HC Deb 01 March 1912 vol 34 cc1783-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that there are practically no pictures of Colonial life or scenery in the elementary schools of the country; and whether he will take steps to secure that the provision of such pictures should be recommended to the local education authorities through their respective county and borough councils?


It is the practice of the Board to leave to the local education authorities the selection of particular books, appliances, or methods; but both the Code and the Board's "Suggestions to Teachers and Others," in dealing with the subjects of geography and history, make special mention of the British Dominions beyond the seas, and the "Suggestions" also refer to the use of pictures and photographs of people, scenery, and buildings. The hon. Member may be interested to know that the "Visual Instruction Committee" of the Colonial Office have prepared several courses of lectures upon the British Dominions with lantern slides to illustrate them. The lectures have been published, and are readily available to local education authorities who desire to use this excellent method of attaining the object the hon. Member has in view.