The Free Education Issue, 1884–1891

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI:
The Free Education Issue, 1884–1891

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For several years, Dr Rigg articulated that he was against providing free education. He believed that this furthers the denial of parental responsibilities and leads to family berating, and he thus rejected the notion of ‘communistic philosophy’ in which the state takes on the educational responsibilities of the family. However, his principles led him to come in conflict with Joseph Chamberlain who emphasized the need for free education. Aside from how Rigg spoke during the International Conference on Health and Education and wrote an article in the London Quarterly Review to advocate his thoughts, he also highlighted how ‘private schools’ may have difficulty in successfully competing against schools that do not charge any fees. Although he considered the families who really could not pay, he drew attention to how it was written in the Scriptures that parents had obligations to care for their children.

Keywords: free education; communistic philosophy; parental responsibility; Scripture; Joseph Chamberlain; private schools

Chapter.  5927 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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