Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:37

Freedom of Thought Imperilled




"There was less freedom of thought and expression in Australia today than there was in the nineties (ie. 1890s), the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Melbourne University Dr. G. L. Wood, said last night at a meeting of the Education First movement at Kew.

People, he said, were afraid of freedom of thought, particularly on education. The concepts of education and democracy were not married, as they needed to be, and the whole education system required to be put on a new basis."

"Teachers needed more training and of a different type, increased salaries and status and more respect from the community.....The system was custom-ridden, the curricula rigid and the classes hopelessly large."

"There was a lot of apathy and hypocrasy and futile bleating about education reform, but there was no real fighting for it as voters. There was no possibility of change taking place in our national education until apathetic parents took an interest in the matter. They were irresponsible about the training for life given to their children."

"It was only by a terrific majority of voters talking to politicians by ballot boxes that the urgently needed reform would come. Parents simply had not grown up and they thought the educational conditions of their day were quite satisfactory for their children."

"They had to bring an outdated education system into line with a modern world."

These quotes are Extracts from the 1945 Article : Full article

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Today Action is Needed to Convince Communities and Governments That Our Education is A Travesty


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