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ERIC Number: EJ907143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
What Has Been, What Is and What Might Be: The Relevance of the Critical Writings of Edmond Holmes to Contemporary Primary Education Policy and Practice
Richards, Colin
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v52 n3 p337-348 2010
Edmond Holmes was His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Elementary Schools from 1905 to 1910. No full biography of Holmes has been published nor any detailed critique of his contribution to the theory and practice of education. Yet his post-retirement observations on education were widely quoted and, in some quarters, very influential. They remain pertinent today in an accountability climate which bears some resemblance to that pertaining in 1911--the year in which Holmes' most influential book, "What is and What Might Be," was published. Following a brief account of Holmes' career this article focuses on some particularly memorable passages from his educational writing where he criticized policy and practice which he traced back to the period of the Revised Code and its successors and to the shadow it continued to cast a decade or so after its formal abolition. The article also attempts a brief personal commentary on the relevance of Holmes' critique to issues in contemporary policy and practice in primary education--the twenty-first counterpart of elementary education with which he was so closely concerned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom