Excerpt from The English Citizen: The State and Education It seems necessary to say a few words as to the scope and aim of this treatise. The growth of our State system of National Education is a matter so recent that it is t eugh to describe the details of arrangements as they actually exist. If they are to be properly understood, we must pass in review the efforts which were first made, the compromises effected, the changes and modifications introduced, during the last fifty years. At every point our national education system bears traces of its peculiar growth, and shows itself to be the result of compromise. Had the limits assigned to the volumes of this series permitted, it might have been desirable to refer to two other matters. The first of these is the further development of the system as indicated, on the one hand, in the changes recently introduced, and w engaging most serious attention, whose object is to mitigate any undue rigidity in the Code which the Education Department administers; on the other hand, in the extension of the influence of the State to Secondary Education, already accepted in Scotland, and likely soon to occupy attention as regards England. The second is a comparison of other systems with our own. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.