5 MARCH 1932, Page 17


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—When my friend the Headmaster of Eton is supported in this well-worn controversy by my old chief, a former Headmaster of Harrow, I am provoked to interpose a word. I agree with both these reactionaries that it is important not to hamper the learning of Latin with unnecessary diffi- culties, and I agree with Bishop Welldon that "it does not greatly matter how Latin is pronounced." What does matter is that there should be uniformity, and it is the lack of this, and not the difficulty of mastering the reformed method, which in my opinion is a serious stumbling block. I have, as an occasional inspector for the Board of Education, visited many schools, and have observed none of the trouble supposed to be caused by the difficulty of learning Latin under the new method, but a good deal of trouble due to halting between the two pronunciations.—! am, Sir, &c.,