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Thursday, 4 June 1970

Dr SOLOMON (DENISON, TASMANIA) - Has the Minister for Education and Science seen the reported comments in recent days of 2 visiting educationists advocating the abolition of system? ls the Minister aware of the utter external examinations from our education impracticality of the English visitor's assertion - he is here on a government fellowship - that the teacher's job is to find out what the child requires for his growth and to provide it rather than to teach to a denned body of knowledge usually known as a syllabus? Has the Minister considered the destructive absurdity of the Americanbased educationist's remarks that real life, supported by television and films, is far in advance of systematic learning as a means of educating the young? Will the Minister take whatever steps he can within the jurisdiction of his Department to ensure that any removal of external examinations will result not from the acceptance of irresponsible criticism of our imperfect but firmly founded methods but rather from the development of alternatives whose superiority is demonstrable?

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