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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955 - File 057. 1955-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/629/show/616.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 057
Transcript MORTIMER SMITH, a well-known authority on education, and author of The Diminished Mind, is the guest on this Facts Forum program. In addition to debating the questions outlined below on the effectiveness of the methods of American education, he states that to attempt to adjust young people to their environment is a healthy thing, and that it is a [unction of education. The regular panelists, George Hamilton Combs, network news commentator and former Democratic congressman; Professor Hodges of New York University ;William Buckley, Jr., famed writer ami lecturer; and Hardy Hurt, moderator, engage in a brisk discussion on this topic. Does the Big White Schoolhouse Educate or Degenerate? How Effective are American Methods of Education? Should There he More Discipline in the American Classroom? Are Modern Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing More Effective Than Those Used in the Little Red Schoolhouse? BURT: What do you think? Should there be more discipline in the American classroom? Smith: Before I answer thai, and al the risk of being perhaps a little pedantic, I would like to give a short lecture on what discipline is. Il seems to me that in education, discipline has two meanings. It means control of conducl. and il means the process of directed learning. That is, the teacher, it would seem to me, has two functions. She heis the function of controlling the classroom from the point of view of order and decorum, and she has the function of having ei program which goes toward directed goals. Now il seems Iii me you can'l have education really withoul discipline in these two sense-. BURT: Is there enough discipline in the classroom today, then, in those two senses? Smith: No, I would seiv thai in thai sense there isn't enough discipline because we have been through a long period in educational theory, il seem- to me. where wc bene been told thai il the hen her attempts to have too much decorum and quiet atmosphere in the classroom, she somehow or other dam- ages the developing personalities of the young people under her charge. We've also been told lhal il is not the subjeel matter that determines the nature of educational program, but the child himself. Wc do need more discipline in the classroom in those two senses, I think we need an enlightened discipline, not just discipline that says that—well, whacking somebody over the knuckles with a ruler is a good way of imparling knowledge. I think discipline really is not conspiracy against children. I think il is actually the duty of adults lo children. BURT: Mr. Smith, to what extent (and then I'm going to ask Professor Hodges to get in this little actl—to what extent, according to your beliefs, are the American classrooms undisciplined? Smith: To a very huge extenl they're undisciplined in the two senses which I mentioned at the opening of the pro- gietm. BURT: But to what degree? Is there vast undiscipline? Is it a spotty undiscipline? Smith: I would say that it was spotty. I have not too long ago taken a trip across the country. 1 think lhat in my estimation lhe amount of discipline across the country is dependent on bow orthodox the teacher is in following the so-called modern poinl nf view in education. BURT: All right. Professor Hodges, what is your opinion? Hodges: I'm jusl an amateur, too, when ii comes to elementary education. I don't want the professorial taint. I'd like to be able to travel under mv own steam on this particular discussion. Regarding physical discipline, it's eil- ways been a problem how to deal with the restive young, at least, I would assume that, since Socrates, in 400 B.C. wrote or was credited with making a very bitter statement about the young Athenian youth, the way in which they crossed their legs, how restless they were, hnw they were heedless of authority anel discipline. We mighl sav ibis i> ei continuous problem. 1 don'l think lhat you eem tie it into anv particular system. I think we've got tbe problem of t\( rs FORI M NEWS, November, 1955
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