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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Monday, Aprff 2T, 7952
Kp 'PEG RARTITNEK lw have todav are ot identical! Adler's philosophy "not valid.'Mare admirable but whose meansl 4,
B PEG BARTUNEK
The case of Moi-timcr Adler
vs. present day teaching methods
was set before a group or uni
versity faculty members in a re
cent survey by The Daily Ne-
The survey was aimed at get
ting the reaction of those effected
by an article in the March 17th is
sue of Time magazine in which
Adler's theory blasting education
methods appeared. The opinions
and comments brought forth
should interest students and fac
Anions those making- state
ments regarding: Adler's phil
osophy was Frank E. Hcnzlik,
dean of Teachers college and
professor of school administra
tion. "In my opinion," Dean Henzlik
said, "Mr. Adler is an extremist
who loves to make sensational
statements. These people rarely,
if ever, propound balanced phil
osophies or pr6grams of educa
tion. I do not think higher edu
cation meets all of the needs of
the young people as well as it
could at the present time."
Supplementing lis last state
ment, Henzlik went on to say that
"we .should have a broad general
education supplemented by tech
nical and specialized courses to
enable one to be effective as a
person, as a worker and citizen in
a free society."
Expressing: much the same
sentiment set forth in Henzlik's
last statement was George Babi
lot, an instructor in economics,
who said that "we can't get
everything- from the Great
Books. We also need the tech
niques of facing and solving
problems of living."
we have today are ot identical
to the ones we had yesterday or
back in the Greek civilization. He
questioned if we could solve the
oroblems of today Dy going DacK
and reviewing contributions made
bv the authors of the Great
Commenting on Adler's person
allv. Babilot cited him as a "non
conformist inconsistent with the
traditional type of learning." He
added that Adler's personality is
hardly a good salesman for his
This trend of liiought was fur
ther established by the comments
of William H. Werkmeister, pro
fessor of philosophy, whose main
criticized of Adler's methods was
that "if we get education which
is so thoroughly centered on the
Great Books, we must wade
through so much material which
is no longer of vital significance
to us today."
On the other hand, Werkmeis
ter defended Adler somewhat
bv savine that he thought "Ad
ler's objection to the principles
or philosophy of education of
Dewey and the Deweyites is, in
all essentials, sound. What is
needed." he said, "is a facing of
the fact that our education is 10
be not simply a preparation for
making a living.
"Education should stress the
fundamentals in subject mat
ter," Werkmeister said, "and
provide a rounded out cultural
education which will bring
the student in contact with the
humanities and arts as well as
From the science department
came the remarks of John F. Dav
idson, assistant professor of
"Things are seldom white or
Babilot said that the problems black," he said, thus stamping
Adler's philosophy "not valid."
He added that he thought the
American t education system can
and will be improved.
In Davidson's opinion, "if an
AB degree is to mean anything
it should not be in the attainment
of everyone." He felt that the
achievements at a college grad
uate level were equal to those of
high school graduates at matricu
lation, and the current AB degree
could be attained from two to
four years earlier.
From the language department
came the comments of Stanley T.
Vandersall, an instructor in the
Vandersall stated that he
thought Adler's ideas were
basically "sound" but that he
did not come to the same con
clusions as Adler. Vandersall
concludes that "given' present
circumstances, this sythesis of
education is a desirable goal but
is too Idealistic for attainment
in the predictable future." J
Vandersall went on to say that
he thinks "specialization will be
with us for a long time because it
is not only essential to our acad
ercic setup as it now stands, but
it is also the basis of research."
He further said that without re
search, broad concepts of educa
tion would become impossible. -
He agreed with others inter
viewed that all Americans or all
students were not capable of at
taining an AB degree due to their
varying abilities and qualifica
Last, but certainly not least, is
the opinion of Nathan B. Blum
berg, associate professor of jour
nalism, who had no trouble what
soever in setting forth his opin
ion of Adler and his theory.
"I think Adler is an intel
lectual McCarthy whose goals
arte admirable but whose means
to the end are hardly worthy of
"His major contribution," Blum-
berg said, "has been to explode
the traditional teacher college
approach to education which has
not worked, is not working and
will never work.
"Education is not a variable
susceptible to the whims of the
moment or even of the cen
tury," Biumberg- continued. "It
is a constant Only through the
liberal arts can a man become
An interesting note, especially
to students, is the reaction of
these six faculty members to Ad
ler's belief that students are to
day being "indoctrinated with the
local prejudices of professors and
Three definite sides were taken
when asked, "Do you believe
students nowadays are thinking
On one side of the fence was
one faculty member who said the
majority of students were de
cidedly not doing their own think
ing and cited papers from his
classes as examples of "illiter
acy" on the part of students.
