By Robin Betts
This well-researched old biography is the 1st on Dr. T. J. Macnamara, the 1st ex-elementary instructor to win a central authority submit. Colleague and shut good friend of Lloyd George, and praised by means of Winston Churchill, Macnamara was once an educationist, journalist and cupboard Minister. This research of his existence and profession makes an enormous contribution to academic heritage in addition to to the historical past of the Liberal get together, the nationwide Union of lecturers (NUT) and British political historical past ordinarily. attention-grabbing info of Macnamara’s pre-Parliamentary occupation are supplied and, along the biographical account, the publication bargains with a number of significant matters with which Macnamara used to be concerned. In schooling, executive regulate of college investment and the curriculum within the Eighteen Nineties is taken into account including the emergence of undemanding university academics as robust public figures, the operation and decline of London’s first schooling procedure (the London institution Board 1870–1904), and resistance (especially in Wales) to Balfour’s 1902 schooling Act. safeguard concerns function: a view of the 1st international warfare palms race from contained in the Admiralty; the Admiralty through the First international struggle from the viewpoint of the single govt minister who held an identical workplace through the hostilities, operating with, between others, Churchill and Balfour. Macnamara’s institution of the dole on reaction to the post-war fiscal hunch, 1920–22, can be thought of. very important research is incorporated of the fragmentation of the Liberal social gathering within the Twenties, leaving Macnamara as one of many final of Lloyd George’s supporters.
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But if they could chastise with whips, Macnamara could chastise with scorpions. 21 In 1885–86, as he became Secretary, there were 108 members. 22 At rehearsals of the Bristol Musical Festival Society in 1885, Macnamara met Rachel, elder daughter of Angus Cameron, formerly of Aberdeen. 23 Though, according to Waddington, Macnamara could pass as a Devonian or Scotsman, as well as an IrishCanadian,24 he was always proud of his Irish descent. When he moved to London he gave the name ‘Clontarf’ to two of the houses he lived in, recalling the battle in 1014 at which the power of the Danes in Ireland was effectively broken.
Sharples, the oldest, was to hold the position last. Twenty-five years later Macnamara could remember the beginning of the Spring Grove day. 9 There was a choir of 300 pupils; he became its conductor. A programme for the Annual Distribution of Prizes and Children’s Concert for Monday 10 March 1884 has survived. ’, and included part songs by Mendelssohn and Reichardt and the old English air ‘When the Rosy Morn’. Having been awarded his teaching certificate or parchment as a result of the annual inspection, Macnamara began to look for promotion.
When he opened it in 1884, he said, there were about 130 of the roughest samples of boy material that ever teacher gave up in despair. He had devised a scheme whereby the work in each subject was divided into nine parts. One part was dealt with by the teacher and examined by the headmaster each month. By this system the year’s work was thoroughly got through in nine months, leaving the last three months before HM Inspector’s visit for revision. In November 1884 eighty-nine per cent of the pupils passed the annual examination, while a year later the figure had risen to ninety-seven per cent.
Dr Macnamara 1861-1931 by Robin Betts