18 DECEMBER 1886, Page 3

The Association for promoting a "Teaching University in London" held

a meeting on Wednesday, in which it was resolved "to approach her Majesty's Government for the pur- pose of obtaining from the Government and the Legislature the necessary measures for forming a Teaching University in London." What will probably happen will be that the Government, when • urged to take up this matter, will, as usual, appoint a Commission to consider the subject of so organising the higher teaching powers of the Metropolis as to induce these powers to co-operate in some corporation of which the most learned teachers in London would be either the moving spring, or at least some of the most influential of the springs. For our own part, we trust it will be the latter rather than the former. We do not believe that teachers, if not compelled to take counsel with genuine students who are not teachers, are by any means the best final authorities concerning the direction that should be given to the studies of others, and the changes to be made in the methods of teaching. Teachers, like other professional men, think too much of the extent of the actual demand, and too little of trying to make the demand what it ought to be.