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Folder 019 - "Montague, Mrs. A. P., 1913-1916", Item 019

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JAMES RIVER CLARION. DILLWYN, Va. March 23. EDITORIAL NOTES. THE CO-ORDINATE COLLEGE FIGHT AGAIN. We publish this week, under heading, "Educational Column," an article on this question by Sister Montague of Mount Laurel Local, No. 314. Sister Montague has made a special study of this and other educational questions and we shall be glad to avail ourselves of her kind offer to furnish with matter, from time to time, for this column. We are sorry to see this agitation and to hear that certain ladies are openly opposed to Sister Montague's plan. Is this a question of one lady or another lady carrying a point, or a game or our doing our best for our educational interests? Our Union is opposed to these higher educational institutions eating up the meager allowance we get for school purposes. We are not opposed to higher education, but to its being granted the citizens of either sex at the expense of primary education. It has been stated that certain school officials are using their influence to divert money from primary, to this higher education. We make no such charge, as we have not the proof, but if it be so, it is simply another proof that we need a sweeping reform in our state school system. Many of the best thinkers are opposed to co-education of the sexes, co-ordinate education or anything else, whereby boys and girls who have passed the age of "pig tails" and short trousers, should be educated together in one or "co-ordinate" institutions. This is a matter which does not so directly concern the union. Our opposition to indiscriminate state appropriations for such institutions is based on the fact that our primary schools are inefficient and should be improved, to take us higher than fortieth in efficiency before they receive state aid.