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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 11. 1962


In his talk to the Socialist Club, Dr. Hey, a lecturer in the Education Dept., described the part education has played in transforming a class society, which had stabilized itself through its education system. This situation existed up to the English Education Act of 1944. The schools did not give social mobility. They corresponded with classes and preserved them by teaching the values of social classes and reinforcing class-consciousness. Examinations don't mean much.

In the Universities for instance, members of the wealthier classes could spend 3 or 4 easy years learning the proper habits of "conspicuous consumption" suitable for their position. They did not have to pass any exams.

Dr Hey early made an assumption from which to argue. He assumed that as society has become more complicated requirement of leadership have become more demanding. Techniques of selection have been developed to extract capable people. This is apparent in the highly developed nature of education systems in America, Britain, Russia and elsewhere.