New Brunswick. Commission on King's College.

Abstract: Report of the Commission Appointed Under Act of Assembly Relating to King's College, Fredericton, 1854

The Commission established under the Act relating to King's College was charged with two objectives: to determine which system of education was "best adapted to supply the wants of the Province", and to determine if King's College as it was then constituted was able to deliver that system. When the report of Commissioners J. H. Gray, Egerton Ryerson, J. W. Dawson, John S. Saunders, and James Brown was tabled in 1845, New Brunswick's first University had existed as an educational institution for seventy years. At that point in its history, there were extensive recommendations to alter its structure.

On the first point, the Commissioners stated unequivocally that a university education ought to be "comprehensive, special, and practical". This included courses typically taught in universities in Great Britain and the United States, plus courses tailored to the local population, focussing on such disciplines as agriculture, mechanical, manufacturing, and commercial pursuits and interests of New Brunswick. The report went into further detail on the exact nature of courses to be offered, and on the non-denominational nature of the school.

On the second objective of the Commission, the Commissioners were again clear in their language. King's College was not "constituted" to be ab able to bring to fruition such a system as they had just recommended.

The solutions that the Commissioners proposed were not simply to be applied to King's College, but to much of the primary and secondary education systems as well. For example, in the report they pointed out that there would have to be remedies established for the "chief anomalies and weaknesses" which existed in the Grammar and Parish Schools. They also made a strong plea for the establishment of a Model and a Normal School, and, concomitantly, the development of a system of libraries.

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Commissioners: John Hamilton Gray, Egerton Ryerson, John Simcoe Saunders, Sir J. W. Dawson, James Brown.

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