Hi

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools was supposed to come to visit one school. One of the teachers didn't like them, because:

They didn’t wish you to teach a child to write a decent letter and address an envelope properly; they wanted more self-expression, something called Free Drama or Eurhythmies; they had almost religious attachments to some unusual form of handwriting, script, or italic; they thought history could be taught by the making of a puppet theatre, geography by the installation of a rain gauge, and that disciplinary problems could all be solved by the setting up of a class committee before which the behaviour of the teacher could be criticized as freely as that of the most disturbing element in the class.

1. I understand that they felt some religious attachement to an unusual form of writing, alphabet (is it what "script" means here?), and italics (I think it refers to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italic_type )?

2. Does it mean that that class committee could criticize the behavior of the teacher as freely as any other troubling thing which happens in their class?
Newguestsome unusual form of handwriting, script, or italic
It's unclear, but I take it as "some unusual form of handwriting called "script" or maybe called "italic". Perhaps the reference is to cursive writing, as opposed to printing.

NewguestDoes it mean that that class committee could criticize the behavior of the teacher as freely as any other troubling thing which happens in their class?
It could mean that. I took "disturbing element" to mean "unruly student".

CJ
Hi

In one of the dictionaries I found that "script" is a particular form of writing called "cuneiform script". Is it possible in this case?

So that would mean that those school inspectors were cranks (as the author says) because they wanted the kids to learn to write italics and cuneiform?

Or maybe it just says that they were crazy about italics and cuneiform writing and no one had to learn it?