25 JANUARY 1896, Page 37


We accord with pleasure our customary greeting to the annual volume of the Journal of Education (Rice, 86 Fleet Street).—We have nothing new to say; the qualities of intelligence and sound judgment are still prominent, but there is still at least one important subject of difference between us. The controversy as to the clerical restriction on Head-masterahips was naturally raised by the vacancy at Rugby. It was carried on in the Times, and naturally received the notice of the Journal of Educa- tion. A correspondent who pleaded for it, is described as a " representative of old-fashioned respectability and ostrich-like conservatism." But there is little doubt that a pUbiseite of fathers would have decided for the restriction. When you can get such laymen as are mentioned in the Journal's fourth note, very good. But the gentleman mentioned in the first is not one of them, with all his admirable qualities. More it is difficult to say, but if this appointment had been made, the spiritual charge of the school must have been handed over to a chaplain, or put into commission among such of the assistants as happened to be in Holy Orders. It is hard to say which would be the more disas- trous to its efficient exercise.