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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 15. 1972



Mr Jack Shallcrass (Dep't of Education, VUW) provided the Seminar with some of the better, post-conventional (?) judgements, speaking out against specialisation of functions in the present educational system, a factor which he deemed to be "one of the most pervasive consequences of growth of rational control" He saw as perhaps, one of the goals of moral education, the need to provide some emotional satisfaction, over and above the strictly rational. Some factor that would create a sense of identity, and something that could be truly believed in something not subjected to the "double-standards" of society, that increasingly more young people are unable to morally reconcile themselves to. Mr. Shallcrass defined the aim of moral education as "a stimulation of growth towards more mature moral judgements and a clearer understanding of the universal principles of justice and love," and in light of this expressed a desire to see more young students involved in the teaching process, thus helping them by "giving them a valued and humanly satisfying function in the community."He saw protest, not only in the light of revolt against "double-standards", but as a desire for recognition and identity with the shared motivation of common concern.