The Texas Standard, Volume , Number , March-April 1965 Page: Front Cover
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Official Publication of the Teachers State Association of Texas
VOL. 38 ,
NEA Initiates Two-Pronged Civil Rights School Project
At the last National Education con-
vention in Seattle, delegates framed
resolutions which clearly strengthened
the Association's commitment to the
civil rights movement as it relates to
"The Association recognizes that the
civil rights movement has direct im-
plications for public elementary and
secondary education and for the teach-
ing profession," the delegates asserted.
And furthermore the Association
should inolve itself directly with the
effort to effect a smooth transition
from the old order to the new. "Every
effort should be made ... to plan and
implement a program designed to (1)
identify specific educational problems
related to the movement, (2) develop
an understanding of the implication
for education and educators, (3 ex-
plore areas of professional responsib-
ility, and (4) based on the findings,
make recommendations which will as-
sure equal opportunities and common
experiences for all children."
A program has been developed un-
der this mandate. The new NEA Proj-
ect on Civil Rights and Continuing
Education will focus on two targets:
suburban school ssystems of the New
York metropolitan area which are
either all-white or suffer from de-facto
segregation; and Southern teachers
faced with the implications of desegre-
gation and the new civil rights laws.
The suburban project, a two-month
workshop to explore way of creating
a more democratic atmosphere in and
of heading off explosive racial crisis,
will be held at a Long Island campus
this summer. Workshop participants
will be teams of teachers and adminis-
trators drawn from about thirty school
districts in the metropolitan area.
"We are beginning to realize that
school integration is not simply the
physical movement of children, but
demands an integrated school exper-
ience as well," W. Burghardt Turner,
recently-appointed director of the NEA
project, declared. "This involves the
problem of creating within all-white
an atmosphere conducive to the ac-
ceptance of differences, to democratic
ideals. And this must often be done
among students who generally have
no contact at all with Negroes."
In addition to creating an "integrat-
ed school experience" the summer
workshop will attempt to outline
methods of preparing a community
for a possible racial tension or crisis
and for eventual integration. Within
the schools these methods might in-
clude revision of course content and
textbooks, exposure to the achieve-
ments of minority groups, and contact
with students of other ethnic and eco-
The problems faced by Southern
educators are more basic: the effects
of initial integration of student bodies
and faculties; the disparity between the
educational standards of Negro and
white teachers colleges; and the still-
segregated professional teachers organ-
izations in 11 states of the South.
The Southern part of the civil rights
project will be directed mainly toward
Negro teachers: counseling centers at
Negro colleges; workshops similar to
to the one planned for New York in
areas where there are concentrations of
Negro and white colleges; integrated
workshops on human relations, con-
sidering the cause and effects of dis-
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NEA Film, "Children
Without," Win Academy
"Children Without," a film depicting
the school system's struggle to meet
the needs of slum children, has won
an Academy Award nomination.
Produced by the National Education
Association and its affiliated State Edu-
cation Associations, the film is com-
peting with four other short docu-
mentaries for the coveted award of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. Three of the five are Amer-
ican production; one is Canadian; the
fifth is a New Zealand production.
The Academy defines documentary
films as those dealing with cultural,
artistic, historical, social, scientific, eco-
nomic or other significant subjects,
either photographed in actual occur-
rence or re-enacted, and where the
emphasis is more on factual content
than on entertainment.
"Children Without" was filmed by
Guggenheim Productions at the Frank-
lin Elementary School in Detroit, a
school serving the "inner city" of the
poor and dispossessed. The film docu-
ments the attempt of the school to
make itself relevant to the experiences
of its pupils, rather than imposing a
preconceived set of values and expecta-
tions on the children.
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