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School subjects are inter-related—we must teach them accordingly

Lessons from William Gladstone

By Patrick Derham  

William Gladstone in 1880

The question I have wrestled with in my time as Head Master of Westminster School is: what do we really want for our young people as they finish their secondary education?

Looking back over developments in recent decades, I consider that we have applied Utilitarian principles to education. How useful are the acquired skills? What are the career prospects of candidates? How can society benefit most directly from an educational service that is largely funded by the taxpayer? These are the questions…

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