There is also a very practical aim. Serving teachers define the situations that they meet in a specific way and act on their definitions. Both the situations and the way that they define them are to a large extent the products of past historical circumstances. Therefore, if teachers are to act efficiently in their positions they must know something of how the system within which they are serving came to be what it is. The history of education
has great intrinsic interest to many, especially to those who are professionally concerned with the schools. But the subject has also a practical importance in that a knowledge of it will enable teachers to be more effective in their work, and the practical aim of this book is to enable teachers to be just this by knowing how the English system developed to its present state and what forces are at work on them in the school as they go about their task of teaching children.