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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938



In the meantime. Let us apply this "social interpretation of the mind" to our own society.

The beliefs, the prejudices of all adults have all been socially inculcated. In most cases they were acquired during childhood and adolescence—when the mind was ductile. Since they have ossified. And through the years they will become encrusted.

Looked at squarely, education (and not merely in schools) consists of little else than the inculcation of traditional prejudices. Just as the language of a people sinks into its members—so do its traditions. And few worry themselves with the business of verifying them.

Most of the absurd, irrational traditions of a culture are emptied into a child's mind during his first unremembered seven years. Imposed upon him on their own authority. Emptied into his head like concrete from a mixer—and left to set.