On the other side was an
other who felt the students were
definitely thinking on their own
and cited the mock primary
election. Engineers Week and
the model UN conference held
an this campus as examples of
And sitting on the fence be
tween these two were the other
four, who declared students were
thinking. They qualified this
statement, however, by saying
that they were not thinking to
the extent to which they were
capable and should be stimulated
to do more thinking for themselves.
Adler Calls US Education System 'Racket'
good life (the aim of all liberal The first U. S. answer, neipea
education), but merely how to along by John Dewey, was free
make a good living. Education colleges and the elective system,
merely for specific jobs, cries Ad- with heavy emphasis on userui
ler, "is the training of slaves." . subjects like science. Most u. i.
(Kdllor'i noti The following If a re
print of portion! nr an article nn Morti
mer Adltr, professor of the philosophy f
law at tht University of Chlcaso, from
Time manarlnt. March IT. Conrtesjr of
TIME, Copyright Tlmt Inc., 1S31.)
uur, is me naming ui oiavco. . ., , th
Two Latin teachers recently, what to do about it? Adler, educators today agree tnat. ina
r,nA v. o nunt nrhioVi tt..u:. 1 - .,a AaAindnA einptivp Rvstpm leads generally to
would give them most pleasure fellow guerillas . . . have answered an aimless nibbling at Knowledge,
and at the same time mienuiy aa- inner and loud: mane u. &. eau-or to excessive dh;-.""'-
vance the cause of true education cation truly liberal. That means,
would be to blow up Teachers according to Adler. that 1) Ameri-
Colleee at Columbia University. Van collcee professors must com-
Mortimer Jerome Adler would mit academic hari-kirl by giving
probably volunteer to light the up their specialized fields; they
He felt that organized IT. S.
education, dominated by the
pragmatists, was "one of the
largest rackets in this country,"
turning out students "chaoti
cally informed and viciously in
doctrinated with the local pre- '
judices of professors and their
Most U. S. college graduates,
says Adler, can neither read, write
should be able to teach anything
in the liberal arts;
2) The scientific method
should stick to science, and
leave to philosophy the job of
and wrong; 3) all Americans
should get the same kind of li
beral education till they take
their A.B. (from two to four
years earlier than at present)
and specialize later.
Whether such a program can be
nor think properly. They are put into practice in 20th century,
not being taught how . to lead a I America is a question. I
Rut there is bitter disagree
ment as to what should be done.
Most Deweyites Insist that 20th
century students must comoine
the liberal arts with "useful"
studies, and that the learning
of the past must by "recon
structed" to fit present needs.
Adler feels that this view has
led to totally inadequate half
measures, I.e., digested "survey"
courses In the humanities. But
there are signs that the great
battle . . . Adler vs. the rest of
U. S. education is slowly be
ginning to turn.
The ground swell Is strong
and deep: Adler, Hutchins and
Co. are only part of it.
Fifteenth Birthday Celebration
To Feature 'Burning Of Bonds'
Fifteen candles will
birthday cake a t the Union's
birthday party, Friday, May 2.
Not only does the celebration
commemorate 15 vears on the
University campus, but also that
light the Union board members at the
time of founding will be honored
guests at the party, according to
Bob Meehan, hospitality com
The informality of Shakespear's
Poem Asks For 'One Little Lull,
Power For Passing Last Exams
Calmly awaitint; a zoology exam I One little lull, Lord, that's my
the other day one of the other plea,
Those who like to talk
about the weather must have
really had a heyday last week,
There were water, wind
, ,J " " ,,;'age will predominate at the Mad-
tne DOnas ana mouStSe uu w,ria, rnnrorr in thA ITninn hnll.
room at 8 p.m. Thursday.
sufferers in the class handed me
this coming poem. Good for now,
good for later, in fact good any
time of year at our dead alma
mater, it goes;
Dear Lord, observe this bended
Then loose the storm again;
Bless all my profs and ask them
earthauakes. If that isn't enough.
"A Gal's Like a Smoke." Leave us tv vt At fnr tho lat-
. : " xix.-v -
Be reasonable. Amen.
Notice From Utah
An April snow is the Dairy
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STlLIKX HV-VA v. v i- .
Voiced in a reverent mumoie.
I ask no miracles or stunts,
No heavenly radiograms:
I only ask for once, just once,
to pass these last exams.
Ladies And Tobacco
Mm-o sae wisdom was gleaned
from the Kansas State Collegian
today. The title of the little bit
NU Flood Workers
Stranded On Barge
By JIM ADAMS
As Told To
Don Hodge, Ted Simmonson,
Ben Zinnecker and I went to Ne
braska City Wednesday afternoon
and were immediately put to work
Thursday morning we began
loading sandbags and lumber into
barges. The barges were being
towed up the river to the weak
ened Plum Creek dikes, and late
in the afternoon we were told to
go along with one of the barees.
