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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 17. 19th July 1972

Study Lacks Life

Study Lacks Life


The majority of students think in conventional tiers of thought and lack first hand experience of people. Original research for the undergraduate is unthinkable because he is not ready for the responsibility pre digested, cossetted and filtered by the respected authority. These unthinking cretins will never thrill to the joys of a new experience. (I am perpetually re-minded of the poor PBEC delegate who was flour bombed. — It was probably the first time he felt a genuine emotion in his life!)

Occasionally on campus we hear a plaintive cry for relevance in a course of study However, on closer observation we find that relevance is defined as analyzing that which we have already experienced. There is a real reluctance to experience new things. Somehow Life and Study remain two wholly independent entities. I would suggest that prescribed courses of study have caused this reluctance. There is no sense of adventure, discovery, or even immediacy in education today. On second thoughts, this programming probably begins at Kindergarten or even at the Mother's breast.

Tony King.