Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 5, No. 1 March 26, 1942
Wellington Rationalist Association. — Professor T. A. Hunter Addresses Record Audience
Wellington Rationalist Association.
Professor T. A. Hunter Addresses Record Audience.
"Adult Education and Democracy" was the subject of an address delivered to the Wellington Rationalist Association in the Association's rooms at 30 Courtenay Place on March 16th, The attendance was a record even for this usually well-attended weekly function.
Before we can achieve real demo cracy, said the speaker, we must regard education, not as a painful period of youth which must be hurried through as a preparation for "real life"; it must be a means throughout life of meeting the ever-increasing demands which modern society makes upon the citizen. Only by making education something more than mere training for a job can we avodi [sic] the danger of government be coming a dictatorship of the elite.
Dealing with the immediate organisational details of adult education, the speaker stressed the need for small classes with the utmost contact between lecturer and student. Rigid authoritative methods do not attract adults—discussion is essential. The furnishing of educational buildings might also be expected to re ceive some of the care lavished on wool-stores and banks.