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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 3 (July 1, 1929)

Better Understanding Needed

Better Understanding Needed.

If these inventions are not to make slaves of the mass of mankind we must understand them and their social consequences; we must understand something of our own nature and development, something of our own history and of the history of other peoples, something of the delicacy of civilization, something of the brainy thought, the blood and tears, that have given us our social heritage.

In the widest sense of the term, then, education covers this process of adjustment of man to his environment, physical and social. As each generation begins with the accumulated wisdom and prejudice of its forerunners, the problem of equipping the next generation with the means of facing and solving its problems is becoming ever more difficult, and ever more urgent. “The citizen,” writes Professor Laski, “must be able to find his way about in the great world or else he ceases, in any real sense, to be a citizen. He must be able to form judgments upon issues so complex that their very statement is incompatible with simplicity.”