15th June 2014

“The much-vaunted education system for the poor that the Church introduced was specifically for the promulgation of the Church of England's doctrines. Indeed, the society, formed in 1811, that proposed the idea was called The National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church (nowadays, for some reason, just The National Society). Literacy and numeracy were add-ons, if appropriate. Indeed, when the state showed an interest in providing universal education, the Church was the first to oppose it.”

Terry Sanderson