he makes the best provision where the greatest need is. We are demanding, of course, from Australian directors of education three very rare things—the brains of an administrator, the energy of a prophet, and the heart of a poet. Mr O’Conor is possibly content to be an excellent official ; and the bitter cry of his outcast teachers continues. They should make their organisation effective ; pay an energetic secretary a good salary ; and fill the public ears with the clamour of their grievances. The public is deaf ; but it is not unsympathetic, and in the end it will hear. Was there ever a State Department reformed from within ?

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Educational., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907

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Educational. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907