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The Wesleyans and the 1870 Education Act

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269649.003.0012
The Wesleyans and the 1870 Education Act

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In his second Inaugural Address in February 1870, he reminded the Westminster students that both the Church and the Methodist work of education, in order for these to be grounded on the essential principles, have to be perceived as works of the past, present, and future. He asserted that the Wesleyan denominational schools had to gain further support through accepting the involvement of the state in the future. The Inaugurals he delivered were intended not only for students as these contain some of his major contributions to educational thought. The audiences of these Inaugurals often included the Methodist hierarchy and some prominent educationalists, and these Inaugurals were fully printed in Wesleyan newspapers. In this chapter, we look into how Dr Rigg took on various issues through examining all aspects of the problem, particularly Education Art, and the many comments that this style received from recognized Wesleyans.

Keywords: Inaugural address; state invovement; Wesleyan denominational schools; educational thought; educationalists; Methodist hierarchy; Education Act

Chapter.  8611 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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