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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1956 - File 057. 1956-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1119/show/1106.

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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 5 1 7 T 3 2 5 ,, 1,0 l '1 1 7 5 9 1 I 7 5 A 1) 3 9 1 r> l 4 1 2,1 9, The Whys and Wherefores of The White House Conference on Education ^hy Was It Necessary? Jll'i roll, »uin(r ar,- excerpts from an n,l- , 0ss> delivered a short lime in advance of ("' conference, by Neil II. McElroy of l^'innaii, Ohio, Chairman of tin- While j, Mls'' Conference on Education, and r,*i,lent of The Procter & Gamble Com- Par,,. tV"7"K APE currently spending \y about $6.5 billion a year to L educate our youngsters be- I t'l'n the ages of five and seventeen; j,- '*>() we must spend an additional J; billion to -S6 billion a year on oper- ."]" expenses. In addition, an esti- ';'.,('d SI 1 billion outlav will be rc- ^Ulrt'd over the next five years to lr°vide needed facilities. . Be, *le '■cause of the unavoidable and siz- - implications of "* President of these statistics •"jiiiriii asked for a national p ll> ol our educational problems, s "owing the President's appeal Con- »J Ss authorized the conference pro- pr'('"': '"id appropriated $700,(10(1 to ^ v'de for the holding ol conlcr- s(. ts on education in the individual j^s and in the five territories. We Of ,(' had a KM) per cent response; tens n,. '"nsands of citizens and educators )„ Participating. President Eisen- tli(. ' ' Uas correct when lie described P'Ogiam as one "unparalleled in 1st ?ry. ,.,, 'nv will the White Hoi th,,1' be conducted? We hi ouse Confer- % "'iici.il problem into six study Jj*ts, each being handled by a sub- Ic,,. "."'ttee. Each of these subcommit- ijjj, ''as competent full-time staff as- Jre e Plus outside consultants who Ij^Perts in the field and can bring ''tin '"''"'"'it'"" as well as stimu- '<■])'" tmr|king to the committee. The bjji "f these subcommittees will be Co't material for the White House V^ence. L'' expect about 2.000 to attend. ^t(.'' 1.400 will be selected bv the lajj s- Others will be selected bv variational organizations. The bal- Forum News, April, 1956 HELD IN WASHINGTON, D. C, November 28 - December 1, 1955 ance of the 2,(KK) will be members ol Congress, foreign observers, and a lew selected by the Conference Committee. At the conference these 2,000 participants will be divided into groups of approximately ten individuals. We adopted this procedure to allow all who take part in the conference a chance for full discussion. When our program is completed we may find that the most important result will be an increased awareness on the part of businessmen, other public leaders, and citizens in general. What Was Accomplished? A Keporl from ihe While House Confer, 'lice on K,location is hereby reprinted, with permission, from The Texas Outlook on Education. I. "What should our schools accomplish?" It was generally recommended that schools should teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and should teach them better. Schools should teach the mathematical skills with emphasis upon problem-solving. Schools must stress appreciation for our democratic heritage and must leach the responsibilities of citizenship and the need for a thorough know ledge of an understanding of American institutions. Schools must teach respect for the beliefs of others and appreciation of human values. Schools must help pupils develop ability to think and evaluate constructively and creatively. Effec- tive work-habits and self-discipline must be developed among pupils. Other approved goals which the conference listed included esthetic appreciation and self-expression in the arts, a sound physical and mental health program, wise use of time, particularly with emphasis on constructive use of leisure time. These broad, general goals did not exclude or supersede the need for each local community to plan its own educational program. A balanced program is essential, but it should be a prom-am fitted to the children of each individual community. Emphasis was placed upon the need for additional training for handicapped children and the providing of a more adequate program for the gifted child. II. "How can we organize our school system more efficiently and economically?" It was generally agreed that local. state, and federal government must join hands in providing facilities for education, but the most important factor in improving the public school sv stem depends upon citizens' advisory groups and citizens' support of their own local schools. Specific recommendations included: 1. Need for unifying the public school system and placing all divisions under the jurisdiction of a single administrative unit. 2. A school district should include well-defined communities or groups of communities and should have the necessary resources and sufficient population to guarantee the operation of an efficient elementary and secondary school. 3. School districts may become too large, for thev should not lose the advantages of local control, community- contact, and responsiveness to public will. 4. The county or intermediate unit can provide services essential to the furnishing of equal educational opportunities to all children. In smaller districts, cooperative agreement between those districts will contribute toward providing special services which one district alone cannot finance or provide. Citizens' advisor] committees can be most helpful in studying specific questions and can be valuable allies in achieving desirable goals. The school plant should V / Page 55
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