California Dec/ares Independence
Main letters have been received regarding
recent Facts Forum News articles relating to
our educational s> stem.
From the Manchester (N. II.) Union
Leader, comes an editorial which tells us
that the California Congress of Parents and
Teachers have Issued the following official
After .in intensive study 'il federal aid to education and .1 rt". tew nl the summaries ol Local
governors and White House Conferences on Education, we believe the National Congress (of
Parents-Teachers) do longer reflects the thinking
<>t this body-
Therefore, we rescind our previous action in
approving the National Congress' legislative
Mrs. Hollin Brown of California, President
nl the National Congress of Parents and
Teachers, and a member of the White 1 louse
Committee on Education, has replied that
the California action will not affect national
PTA policy unless at least 30 of the state
PTA congresses act Likewise.
The Union Leader coi rots editorially:
The obligation of ridding education of its present dangerous domination is directly related in
the presen .tii t Vmerican freedom. Vigorous
action in the states can undo the present throttle
hold. Let's get to it.
Amendment to Limit Income Taxes
Only one more state need now approve
the resolution proposing an amendment to
the Constitution limiting federal taxes on income, estates and gifts to 25 per cent except
in ease oi war. since South Carolina recently
became the thirty-first state to approve this
As mentioned on tins page in March, approval by the legislatures of 32 states is
required to allow the consideration of an
amendment by Congress, following which
ratification by 36 states makes it a part of
To keep the record straight, the following
states have not yet passed this resolution:
Arizona. California. Colorado, Connecticut,
Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota. Missouri, New
York. North Carolina, North Dakota. Ohio,
Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington,
,im\ West Virginia.
New Study Program Launched
Vmerican citizens across the nation are
being offered a service to aid them in forming local discussion groups to study the basic
principles oi constitutional government.
The Foundation for Economic Education,
Ir\ ington-on-Hudson, New York, publisher
of The Freeman, is making available free
counsel, and free articles and pamphlets
about our national charter and how to organize Constitution Study Croups. Also available
is a new book on the Constitution in a low-
cost paper-bound edition expressly designed
tor discussion gTOUp use. These items can he
obtained simply by writing die foundation.
Offered without charge are two articles.
"How to Start and Conduct Constitution
Study Croups," and "Town Meetings L956
Style," a wide varietj ot pamphlets and reprints concerning the Constitution and related subjects, and a free list of recommended
hooks on the Constitution.
Also available is tlie newly-published volume, "The Constitution of tin- United States."
by James Mussatti, a 176-page hook which
study groups have found ideally suited to
their needs. The volume includes a new
Study Guide hy Thomas J. Shelly which
makes it especially valuable for discussion
Reprints of the Constitution itself are
available as carried in the January issue of
Facts Forum News. Please see reprint notice
on page 1 of this issue.
Towards World Understanding
A person-to-person type of world understanding is being fostered by World Tape
Pals, now in its fourth year. Harry Matthews,
L446 Conner Drive, Dallas, Texas, a typesetting company employee, has spent about
$2,000 in the last lew > ears trying to bring
about international friendship through tape-
recorded messages between individuals here
There are about 2,000 World Tape Pals in
ol countries and their possessions. Once introduced, members mail their tape messages
hack and forth between countries, adding to
international communication and, they feel
sure, to world understanding.
Mr. Matthews publishes a paper. Tape
Topics, which is free to members and prospects. Since one mailing may reach 5,000
people, there is a $3 annual membership lee
for United St.ites and Canadian tape pals.
Citizens of other countries are not required
to pay dues, hut are encouraged to contribute. No charge is made to handicapped
persons or shut-ins anywhere.
New York Parents Organize
For Better Education
Mrs. Walter Francisco, ')22 Arbor Drive,
Endicott, New York, has sent us material
concerning the organization of die New York
State Association for Better Education, including the program tor their \pril organizational meeting. It was planned to set up a
constitution and by-laWS, discuss the sel!in<_i
up ol regional districts, and prepare a slate
of proposed permanent officers at this meeting.
Mis, Francisco writes, "These are tenta-
tive plana lor a state organization to represent parents in raising the standards in OUT
Schools and teachers' colleges."
Each co unity was assigned a topic for
discussion, among which were: Education
Yesteiila> and Today, Discipline in the
Schools i too little, or the wrong approach?)!
Centralization (handicap or help?), Hoi
Can the Present Decline ol Education Standards Be Controlled?, and Tomorrow's l'.d»"
Headquarters of this new organization ;'re
at I I Hi flora St., Endicott, New York.
To Arm Our Youth
The Council of Public Affairs Newsletter, 'He Cask Foi
V. O. Box 050, Irving, Texas, has published
an editorial which points up once again t'11
value of the study of American history' 1"
According to Herbert Philbrick (FBI counWW
s[iv i. America's Communists' work among •'"'
college students lias no! been .is effective us th**>
had hoped, since the> Found the college studew^
. . . do! too receptive to their ideologies.
Instead ut retreating, they have sel up renew
Campaigns aimed al high School Students. I Ins 1S
accomplished through supposed!) independ**
youth organizations, pretending tn !»■ recreftUO*"
ami welfare organizations. \K" there an- inilivW*
n.iK who open their homes in young peopl* '"
the uuisr <il entertaining them - many social ch>''
are formed in and bj these groups thai gatbai !11
homes. In this way adults in charge ol such I'r"'
grains become the confidants oi youths.
There are mans vers Fine youth organization
wholesome and good, and as certainly above "
proach are many Individuals who enjoy the l'""
panionshlp ol young people. The simplest solut*™
in determining the purpose ol any youth n1"*'
menta would !>.■ for ihe parents to inform ^''' 'I
youngsters ol this new str.it. u> aimed at thi-n'-^
alert them so they maj recognize anj subvert1 '
theories. \n\ viiinmslo, inspired with tine A"" \
can Ideals will not fall prey to "their" teaching \}
I his has b< en borne out too
Mr. Philbrick says it isn't necessary to use ''^ qjt-l, Rj sl ,
as a leverage In informing our youim people. ' t
a more effective means is in arming them *
positive American concepts. These can be '<"' ,
m the histoiA oi the United States, one of , j
greatest stories ever written — the exposition "
In the Interest of Sound Governrne*
The American Guard of Anderson. " J
ana, a bipartisan educational ^roup-' .
planning to issue their tenth annual »'
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American legion "Action
The Un-American Activities Comrni'
the Westchester County, New York, ""jM m
ran Legion lias prepared a handbook *^ j^ISORY
ran Leg has prepared a li.in<ll«"'s J* ,. |> ""' IH).->
deals with Ihe I lamenlals ol 1^
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Communism, lids digest-size booklet ^ r^<Mk JY',1]
compilation ol five articles written I" \ 1 "\ "obort k.
gar Hoover, J. H. Matthews, and }°]'°#t ^
Flynn which have been reprinted I""1
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