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THE REPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S COMMITTEE ON THE CLASSICS IN EDUCATION

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THIS Report is dated June 7, and was published July 20 last. The eighteen months occupied by the Committee's investigations were not excessive, in view of the inevitable cumbrousness of procedure, the immense mass of the material supplied or collected, and the 140 witnesses who gave personal evidence. The ground has, for the first time, been fully traversed. The results are to be seen, not merely in the conclusions to which the Committee came and the specific recommendations which they make, but also in two facts of the highest importance. These are, first, that we now for the first time know (if not exactly, yet substantially) where we are as regards the position of the Classics and the machinery of classical education, and that this knowledge is accessible to the whole public; secondly, that the problem is set forth in its relation to the whole sphere and compass of national education. The final recommendation of the Committee is that the Reports of the four Committees on Science, Modern Languages, English, and Classics should be considered jointly, and that the elements of agreement in them should

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