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VOL. III.-No. XIV.-DECEMBER 1, 1880.
THE EDUCATION QUESTION.
IN discussing the Education Question, I desire as much as possible to consider it apart from its political surroundings. It is unfortunate that the passage of the Education Act was associated with a party triumph; and as long as the question of retaining or amending it is made a party issue, I am afraid no real settlement will be arrived at. Already we have had members, on both sides, pledged everywhere to maintain the Act as it is; that is, to abstain from improving it even though they may see improvement to be possible. It may have been necessary to exact such a pledge, on the ground that no change at all was better than the particular change apprehended; but it is an anomaly and a misfortune that Parliament should be condemned to temporary paralysis. Meanwhile, if our hands are tied from changing the present system till we have consulted the constituencies again, we may, at least, employ the life-time of the present Parliament in calmly determining whether we cannot in any way ease the working of our actual school system. The more moderate Catholics, I believe, demand no more than this, and reasonable Secularists ought not to shrink from it.
The essential argument against the present system has been very well stated by Bishop Moorhouse in his address to the education VOL. III.-No. 14.
section of the Social Science Congress; and I think it will not be unfair to regard this as an official manifesto of the party who favour denominational education. It was so accepted by every speaker, on either side, who followed Bishop Moorhouse. Moreover, it came with particular force from Dr. Moorhouse, because he associated it with arguments which showed that he did not desire to whittle away or degrade popular education. A reformer who condemns our schools because they do not teach enough, and who wishes to see such subjects as history, physical science, and the laws of health taught to the sons of ploughmen, miners, and artisans, is a reformer whom, in these matters, at least, Liberals may feel to be one of themselves. Neither, I think, do Liberals or any large class of the community differ from Dr. Moorhouse in his belief that the whole fabric of human society is sustained by religious faith. Some among us, indeed may give a wider acceptation to that word than is usually given in clerical circles. We may think that Voltaire had more of the Spirit of God in assailing persecution than M. de Bonald in defending the punishment of death for sacrilege; and that Hume or Middleton did as good service to the Church in forcing it to reconsider its doctrine of miracles as De Maistre or Mozley have since done in commentating upon Hume. We may think, as Dean Church has admitted, "that mere civilisation may more and more do many things which in past times Christianity did;" or with the Rev. W. Freemantle that "the Agnostic may possibly see some sides of Christian work more clearly than many who seem more certain." But most of us do not even wander into these speculations. We reflect the inherited Puritanisms of English or Scotch households, with their intense faith in the written Word as the sustainer and guide of life. We are glad to hear that Confucius and Epictetus and Professor Huxley agree in advocating religion as the condition of happiness, self-respect, and self-discipline. But it is preaching to the converted to tell us all this. The class of theorists that shall declare religious speculation to be unprofitable, or religious teaching to be unnecessary, has yet, I believe, to be born in this country. There may be indifference on these matters, as there is all the world over; there is, I am convinced, no active unbelief.
It is, therefore, with Dr. Moorhouse's first inference, not with his first position, that Secularists differ. Having stated the premises which I have accepted, "it follows," says the Bishop, "that no system of education can be complete which ignores religious instruction." We may agree even with the words of this. Where we come to differ is when