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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 16. July 27, 1950

Swot Shops?

Swot Shops?


I am much, interested in the two articles appearing: on the front page of "Salient," this week. From my limited experience I would concur with the opinions expressed there." These are some further points that I would like to raise.

(1) Different subjects require different methods of approach which vary from stage to stage, and according to the students interests and relative abilities. "Salient's" reporter could well carry out some investigation and the paper give some publicity in this direction thus helping students to avoid finding themselves, half way through the short session, off the trail, or even worse, in some units at stage III, out of their depth.

(2) I would question the prevailing erroneous belief that any Honours graduate is automatically qualified for appointment as a teacher—not that professors, lecturers, tutors, and demonstrators claim to be teachers. But anyone who would impart knowledge effectively and inspire sincere enthusiasm for the acquisition of knowledge, must be a teacher in manner and spirit, if not in name.

(3) Why do the university authorities, many of whom obtained their degrees in the relatively palmy "good old days," delight in "putting on the screws, for present day students, under the pretext of "putting up the standard." This is most evident in the Faculty of Medicine.

In other words why not have a university in spirit, as well as in name, and not just a series of "swot shops."