§ Sir J. Graham Kerr
asked the President of the Board of Education, in reference to the elementary schools, what proportion of school-time is allotted to elementary training in, respectively, observation and the correct interpretation of observation, religion, morality, personal cleanliness and manners, team-work, discipline and the power of clear and correct expression in the English language, spoken and written, as constituting important factors in the make-up of the good citizen?
§ Mr. Ede
It is not possible to answer the Question in the form in which it is put, since the time tables of elementary schools are not uniform throughout the country and, apart from religious instruction, none of the factors referred to would be shown as separate subjects of the curriculum. I agree, however, with my hon. Friend that they are important elements in the makeup of a good citizen and, as is emphasised in the Board's handbook of suggestions for teachers, it is an essential aim of all that is done in elementary schools to develop and train children to become good citizens.