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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript OR that 4 t a leg* tsion I BcretanJ it t<> 4 eant ed"' standill ti/.cns I he worl11 tttions nuti'V a* 5COe« la ' 1 tvhen <'" As ,i Board! n is A j yOU re •e is i tion gov til"1 efD ip id re issUJ ,s for i er thi"!-:, of acfl ilatiooj 'Vt^' i hat l j, el. I*'"1' eclat ,ti<" laniti"",, u.i.n';1,, 'n'trf though l/S that ( A jNfis' Sh i' is not landing on any state. f|ilf Wj6f ^al sense. It was voted for by i,i,'i' K.. hu oh* RfSS nth »3 ■nt. lamp1. ... tanM mid , en W "> ,nd *J ore ft »tb*y this f icy ot i/'1 BAD INFLUENCE? Rational Education Association. Everyone was allowed to get into the a°t, and a lot of statements that were "lade represented purely personal "Pinions. It was clearly stated in the Pamphlets that this was the case and mat none of the statements necessarily ^Presented what UNESCO stood for. 'hink it is a misconstruction even of ^e statements in the pamphlets them- *lves to say that the people present *ere committed to the undermining of Rational patriotism. Of course, they anted to keep away from the kind of Patriotism that Hitler and Mussolini ad Stalin have cultivated which °uld deny the existence of any rights atside of one's own country and . atch would deny any responsibility A one's country for the welfare of ner countries as a means to having ,°dd peace. Therefore, I think the ! I;ges made about those pamphlets the first place miss the target, ^""I'ly UNESCO. In the second r*°e, the meaning of those pamphlets P? heen misconstrued; and in the Jm place, those pamphlets were not ■j!rected toward the United States. d eV were directed toward all nasi!^ and UNESCO has not made any 2j a] effort to undermine the patri- .,'s"i of the children of the United j ,es, even if it were undermining tone's patriotism. Signed to raise standards ..he third question . |] .SCO in propagandizing lor the UNEs i"iive JShts ai ^liili is, "Does £',Vc''sal Declaration of Human ittempt to destroy the Ameri- ffp" ,51|i of Rights?" The statement has \ gently been made that UNESCO IhjPropagandizing the destruction of fehrl- • °^ R'Shts because it is propa- D(,ping the Universal Declaration (g'hirnan Rights. Now, it is necessary ;,lr\('' a number of things clear as re- L s 'his matter. In the first place, the L|,('r.sal Declaration of Human l^s. i not a treaty. It is a resolution V,t '.'>' the General Assembly of Idjt, ^nited Nations in December, ~,.y This document states some high well by the m, ' "ussia, Vm ?tates' The United States rcp- [f jt atives spoke eloquently in favor W^:. 'o follow up the Universal Dec- Vt°n."f Human Rights, the Human \,j. ,s Commission, the Economic and \il Council, and the General As- \\,y "f United Nations have been \t nS on the development of cove- •*lj( ' These draft covenants repre- E .''"cinpts to put in treaty form minimum obligations which 15 Forum News, April, 1956 countries would be willing to undertake. It is clearly stated in the drafts as they have been prepared to date that the obligations are minimum, and that higher obligations which may be contained in tt nation's constitution and laws would continue in effect in that country. Now, some people have ignored this whole situation and have declared that if the covenants as now drafted were to be adopted in the United States they would deprive us of certain of the liberties we now have under the Bill of Rights. That is an absolute falsehood; it is a complete National Commissions Serve as Links X HE Secretariat in Paris cannot carry out the whole of the UNESCO program. This must be done mainly by the National Commissions coordinating their efforts through the Secretariat. The National Commissions arc a unique feature of UNESCO. They provide the machinery whereby peoples can talk to peoples. If the supporters of our organization in the member states ever forget that in ever} country the execution of the UNESCO program must begin al home, if they conic to think of the Secretariat us being all of I \i:.SCO and the National Com- in i^sions merely as associations of individuals who take an interest in UNESCO, then our organization is doomed. Instead of peoples talking to peoples all that we shall have is bureaucrats writing to bureaucrats. I know- that you are determined this shall not happen. (Statemenr by former Dirctror- General Jaime Torres Boiler in leader, "UNESCO," July, 1952.) wrenching of the documents from their basic meaning. I think most of the attackers do not even try to explain away even the provisions to which I have just referred. . . . UNESCO is trying to achieve goals in the general direction of our own Hill of Rights and trying to pull nations along to a higher level of equality and of freedom, and ... it litis no intention whatsoever of reducing the rights that people already have. The fourth point relates to the revision of textbooks. UNESCO has been interested in the revision of textbooks from the beginning. Naturally, it is interested in textbooks. It would not be taking education seriously if it did not believe that textbooks are important; it would not be taking education seriously if it did not believe that what the children learn in their early years in school determines what happens to nations when those school children become the statesmen, the diplomats, the politicians. UNESCO wishes textbooks revised. UNESCO wishes lies to be taken out of textbooks, lies like the one that was in a book of United States geography saying that Costa Ricti was a backward little Latin American republic which grew bananas and assassinated its presidents. When this statement was examined, it was proved beyond per- adventure of a doubt that in Costa Rica not ;is many presidents had been assassinated as in the United States. MEMBERS REVISE OWN BOOKS Now, what is UNESCO's method in the revision of textbooks? The statement has been made and printed in numerous forms that UNESCO wants to revise our textbooks and choke them down the throats of our children, even inject the virus into the babes in the cradle. This is a complete distortion, a complete lie. UNESCO's program is, and always has been, to encourage the member states to revise their own textbooks, to come nearer the truth about what they say concerning other countries, and that is all there is to it. Of course, UNESCO hopes that in the program of education about the United Nations, and in the program of education about the specialized agencies there will be something that tells the truth about the United Nations and UNESCO and so forth. But, the whole purpose of the program ol revision of textbooks is to get the truth, the valid historical truth, into the books so that nationalistic lies will be eradicated and the children will get a balanced, a truer picture (,l the world in which they live. UNESCO encourages each nation to take a look at its own books and then encourages each nation to take a look jointly with its neighbor at what they say about one another in their textbooks. UNESCO would encourage the United States and Canada to look at what their history books say about the War of 1812 and see if they can recognize it as being the same historical event in the two sets of books. I am told that in some of the books you cannot recognize it as being the same thing on tlie two sides of the boundary with our great neighbor to the north. UNESCO encourages even multilateral examinations of textbooks, but it never imposes anything. It has no authority. All UNESCO can do in Page 21 fs /
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