chapter  13
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The Secondary Grammar School

With the official acceptance of the technical as well as the modern school as parts of the secondary system it became necessary in the interest of both types of school to define the limits of the new grammar schools. According to the Norwood Committee, for example, the 'distinguishing feature of the grammar school lies in the intellectual idea which it upholds as best suited to a particular group of pupils'. The grammar school pupil is one 'who is interested in learning for its own sake, who can grasp an argument or follow a piece of connected reasoning, who is interested in causes ... who cares to know how things came to be as well as how they are, who is sensitive to language as an expression of thought, to a proof as a precise demonstration, to a series of experiments justifying a principle'.