When we arrived at Plum
Creek the dikes had broken and
were beyond repair. Our tug left
us tied to a tree in the middle
of the river and we spent the
next three hours waiting for it
to come back.
We were spotted by another tug
after dark and we were finally
towed back to Nebraska City. By
this time it was pitch dark and
the tug had only one small light
to guide it. We ran aground sev
eral times and once we got tangled
in some trees. It was almost mid
night when we got back to Ne
The main threat to Nebraska
City was at the power plant where
water was being held back by
hastily constructed dikes. If the
dikes fail, Nebraska City will be
without water and electricity for
the duration of the flood.
Some ware houses along the
river were flooded but no more
flooding is expected at the
power plant which is lower than
the rest of the city. When the
dikes broke at Plum Creek the
pressure was relieved at Ne
Most of the flood work there
was directed by the army and the
corps of engineers. Volunteer
workers were assigned work areas
by the chamber of commerce.
We had to sleep in hotel lobbies
and our only meals were sand
wiches and coffee fixed by volun
teer women workers. I don't think
I'll ever be able to face another
minced ham sandwich.
There is a'
tobacco. 1 1
women to be
and trim, all
in a row, to
be selected at
li - If
I v! 1
est atomic blasts. I guess enough
already has been said about the
flood. Harry Truman said it was
terrible; and if Truman -tNiks it
was terrible, that's good enough
Right now there's a little hot
water around here over elec
tions, as usual. Everybody
seems to always get 'het up'
over one of the vestiges of high
son a 1 1 y I'm
for the fac
be the last
ever have of
names in the
paper. And if
it makes the
boys happy to
be mentioned Palmer
in the Yearbook before they
fade into obscurity, let them.
The rest of us who want to do
something for the University can
pay our parking fines or walk
on the sidewalks instead of the
Union are paid.
A burning of the bonds cere
mony will take place at the
intermission of a Union street
R. street between 14th and 15th
streets will be cleared off for
dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Square dancing will have pri
ority from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
and ballroom dancing will follow
at 9:45 n.m.. until 11 P.m. Jimmy
and Phillips band will play for the
latter part ol tne .evening.
Outdoor movies will be
shown on the lawn east of the
Union. Refreshments will be
served to the guests.
aflame, and when the flame is
subsided, discarded only to se
A junior wants his woman to be
like a cigar. They're more ex
pensive, make a better appearance
and last longer.
A senior wants his girl to be
like his pipe, something he be
comes attached to, knocks gently,
but lovingly, and takes great care
of at all times.
"A man will give you a
cigarette, offer you a cigar, but
will never share his pipe."
While Nebraska coeds are help
ing human nature these days by
flood-fighting, University of Cali
fornia nnprls arp currently man
ning the switchboards at t h e cent of all right. Now if they'd ' assured The Daily Nebraskan that prove their unions.
strike-bound telephone exchange oniy g;ve away cigarets and meals no University students win be
ME Group Elects
Eight New Pledges
Eight students were selected to
pledgeship of Pi Tau Sigma, na
tional honorary mechanical en
gineering fratrnity, April 8.
Students are Clay Hutchings,
N. J. Sidaris, Jack Keester, Duane
Miller, S. R. Congram, Glenn
Vest, Conrad Stahly, nad Herbert
Initiation will be on April 29.
Flood . . .
Continued From age 1
able to work where men are
Over the weekend, Dr. Thomp
son received a call for 500 men to
go to Peru where the situation
was termed "extremely danger
ous." Most of the real labor has been
taken care of and the big job now
is watching for weak spots. But a
big job remains after the river
returns to us normal neigni. uiuu
Madrigal Singers, formally
attired, will sit around tables
on a platform at the north side
of the ballroom.
David Foltz, 'Madrigal director,
said that he would like the au
dience to imagine they are good
friends listening to good music of
The audience will be informally
seated around the platform, ac
cording to Barbara Reinecke, mu
sic committee chairman.
A coffee hour will be featured
Student tickets for the concert
are free. Tickets may be ob
tained at the main office of th
Samuel Shellabarger's best
seller, "Prince of Foxes," is the
Sunday night movie for this week.
The films are shown at 7:30
p.m. in the Union ballroom.
Tyrone Power, Orson Welles
and Wanda Hendrix star in this
portrayal of Desare Borgia's court
during the Renaissance. Power
plays a young nobleman who
leaves the court to aid the op
Block, Bridle Names
Yeutter Top Member
Clayton Yeutter, Ag college j honors banquet, honoring the
senior, was announced Friday
night as the outstanding Block
and Bridle club member of the
The announcement was made
at the annual Block and Bridle
At Union Meet
Nancy Weir and Bob LaShelle,
student members of the Union
board of directors, leave Monday
for the four-day convention of the;
National Association of Student
Duane Lake, Union director,
Marilyn Moomey, acting Union
activities director, and Dorothy
Speer, assistant food director of
the Union, will also attend the
convention to be held at Okla
homa A&M, Stillwater, Okla.
