3 SEPTEMBER 1921, Page 25

Two Plays from the Perse School. With a Preface by

Dr. W. H. D. Rouse and an Introduction by F. C. Happold. (Cam- bridge : Hafer. 3s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Happold in his introduction on the direct method of teaching is most stimulating. The Perse School, he explains, is not attempting to make poets of its scholars when they are set to write verse and plays, or actors when they produce them. It has simply found this device the most natural method of teaching literature and developing the imagination. The two plays printed are an example of the pupils' work. It is not their literary value that counts, but the obvious enthusiasm which went to their making. The first, The Death of Roland, was written almost entirely by a boy of fourteen, the second by a group of boys, For this reason the second is the more interesting of the two. Group work is one of the ideals of the Parse School.