The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Volume14, 1903, pg. 235-240
Edited by Miss F. Noel Armfield, Sec., 26. Victoria Street, S.W.
To whom all Hon. Local Secs. are requested to send reports of all matters of interest connected with their branches, also 6 copies of any prospectuses or other papers they may print.
N.B.—Kindly write on one side of the paper only.
The Executive Committee has been approached with a view to starting Branches in the following places:—
Readers of the Parents Review living in these districts, or having friends there, are asked to communicate with Miss Armfield, 26, Victoria Street, S.W.
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Branches of the P.N.E.U. will shortly be opened at Briston and Croydon. Will members having friends in either of these districts kindly communicate with Miss F. Noel Armfield, 26, Victoria Street, S.W.
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Birmingham—The Feb. meeting was postponed, but it is hoped that in March Lady Isabel Margesson will read a paper on "That Old-fashioned Education is Unnatural.
Bolton and Farnworth—A meeting was held at Farnworth, at the house of Mrs. Harold Barnes, on Monday, Feb. 2nd, when a delightful paper was read by Miss Lucy Harrison, of York, on "The Cultivation of the Literary Taste in Young Children." The paper was very much
Rosary, Earlswood Common—(by kind permission of Mrs. Sewill) Mrs. Sieveking will then opne a discussion on "The Educational Value of the Study of Natural History." Collections of natural objects will be on view.
Richmond and Kew.—In Dec. a united meeting of the Teachers Guild and our Branch was held at the County Schools, when a very interesting discussion took place on the "Registration of Teachers' Orders in Council." Many teachers attended and great interest was shown in the subject.—On Feb. 7th, a meeting was held at Haverfield, Kew, when Rev. A. Hutton read a paper on "Bible Teaching To-day." The difficulties were fairly faced, and an able discussion followed on non-sectarian lines. There was a good attendance.
Wanstead and Woodford.—On Jan. 17th last, the Hon. Secretary entertained the members of this branch at Minto House, Miss Fanny Johnson (late Head Mistress of Bolton High School) lectured on "The Educative Influences of London"; Dr. Albert Wilson presided. The lecturer commenced her subject with what Stevenson has called "the great out-of-doors," showing her audience that even in London no child who had access to a park or public garden need be brought up quite in ignorance of Nature. That the botanist, the naturalist, the entomologist, is not obliged to leave his London, for specimens had been amply proved by Charles Kingsley. Much regret was expressed by the members with regard to the retirement of their Hon. Sec., Mrs. Wilson, owing to her leaving the neighbourhood. We are glad to announce that her place has been kindly filled by Mrs. Hayter, B.A., and Mrs. Frank Warner.—On Friday, Feb. 13th, the members assembled to hear Miss Rowland Grey give a most interesting lecture on "1802-1902, a social contrast." The lecture led to a lively conversation in which most members joined. A very pleasant hour was brought to a close by a vote of thanks being moved to Miss Rowland Grey and to Mrs. Fowler.
Winchester.—On Jan. 31st, for which occasion Mrs. Burge very kindly lent her drawing-room, Mr. Sadler gave a most interesting lecture on "Pestalozzi." It was not possible in an hour to do more than sketch the outlines of life and character of this remarkable man whose influence on education is felt and realized by us to-day. The powerful and graphic description given by Mr. Sadler of the gradual growth and development of Pestalozzi's ideas (unconsciously influenced by English thought and literature), his utter self-forgetfulness in nobly trying to carry out those ideas, even the portrayal of his faults (for he was recklessly extravagant and unpractical) could not detract from the feeling of reverence and admiration as one listened to the life-story of this undoubted hero. Everyone expressed their gratitude to Mr. Sadler for his stirring address. Mrs. Creighton will lecture on "Religious Teaching," at the Headmaster's House (The Cottage), on Monday, March 9th, at 3 o'clock.
Proofread by Leslie Noelani Laurio, December 2008
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