100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Jan­uary 6, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

MUCH is heard nowa­days of the re­spec­tive mer­its of dif­fer­ent sys­tems of ed­u­ca­tion. It may be in­ter­est­ing to re­call that the prin­ci­ple of com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion was first adopted in Scot­land con­sid­er­ably over four hun­dred years ago. In the fifth Par­lia­ment of James IV an Act was passed which pro­vided that ‘all barons and free­hold­ers, that are of sub­stance, put their el­dest sons and heirs to the schools,’ from six or nine years of age till they ‘be com­pletely founded, and have per­fect Latin’.—an­gus Hen­der­son

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