Education and Social Work by F H (ed.) Pedley

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Writing on "Schools and People", The Guardian, 1965. § Great Britain alone of the great nations requires compulsory school attendance at 5 years. In Sweden, where academic and cultural standards are high, compulsory schooling starts at 7 years without apparent detriment to future performance. 34 EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK forthwith be regularized by a change in law. Most adults are so far removed from the experiences of their early childhood years, t h a t the variation of an hour or two or of a few months spent in t h e educational machine may seem of small importance.

2. 6. GESELL, A. and ILG, F. , The Child from Five to Ten, Hamish Hamilton. 7. RIDGWAY, L. , Family Grouping in the Infants' School, Ward Lock. 8. WILLIAMSON, G. S. and PEARSE, I. , Science, Synthesis and Sanity, Collins. 9. , Experiments in Education at Sevenoaks, Constable Young Books, Ltd. 10. TANNER, J . , Education and Physical Growth, University of London Press. 11. WALL, W. , Education and Mental Health, Unesco, Harrap. O. 12. DOBINSON, C. , Schooling, 1963-1970, Harrap. * The Association of Educational Psychologists, recommending some school changes to the Central Advisory Council for Education refers to " a gross underfunctioning" of the school as a focal point for community interest and activity.

H o w m a n y working people are using their full intellectual or aesthetic potential ? Perhaps in the answer to this question lies a clue to much current restlessness and dissatisfaction, and the present education system must accept partial responsibility. Technological advance is to be welcomed, for it should result in richer productivity, and in the release of m a n and w o m a n power to staff the expanding socio-educational services at present stunted and strained by lack of personnel and money, f W i t h the increase of the opportunities for individual learning will come to growing children a n awareness t h a t learning is something you do— not something you wait to have done to you.

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