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146   LAWS OF ONTARIO

pliance with the general law is optional on the part of the parent, but not on the part of the child.

That the enforcement of such a statute should arouse a certain amount of opposition will not surprise those who can recall the resistance to the earlier truancy law, which made twelve years of age the limit for compulsory attendance, but the tendency seems to be towards a favourable view of the present measure, and with the exercise of tact and common sense in its enforcement and in view of the changes made in other Acts to meet the new situation, the objections now taken to it will probably disappear.

It may be some years before the provisions for part-time instruction between sixteen and eighteen years of age can be brought into effect. They are more elastic than those applying to the earlier age, but it will be readily seen that there must be considerable readjustment of conditions before their general application will be practicable. In the cities the voluntary attendance at technical schools shows a gratifying increase indicative of a desire for knowledge and a serious at-


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