6 FEBRUARY 1886, Page 22

Middle-Class Education. By the Rev. J. B. Lee. (Itivingtons.)— Mr.

Lee has some very sensible remarks to make on the subject of " second-grade " schools. Himself the Head Master of one of those foundations which have been reconstituted on this footing, he knows "where the shoe pinches." He complains very justly of the want of organisation which prevails in the secondary education of this country. The schools are isolated fragments, and they lose much of their effectiveness thereby. And he has something to say about the con- stitution of the governing bodies. At present these are constructed in a very haphazard way. The one with which Mr. Lee himself has to do is practically under the control of the Board of Guardians, who can nominate, directly or indirectly, a majority of the members. Of course, the result is, to say the least, not ideally perfect. And generally it is quite an exception to find any one on the governing body of one of the smaller schools who knows anything prac- tically about education. The study of Greek is another matter on which Mr. Lee has something to say. He is for what we may call "free-trade" in Greek. He would have the extra fee which is commonly charged for it removed ; and the subject left, as now, voluntary, but not weighted with a discouraging burden. At present the effect of the extra fee is that the connection between the second-grade and the first-grade sehools is weakened. The ordinary second-grade scholar does not learn Greek ; and when he develops talent enough to entitle him to meant into a first-grade foundation, it is found impossible to make up for lost time. The average parent is quite slow enough to appreciate the value of Greek, without having this additional reason for objecting to it. Mr. Lee's able volume is full of good sense.