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ERIC Number: ED012433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Nov
Pages: 1
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THE LEARNING SOCIETY.
THOMAS, ALAN
THE HUMAN CAPACITY FOR CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND CONDITIONS FAVORABLE TO LEARNING ARE THE FOUNDATIONS OF A LEARNING SOCIETY IN WHICH PART OF THE POPULATION WOULD AT ALL TIMES BE ENGAGED IN FULL-TIME STUDY. CHARACTERISTICS OF CANADA AS A LEARNING SOCIETY WOULD INCLUDE (1) A NATIONAL PROGRAM OF ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR TUITION FEES AND TAX CONCESSIONS FOR INDUSTRIES OPERATING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, (2) A SYSTEM OF PORTABLE PENSIONS SO THAT ANYONE COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MOBILITY THAT LEARNING REQUIRES, (3) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO AGENCIES OF FURTHER EDUCATION, AND (4) A FOREIGN POLICY THAT WOULD INCLUDE FOREIGN AFFAIRS EDUCATION, SUBSIDIZED TRAVEL, AND CITIZEN EXCHANGE. A CENTRAL COURSE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXPERIMENT IN THE FOUNDATIONS OF LEARNING, INCLUDING INSTITUTES OF LEARNING AT EVERY CANADIAN UNIVERSITY AND SUBSTANTIAL SUMS FOR RESEARCH INTO THE AREA, WOULD BE CANADA'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD. THE CONCEPT OF THE LEARNING SOCIETY, LIKE LEARNING ITSELF, INVOLVES NOT MERE ADDITION TO THE PRESENT, CHILD-ORIENTED EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURE OR AN INCREASED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, BUT DEMANDS THAT CONCERN FOR CONTINUOUS LEARNING BE A CENTRAL FEATURE OF NATIONAL POLICY. THIS SPEECH WAS DELIVERED AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADULT EDUCATION (OTTAWA, OCTOBER 1961) AND WAS PUBLISHED IN "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" (SUPERSEDED BY "CONTINUOUS LEARNING"), VOLUME 21(B), NOVEMBER 1961. (AJ)
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Identifiers: CANADA