Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 12.07.1947: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 12.07.1947: News

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The form master: duties and rewards

The problem of excessive specialisation among secondary school boys and girls has for some time been widely discussed by educationalists. It is becoming apparent that a similar problem manifests itself in the younger generation of teachers.

Now that increasing responsibility for the whole cultural, moral and religious training of youth falls upon schools, the need for taking a wide view of their duties and opportunities should be put before aspirants to the teaching profession.

It would be a serious loss to English education if, through any narrowing of vision or any lack of confidence, the supply were to dwindle of a type which has hitherto been a backbone of the schools - the teachers who are "form masters", taking their pupils in several subjects and able, in some real sense, to regard their forms as their own personal responsibility. This work involves the readiness and ability to teach, say, the main English subjects as well as science, or at least one modern language as well as history. …

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