6 MAY 1865, Page 3

On Wednesday, 3rd inst., a meeting was held at the

Social Science Association to consider the best mode of applying fonds to the education of girls, the Dean of Canterbury in the chair. Professor Plumtre, of King's College, thought one of the best ways of applying funds to the education of girls was to establish scholarships at girls' schools, which would enable those who gained them to pursue their education at some of the various ladies' colleges. The main question, however, was in relation to the commission recently issued to inquire into middle-class schools, and which will undoubtedly find that many endowments not originally intended to be monopolized for the education of boys are almost completely monopolized for that purpose. Mr. Hare called attention to the case of Christ's Hospital (the Bluecoat School), with an income of 50,000/. a year, of which only 5,0001. a year was originally intended to be applied exclusively to boys' education, 1-at which now educates about 1,100 boys and only 25 girls. It seems to us clear that such injustices should be as far as possible rectified by the commission on middle-class schools. We are well convinced that the standard of English culture will depend far more during the next few generations on the advance in the education of women than on that of men, which last has already reached a respectable standard, and the former is still, take the country as a whole, almost beneath contempt.