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R. H. Tawney

Birthdate: 30. November 1880
Date of death: 16. January 1962

Richard Henry "Harry" Tawney, generally known as R. H. Tawney , was an English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, Christian socialist, and important proponent of adult education.The Oxford Companion to British History explained that Tawney made a "significant impact" in all four of these "interrelated roles". A. L. Rowse goes further by insisting that "Tawney exercised the widest influence of any historian of his time, politically, socially and, above all, educationally". Wikipedia

„Apart from the children of the well-to-do“

—  R. H. Tawney

Secondary Education For All (1922)
Context: Apart from the children of the well-to-do, who receive secondary education almost as a matter of course, and whose parents appear usually, though quite mistakenly, to believe that they pay the whole cost of it, secondary education is still commonly regarded as a "privilege" to be conceded only to the exceptionally brilliant or fortunate.

„It is still possible for the largest education authority in the country to propose“

—  R. H. Tawney

Secondary Education For All (1922)
Context: It is still possible for the largest education authority in the country to propose to erect inequality of educational opportunity into a principle of public policy by solemnly suggesting, with much parade of philosophical arguments, that the interests of the community require that the children of well-to-do parents, who pay fees, should be admitted to public secondary schools on easier intellectual terms than the children of poor parents who can enter them only with free places, and that the children who are so contemptible as to be unable to afford secondary education without assistance in the form of maintenance allowances shall not be admitted unless they reach a higher intellectual standard still!

„The primary school is like the rope which the Indian juggler throws into the air to end in vacancy“

—  R. H. Tawney

Secondary Education For All (1922)
Context: The primary school is like the rope which the Indian juggler throws into the air to end in vacancy; that while in the United States some twenty-eight per cent, of the children entering the primary schools pass to high schools, in England the percentage passing from elementary to secondary schools is less than ten.

„The organization of education on lines of class“

—  R. H. Tawney

Secondary Education For All (1922)
Context: The organization of education on lines of class, which, though qualified in the last twenty years, has characterized the English system of public education since its very inception, has been at once a symptom, an effect, and a cause of the control of the lives of the mass of men and women by a privileged minority. The very assumption on which it is based, that all that the child of the workers needs is "elementary education" — as though the mass of the people, like anthropoid apes, had fewer convolutions in their brains than the rich — is in itself a piece of insolence.

„They would very strongly advise“

—  R. H. Tawney

Secondary Education For All (1922)
Context: They would very strongly advise that in selecting children for higher education care should be taken to avoid creating, as was done, for example, in India, a large class of persons whose education is unsuitable for the employment they eventually enter.

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„An erring colleague is not an Amalkite to be smitten hip and thigh.“

—  R. H. Tawney

"The Rise of the Gentry: A Postscript," The Economic History Review, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1954)

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