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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS

SECONDARY SCHOOLS , : - CURRICULUM if' mmTo the Editor In Saturday's issue "Teacher" states that many of the general public will give the opinions of Professor Cooper and Mr. Blaiklock the greater weight because of their university status, and that there is a danger that the public might give "undue" weight to their views. He says also that minds trained in one field, such as these gentlemen have, may go astray seriously on matters outside that field. I think that the public can be trusted to value for themselves what both of them say or write without assistance or explanation from "Teacher." Apparently the latter is inside the fielcLof "the community's real needs" while Professor Cooper and Mr. Blaiklock are outside. His last paragraph is surely Pharisaical when it implies that parents must demand that the secondary schools and the university serve the community's real needs and not merely those of any particular subject. This is exactly what the two gentlemen in question are demanding, and exactly what "Teacher" is, in my opinion, failing to demand. I do not believe that Professor Anderson and the other lecturers of the Auckland University College are thinking only about their own special subjects when they write and speak against some of the curriculum changes in. post-primary schools. I happen to know that certain of "Teacher's" own fellow : teachers also criticise unfavourably some of the changes. "Teacher" can hardly charge them with being mere biased specialists. I suppose that in. the opinion of "Teacher" such pamphleteers as D. Loughnan, J. C. Reid, M.A. and C. J. Callaghan, M.A., etc., are unduly biased and are also against the "community's real needs." There are thousands of New Zealanders who are deeply disturbed about certain curriculum changes. Cannot they be organised, and their opinions focused, to resist the grave evil that is upon us? FRANK M. HILLS.

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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