HC Deb 09 December 1912 vol 45 c45
86. Mr. KING

asked the President of the Board of Education whether inquiries are being made into the methods and results of the Montessori system and its applicability in this country; and, if so, how it is proposed to introduce a system under which children are admitted at two years, whereas most local education authorities now exclude them till five years of age, and fifteen superficial feet per child are required, whereas our standard of nine superficial feet has not been attained in many schools?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)

The Board published, on 1st November as an educational pamphlet, a report upon the Montessori system made by Mr. E. G. A. Holmes. In publishing the report the Board were careful to state that they did not necessarily endorse the opinions expressed in it. They have not suggested the introduction of the system into public elementary schools.