13 AUGUST 1927, Page 16

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

SIR,—One of the advantages of Mr. Grenfell's system is that, contrary to Mr. Nelson's assumption, it does inspire thought and originality. My own boy, so taught, now takes a keen intelligent interest in two subjects which were previously drudgery to him, viz., the spelling and meaning of unusual words and the study of Latin. The study of the derivation, history and true meaning of words opens up endless vistas of interesting knowledge, and to " rationalize " our language would surely deprive us of many riches.

As reading and writing are among the first subjects taught in schools, Mr. Grenfell would naturally use them for imparting the first lessons in accuracy. This accuracy, once acquired, would be carried into other departments of life and relieve the world of part of its enormous burden in re-doing and revising inaccurate and careless work.—I am, Sir, &c.,


" Mayflower," Radlett.