The Listening Post

Hass, C. Glen; Giddings, Ernest
April 1952
Educational Leadership;Apr1952, Vol. 9 Issue 7, p455
The article focuses on the prospects for federal aid to education measure in this session of the U.S. Congress. At present, too many of our people are unable to make full use of their capabilities, whether in civilian employment or military service, because their opportunities for education and training have been limited. Schools are overcrowded, substandard instruction is common, and teachers' salaries continue low in many areas. So noted President Harry S. Truman in his 1952 Budget Message requesting urgent consideration by the 2nd session of the 82nd Congress of a $300 million general federal aid to education measure. It is opined that a discussion of the "prospects" for federal aid to education legislation must necessarily be preceded by a review of why federal aid is needed, and why it is needed now. The most effective way in which more people can be attracted to and be retained in teaching is through higher salaries. Until steps are taken by local and state educational authorities with federal financial help to bring instructional earnings more nearly in line with those of employment in general, a continuing movement away from teaching is inevitable.


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