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SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL TRENDS OF THE MID- NINETEENTH CENTURY

WHEN Matthew Arnold was gazetted Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools on 15th April, 1851, 1 not only was he entering upon a new and very promising career of social usefulness, but English education also was at a critical stage of development. Roused by the ferment of the period, it too was beginning a new career, tentatively taking its first footsteps along the uncertain path of National Education that was to become clearer and more-defined as the century wore on.