chapter  1
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Introduction

The term 'secondary education' is of comparatively recent origin so far as this country is concerned, and was indeed imported from France by Matthew Arnold in 1859.1 His reiterated command to the country to 'organize your secondary education' served to popularize the term, which gained increasing acceptance to describe that type of education which catered for a rather higher social class than was normally to be found in the ordinary elementary schools of the country, and which continued for a somewhat longer period.