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The Theory of Integration. By L. C. YOUNG. (5s. net. Cambridge University Press.)
It is a difficult matter for those engaged in school teaching to keep in touch with modern developments, partly from lack of leisure but more from difficulty of access to suitable literature. At a meeting of the Mathematical Association a year ago, Prof. Hardy said: I hope that members realize that, in order to be a serious mathematician, it is necessary to have some knowledge of modern theories of integration. To be a serious mathematician and not to use the Lebesgue integral is to adopt the attitude of the old man in a country village who refuses to travel in a train." Hitherto there has been no English text-book which dealt with these ideas in a sufficiently simple and compact form to be of any real service to school teachers. This gap has now been filled by this admirable tract, the latest of a well-known and authoritative series. It is not easy reading, but the tract assumes no previous specialized knowledge, so that any trained mathematician who is prepared to take the trouble can master its contents. The path of the reader would be smoothed if, in a future edition, the arguments could be illustrated more frequently by examples.
Differential Geometry of Three Dimensions. By Prof. C. E. WEATHERBURN. (12s. 6d. net. Cambridge University Press.) The vector calculus is full of interest, and no more difficult to master than any other form of mathematical apparatus. In this volume the author sets out to show that it can be used to simplify the treatment and condense the presentation of the theory of differential geometry. He has done much pioneer work, and has broken new ground. The interest of the subject-matter and the originality of treatment should attract many readers. Preliminary Geometry. By H. MCKAY. (25. Oxford University Press.)
A well-arranged course of examples in drawing and arithmetical calculations. As a preliminary introduction to the subject-matter of geometry, this course should be valuable, for it makes very little demand on powers of reasoning.
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Like Mrs. Bearman's "Translation from and into French this book has been compiled with a view to meeting the requirements of candidates for the First Public Examination. Both books contain a grammatical introduction, French prose extracts and English ones based on these, and a number of poems. The English passages contain, in brackets, references to sections of the introduction; but neither the prose nor the verse extracts in French have any notes, such as Mrs. Bearman provides in her book. At the end are some synopses of the French and English passages which should be found useful for retelling the stories in a free composition" form.
Chateaubriand (Selections). With Appreciations by Thierry, Flaubert, Vinet, Sainte-Beuve, Nisard, Faguet, Brunetière, and Lamaître. With an Introduction and Notes by G. ROGER. (4s. 6d. net. Clarendon Press.)
The romantic movement is of such outstanding importance in French literature, that its great precursor deserves careful study. It is convenient for the student to have a selection from his works, and the one compiled by M. Roger represents every aspect of Chateaubriand's work by suitable extracts. A brief but adequate introduction deals with his writings and his position in French literature, and the editor did well to include also a number of appreciations and criticisms by Thierry, Flaubert, Vinet, Sainte-Beuve, Nisard, Faguet, Brunetière, and Lemaître. A good reproduction of Trioson's well-known portrait, now in the Musée de Versailles, is the frontispiece. Practical Spanish Grammar. By Dr. A. R. SEYMOUR and ADELAIDE E. SMITHERS. (4s. 6d. Longmans.)
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This latest addition to Pitman's Common Commodities Series, earlier volumes in which have been favourably noticed in these columns, is of the usual type and well up to standard. book which should find a place in every school science library, and will be of particular value in rural schools, where the fertilizer problem is a matter of everyday observation. In addition, every teacher of chemistry will find numerous points of interest in it, which he may use with advantage in his ordinary courses to effect that connection with daily life so valuable for teaching purposes.
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Foreign and Dominion Notes
The Berlin Neue Erziehung for March prints in full a speech delivered by Commissioner Lunatscharski in Moscow at the end of last year on the need for making compulsory education universal in all the Russias. A decree of 1925 fixes the end of 1933 for the accomplishment of the stupendous task. The Commissioner's speech gives a sketch of educational development since 1917, and a picture of the Soviet schools of to-day. It dwells on the many difficulties in the way of universal compulsion-especially on the provision of training for the necessary teachers, and of money for their salaries-and ends by sharply contrasting the spirit of the old education still prevailing in Western Europe and that of the new spirit in Russia, with its one co-educational labourschool for all. The speech was first made public in the Moscow Teachers' Journal, with an éditorial comment from which the Neue Erziehung quotes as follows: "To-day, when the gigantic contours of Russia's economic development are fully revealed, it is clear that no further forward movement is possible until illiteracy has been destroyed. The opinion, even of the peasants themselves, is unanimous that the speedy provision of universal compulsory schooling is a task that can no longer be neglecteda task, moreover, of immense proportions owing to the Tsarist legacy of illiteracy and impoverishment. Particularly disturbing is the low level of popular education in the republics of the national minorities, and in certain outlying districts where the people have scarcely moved at all since the days of Ivan the Terrible. Milliards of money will be needed if this appalling darkness is to be overcome."
The Bombay Municipality sends us the Report of its Schools Committee for 1926. Among other signs of A New Era. the universal forward movement we note Baby Weeks and Education Weeks, Visual Instruction and Systematic Music, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. The most prominent feature of the year has been the partial introduction (after a preparation period of ten years) of Free and Compulsory Primary Education" the foundation of a new era in the educational history of Bombay." In the districts affected fortytwo new schools have been opened, and the attendance (out of a possible total of eighteen thousand) has already risen from six thousand to twelve thousand. It is confidently anticipated that the current year will bring in the rest. Most of these new schools are at present mixed, but separate schools are promised as the number of girls increases. With co-education gaining ground in nearly every civilized country, this projected separation, even in India, strikes us as timidly reactionary. Mohammedan girls are at present exempted from compulsion, but the Government is being urged to bring them also under the law-at least to the age of ten.
Women and Education.
A further reform, consequent upon the abolition of schoolfees, is the abolition of water-fees. It has been the custom, it seems, in certain schools to collect monthly from the pupils from one anna to two annas per head to defray the expenses of providing them with water." And these pupils are our fellow-citizens ! The Progress of Education reports an All-India Women's Conference in Poona, at which the Maharani of Baroda struck a significant note: “The majority of women at present occupied with the problems of female education have had their own education along lines laid down by men. That is still the only kind of education available in our girls' schools and our universities. The first step in reform is freedom from this bias." Education reports a similar Conference in Madras, opened by Viscountess Goschen, at which the President (also an Indian lady) declared that the time had come for Indian women to have a say in the guidance and training of their own sons and daughters." This Conference demanded compulsory moral instruction and domestic science, greater facilities for hygiene and the fine arts, and the prevention of marriage before sixteen.
The latest Report of the Minister of Education (July, 1926) opens with a "confident statement as to a A Good Year. further substantial increase of efficiency in the working of the educational system." Methods and curricula are being modernized, and the heating, lighting, and ventilation of school-buildings greatly improved. To bridge the gap between primary and secondary, junior high-schools have been introduced. Rural education has been strengthened by a further consolidation of small schools-despite difficulties of transport. And the serious problem of retardation has been partially met by a reduction in the size of classes, and by the establishment of special classes for backward children-in which numbers are limited to sixteen, and the working day divided equally between head, hand, and body. The results of this experiment are reported as most encouraging.
A Correspondence School for backblocks" children, in operation for the past five years, is now regarded as Backblocks. permanent. The work of the five hundred children on the roll last year was regarded as thoroughly satisfactory. Of special interest are the sections on Native Education and Child Welfare. Our space is too limited for detailed reference, but it is not without significance that last year's Child Welfare Act provides for the creation of a special branch of the Education Department, to be known as the Child Welfare Branch. This whole section reads like a page from the Bulletin of our own National Council of Social Service.