Auden Emphasizes Independent Study and Specialization

published in the March 2, 1943 issue of the Phoenix

"I am frightened at the number of people who don't know what they want to do." This was the statement of W.H. Auden during a discussion on "The Role of Education in a Democratic Society" held Thursday evening in Trotter under SSU auspices.

Mr. Auden considers that there are two types of freedom in the world: freedom from fears and from being made to do anything against one's will, and freedom from interference. In order to obtain this latter kind, according to Mr. Auden, one must know what one wants.

He pointed out in a short introductory speech before the discussion several methods in which people can find out what they want. He stressed the importance of leisure and of being alone as an opportunity to make this decision.

Urges Early Specialization

Early specialization in one field in education, Mr. Auden feels, is better than general survey courses. He believes that concentration allows one to work independently and also teaches one how to learn. We are "far too dependent on teaching," he stated. "It would be better if you regarded teachers as boring old gentlemen." It is through other channels as well as through introductory courses that one receives suggestions of this all-important "love," according to Mr. Auden.


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