• Ian Hunter
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)


In 1867 Her Majesty’s Inspector Matthew Arnold concluded his ‘General Report for the Year’ by comparing the public elementary schools of the popular classes with the private schools of the middle classes. He did so ‘by placing in juxtaposition a letter written in school by an ordinary scholar in a public elementary school in my district, a girl of eleven years old, with one written by a boy in a private middle-class school, and furnished to one of the Assistant Commissioners of the Schools Inquiry Commission’.


Literary Education Human Science Public Elementary School Popular Education Personal Expression 
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© Ian Hunter 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Hunter
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesGriffith UniversityAustralia

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