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The Wesleyans and the Sandon Education Act,1874–1876

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/9780198269649.003.0014
The Wesleyans and the Sandon Education Act,1874–1876

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Dr Rigg's educational philosophy had significant impacts on several generations of schoolteachers as he became the principal of Westminster College. In his Inaugural Address in 1873, he emphasized that the initial principles should not be forgotten, and that all teachers should be Christians so that the character of those even in secular schools may be influenced. He also gave attention to the need for teachers to be patient and have sympathy so that they would be able to appropriately address the needs and difficulties of various scholars, and that the teachers need not necessarily have academic brilliance. In his 1880 Inaugural, Rigg articulated much concern toward the art of teaching and the difficulties experienced within the classroom, especially in rural areas. In this chapter, we introduce Lord Sandon and his contributions as the Tory vice-president of the Committee of Education, and how he had been able to initiate the Sandon Education Act.

Keywords: educational philosophy; Sandon Education Act; Lord Sandon; teaching; classroom difficulties

Chapter.  9623 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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