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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 16. 1972

Conventional Misunderstanding

Conventional Misunderstanding


[A letter from John Nicholls of the VUW Education Dept to Deborah Morris who wrote the article in last weeks Salient on the Head Teachers Seminar]

Dear Deborah,

I wonder if you would like to clear up a point of misunderstanding. I wouldn't like to give the impression that all students who protest or revolt are post conventional in their reasoning. Some certainly are, but there is a load of preconventional reasoning, by revolutionary students and others. I used Abbie Hoffman as an example of someone who recognised the immorality of people and institutional practices in American society, but advocated action based in part on a morality similar to that which he attacks.

Do you think it worth clarifying - that all the revolutionaries are not post conventional types.

Regards, John Nicholls.