The Education Of The Labouring Classes

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A second chance to hear this programme which gives an impression of the nation-wide controversies which led to the passing of the Forster Educa tion Act 100 years ago.

Before we had entrusted the masses with the whole power of this country we should have taught them a little more how to use it... I beliere it will be absolutely necessary that you should prevail upon our future masters to learn their letters (RT HON ROBERT LOWE , MP: 1867)

Independence is of more importance than education, and if the child's wages are necessary to keep the parents off the poor rates, it is far better that it should ao to work at the earliest age at which it can bear the physical exertion (NEW-CASTLE EDUCATION COMMISSION: 1861)

Narrator DAVID MAHLOWE

Written and produced by STANLEY WILLIAMSON

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Unknown: Forster Educa

Unknown: Robert Lowe

Produced By: Stanley Williamson

An impression of the Victorian schoolchild for whom the Forster Education Act was designed 100 years ago

Including how, where, and by whom he was taught, and what his betters thought should be done about him.

Before we had entrusted the masses with the whole poteer of this country we should have taught them a little more hoic to use it... 1 believe it will be absolutely necessary that you should prevail upon our future masters to learn their letters (rt NON ROBERT LOWE , MP: 1867)

Independence is of more importance than education, and if the child's wages are necessary to keep the parents off the poor rates, it is far better that it should yo to work at the earliest age at which it can bear the physical exertion (NEWCASTLE EDUCATION COMMISSION: 1861)

Narrator DAVID MAHLOWE Written and produced by STANLEY WILLIAMSON

Contributors

Unknown: Robert Lowe