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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
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  • 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 viC' "e could have said something like this: 'All right, let's get our heads together. If there is any Possible question of subversion in the Pasadena schools, Want it exposed and eliminated. A man in my position Cannot afford the blight of such suspicion. Let's make an Appointment to thrash out this problem. If you're right, " he with you. II you're wrong, I'll expect you to be Nth me." ' Such a statement from Superintendent Goslin would j"ave pUt every one behind him — teachers, parents, the iard; in fact, the entire city. If he had handled the displeased citizens tactfully lie could have restored harmony 0 "i city rile vv ith conflict. But Mr. Goslin chose to take the defensive. He stoked J coals of suspicion between teachers and parents. His 'otude increased the fears of citizens who suspected ■"oversive influence. At the July 18, 1950. board meeting Mr. Goslin an- • ered tin- letter of the School Development Council. He Snored the request for an ideological investigation of his .^"""lustration and transferred attention to the idea that e Council had questioned the teachers' loyalty. In this av he reaped the support of the teachers; and the teach- 's "ere on the defensive. •ir,. "Mvumsts do not openly declare their affiliations. They - not straightforward. They are in hiding. They do not lenly present communism in books under the label of ""iiinism, but cloak it with certain of democracy's rai- j nts so that children accept communism along with , "jocracy, and the teacher unwittingly becomes a party ""' indoctrination. Vtu ' ^"os'"" made a mistake when he did not cooperate 1 the people who had asked for tin ideological investi- ,Jr '""■ Such an investigation would have proved his guilt '""> innocence; and if he were innocent, it would have i. ",V('d any and all suspicion of his administration. He ■*« to meet this challenge, and chose instead to widen e r'ft in the city. In the fall of 1950 Willard Goslin violated his contract "surping authority which was legally invested in the %n °^ Education. Without asking board approval, he JifJ^'tted the Pasadena schools to an expenditure of l'°09.78 for a child study project in conjunction with 1,5 "each and San Diego. Besides involving the schools Ei Cla' obligations, Mr. Goslin made plans for a school P program without discussing his plans with the board, s- ""ally the board had to take action. On Nov. 9 they l{r telegram to Mr. Goslin (who was attending a con- 'if(l'<(' in New York), requesting his resignation. In spite "tle £c°mplete disruption of the school system, the board ■ > '<ls planned to permit Mr. Goslin to save face and >-'» quietly. Wtk san himself was responsible for publicizing the \t\ 'ilt '"' had been fired. A few days later the superin- Wk ; '^turned to Pasadena. Upon his arrival, blasts of .v, '°n that were to rock the city for days commenced. I '°se who stood with Mr. Goslin pressured the board ML j nge its decision. An atmosphere of hysteria pre- lb) Caching ranks were split further apart. Citizens I . 'usive letters and telegrams to board members. Lists tl,,.''""'" Supporting Willard Goslin were published in jr**spapers. The Citizens Action Committee employed jf*|hle means to force the board to change its decision. M| '/ Will.ii (I Goslin's firing was literally lilted out hands of the local people. National intervention ll1'""'m News, April, 1956 broadened the conflict. If the board members had suddenly announced that they planned to abolish the public schools they wouldn't have received more publicity. Suspicion began to grow that the board members had blocked some national plot when they fired Willard Goslin. Many national organizations connected with education wired the Pasadena board asking for delay. Willard Goslin stated: "Nearly all of the organized strength of American public education and many laymen across the country have urged me to withhold my resignation." By this time the board members were alert to the organized pressure behind Goslin; therefore, they did not change their decision. Willard Goslin resigned but his false martyrdom had been broadcast to the nation. After public sympathy had been organized and demonstrated, the price of freedom for the Pasadena schools went up from $17,500 to $23,250. This represented a bonus of $5,750 to Willard Goslin, a good return on a week's investment in Stirling up human emotions. In summary, Mr. Goslin left confusion where he had found order, race and class consciousness where he had found oneness, hatred where he had found love, conflict where he had found harmony, and a smear where he had found ti clear slate. It nitty be surprising to many people that a radical educator such as Willard Goslin could gain the organized support of educators throughout the nation. Again, one should examine past writings. Dr. John Dewey said: "What we need is an aggressive alliance of these groups. Divided we may fall. United we shall stand, and in standing shall do our special work." Jjkfoke Willard Goslin left Pasadena, the California Senate Investigating Committee on Education arrived to investigate the reasons behind the conflict that had arisen in the city. The investigation cleared Willard Goslin's opposition of anv subversive suspicion. The report stated that, considering all the factors (subversive films and textbooks, Communist front affiliations of speakers and writers, public demonstrations, Communist techniques, and Communist newspaper support), "one should certainly hope to find, as in the case of Pasadena, a thoroughly aroused public . . . It is apparent that the Communist party had hoped to create a situation in Pasadena which could be used as fuel for attacks on the school system of the State." (Continued on Page 54) Date 195 FACTS FORUM NEWS Dallas I. Texas You may enter niv order for copies of the book, EDUCATION OR INDOCTRINATION, by Mat v I.. Allen, at $4.00 the copy. Ship via: p Book Post Q Express (~J Freight □ Enclosed find $ to cover, fj Send C.O.D. V ■ „ , Street Address_ . City jState Note-FACTS FORUM NEWS pays transportation charges when cash accompanies your order, \ I Page 49
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