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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.
Place
  • 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 be the community center and its facilities should be utilized to the fullest extent to provide full community use and secure corresponding increased citizen interest and financial support. Finally, the schedule of the schools should be so arranged that the teacher is given full opportunity to devote most of her time to her most essential responsibility — instruction of students. Class size is a factor that demands careful study. Each teacher should be utilized to the fullest advantage but the overloading of a teacher with too many pupils will result in corresponding loss of efficiency. III. "What are our school building needs?" The conference completely rejected the idea of poverty in school buildings. Crowded conditions should not be accepted as permanent standards and double shifts are highly undesirable and should be tolerated only in emergency situations. Despite the variety of opinions concerning the minimum physical facilities needed for an adequate school plan, general agreement was secured on the basis of the following: Elementary school: adequate site, classrooms, kindergarten, office facilities, space for assembling and cafeteria activities or multi-purpose room, physical education playground facilities, an equipped health unit, teachers' rooms, service and sanitation facilities, toilet rooms, custodial and storage rooms. In addition, special service rooms, library and visual aid facilities are most desirable. The basic facilities for secondary- schools included: adequate site, general classrooms, special classrooms for science, art, homemaking, music, industrial arts, vocational education, physical education facilities for both boys and girls, offices, library, cafeteria, health unit, teachers' lounges, locker facilities. Other recommended facilities included swimming pool and visual aid facilities. There should be a survey made as to the use of school buildings and, if more effective use may be made for school and community purposes, action should be taken to provide such increased use. In planning for school facilities, all media of communication should be used in presenting to the community the building needs. There is need for equalized tax evaluation on a statewide basis. Long-range plans for building needs are essential. In planning a new- school building, the aid of all concerned should be secured. This should include lay and professional groups and individuals, teachers, pupils, administrators, citizens, community planners, etc. School Page 56 buildings and other facilities should be made available for adult evening classes and other general community purposes, but school activities must always have high priority. Finally, consideration should be given to the use of school facilities on a 12-months' basis for civic, recreational, and educational purposes. IV. "How can we get enough good teachers and keep them?" These basic factors emerged: The prestige and status of teaching must be improved to the point that teaching is comparable to other professions within the community; salaries paid must be sufficiently high to compete effectively with other fields now bidding for our more capable youth; the teacher's job must be one that challenges and attracts the interest of talented persons. Stress must be placed upon instruction and less demand made in the area of routine duties. Ten questions involving teacher recruitment were raised; each community should answer the questions in the light of its own particular situation. These questions were: 1. Why should a teacher wish to come to our community? 2. Where will he live? 3. What kind of place is our school? 4. What teaching materials and equipment do we supply? 5. What is the pupil-teacher ratio? 6. Do we recognize that teachers, too, are human beings with feelings, tastes, and opinions? 7. Do we accept teachers as interesting and important members of our community, or do we set them apart where we may scrutinize and criticize them at will? 8. If we hear about a teacher's methods which are unlike those we once knew, do we reject without investigation any deviations from the procedures of our own little red schoolhouse, or do we take the trouble to find out why changes have seemed appropriate? 9. What kind of salary schedule have we; is it an inducement for qualified personnel to remain with us? 10. When new teachers come to us. do we take the trouble to sec that they become acquainted? Particularly, are we interested when they are young and in their first teaching job? In order to recruit desirable young people into the profession of teaching and retain in service experienced teachers, the following suggestions were submitted: 1. Supply present teachers with an adequate amount of good equipment and teaching materials and provide for use of the students, under direction of the teacher, adequate librarv materials. Among the equipment should be physical aids, films and, wherever possible, television. 2. Examine the benefit plans developed by industry as models for improving the teacher retirement Irene- fits as provided by the school district or state. 3. Emphasis should be placed ni Future Teacher Clubs, Career Days, and other guidance activities \vhoSe major purpose is to recruit young pc°" pie into teaching. Use scholarships f°r deserving young people, recognrZe that high school students in your ov>* system are the most important source of future teachers, and use all coflr munity agencies to help in recrui high school teacher candidates. , 4. Attempt to recruit from qualinj'1 teachers living in the community wn have left the profession, lmprovcme" of working conditions and increasfflj salaries will aid in this recruitine" effort. 5. Examine the personnel servi^l provided by your school system '° teachers. Are salaries comparable ' an adequate retirement program aV'1' able? Are sick leaves and release t'"1 provided? Are service awards for on standing teaching made available- ] 6. Teachers should be kept abre**j of policies, rules and regulations •"} board actions so that they may , I aware of plans under way for ''. provement of local educational SV terns and may participate with a 1';lC,g ground of knowledge that will <'ii;1 them to contribute to the imp1(,V ment of the operation of the sell'"1., Give teachers as much time as I'1 sible for teaching by supplying t'U|t, with supervisory service and conS"J ant help. The teacher aid idea i"'1■ much more exploration and e!tPj mentation before it should be ad<>Pi ed or recommended as a means meeting the teacher shortage. V. "How can we finance our schools, build and opera'8 them?" The conference unanimous!} 3 ommended that the people of ArnePJ need to re-examine the allocation.{ tax funds at all levels of governfl\^ The continuation of our dem'"'1'()1,r way of life and the education ot Jj children to face the complex s°c^ in which they live require thai '' ,|i of the national wealth be sp1'" t|ii education. By a 2-to-I majority, f conference approved the federal » . ernment's increasing its financial > J port to public education. '1 h's ^d] proval was given to the prop p pending legislation providing f"1^!' sistance in construction of sen house facilities. , $ Approximately 50 per cent °> ^ participants also favored federal ' f?r local c'earlv, th Pi aid si fcal and ln, am we Puch hav '"n of th is gene h the , |tools an fndard < p agree 7 machi TSectives. , The mi Peed th; ►ased to fng prov h- Thev fonal a i fading ;, E1 and » Red to t! ,(1" an a, V T|1(, ► the lo< * «* weal FUsly rec V'- "M„ now 'ng ini ,'"'" to ,1c Merest, 3 ;t;"" « >i; ," '"'I'1 Sulc.tv , ,'v medi, |>2ed Inmost land |„ Mi. school i^-qual Facts Forum News, April- L rs ,'0m S T fi" E effecti Ik- ■ V J^alce v 'Kl Press iratize tl Eat t'' la> (N by t yl('»is an . S p>rove %' 'lave c 'O'larfv- W'"""ni, Vb°ard m Sl',1cn"n %t "" tear Vtfi,"-r ii
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