Listening to much that passes for bright ideas in education today — our Prime Minister in the Election Debate being but the most recent example — one could be forgiven for thinking that we are in a time warp. Here is a 1940s view:
My grandfather was on top of these debates from 1906 on. He favoured and practised an eclectic, undogmatic approach. Most good teachers do. Education ministers and bureaucrats are rarely so wise, especially when an election is in the wind. Right-wing talkback hosts and newspaper columnists are often even less wise.