The 300 student and Union staff
members attending the convention
This free coffee deal the Unhands , oi I loads of dirt and th SSuST
offered last week was a large Per,1" "officials, however, have not what, they are doing, to im-
Mousel brothers, Henry
Robert, of Cambridge.
The Block and Bridle club an
nually honors outstanding con
tributors to the Livestock indus
try. The Mousel brothers were early
pioneers in the breeding of Here
ford cattle. Blood lines from their
early famous sires are found in
the best Herefords today.
Yeuttei is now eligible for na
tional competition on the basis
of his University activities and
Jack Bussell was announced as
champion judge in the senior di
vision contest held recently on Ag
campus. Prof. M. A. Alexander
Student presented Bussell a watch.
Charles Watson was named
top judge in the junior division
John Fox copped second place
and Darren Nelson third in the
senior division. Don Wiggins was
second and Dale Van Vleck, third
in the junior division.
The Block and Bridle ban
quet climaxed Feeders Day ac
tivities. An estimated 4,509
farmers and their wives at
tended the annual event.
Rex Messersmith. Block and
in Berkeley. However, they ad-:wJ couM aU gettle down and live
mit tney re aoing n jtiuiwiuj
the $12 day.
All That Glitters
From the Daily Kansan, Uni
versity of Kansas: "A good way
to restore glitter to your gold
ring or fraternity pin is to rub
the article with onion juice. Let
it dry thoroughly and rub off
with a soft cloth. You will find
that all that is gold will glitter."
A Student Views The News
Mobile Canteen Units Bring
24-Hour Relief To Floocl Workers
needed in this operation.
"They said we'd never stop it, but they don't
know the people in north Ojnaha. We aren't go
ing to let anything break through here."
If that statement made by a pump foreman
could be expanded to cover the entire twin cities
flood area, no better summary of the courage and
tenacity of the people could be found. The story
of the treat flood of 1952 has assumed the propor
tions of an epic struggle. Millions of words will
be written about the flood and the army of citi
zens who fought it, but the immensity of their
task cannot be imagined. It must be seen to be
One of the most impressive spectacles des
cribed by University of Nebraska student vol
unteers who returned from levee-duty was the
frequent arrival on the dikes of Salvation Army
mobile canteens. Together with the American
Red Cross, the Salvation Army dispensed food
all the way up and down both sides of the Mis
" sour! along the fifty-one miles of levees and
Many of these persons were housed at the center
Salvation Army Major E. A. Moyer, in charge
of operations at the center, said, "When a need
arose, a miraculous solution turned up." City
officials suggested after Inspecting the relief
facilities that a medical staff be provided for the
hundreds of persons being housed at the center.
Before the officials had left the building an
appropriate "miracle" turned up in the person of
Mrs. Maxine Negley, a registered nurse, who vol
unteered to set up a clinic. Mrs. Negley and a
former U.S. army nurse, Mrs. Michael Pitzel,' or
ganized clinical facilities with a staff of 12 more
registered nurses from the Nebraska Nurses As
sociation, 50 student nurses from St. Catherine's
and the University of Nebraska medical clinics,
and the intern staff of Bishop Clarkson hospital
The clinic is but one example of the response
obtained from citizens. When the Omaha YMCA
turned over its entire facilities to University of
Nebraska students who worked on the dikes, the
in the manner to which commu- University students, who are
nists sav thev are accustomed. working with an estimated 20 000
msts say tney are accusiomta. volunteer crew, have been
offered food and shelter at the
Despite any expected bliz- Omaha YMCA. Glen Gillaspie, Y
xards, It's nice to see so many residence director, announced that
slims of snring One of the U regularly scheduled activities
signs or spring, one oi tne huMing have been can
most encouraging is the prepa- celled untji the flood emergency
rations for Ivy Day. I've al- had passed.
ready bought a new black suit The main job of the Y now,
for the affair, but there's word Gillaspie said, is to house more
, . t.. . ,, than 200 University students,
going around that I won t even AU facilities ot the building;.
need it. which include the swimming
There's quite a variety of songs pool, gymnasium, television,
on the slate for the great day. I'm card rooms, etc., have been
glad to see none of them are turned over to the students.
singing that snappy tear-jerker, Tne salvation Army has ar
"Good Bye Maria, I'm Off For range(i to provide free meals to
Korea." Evidently they h a v e an y university worker billeted at
great faith in enlistment quotas lhe Y. This food is served in the
or their null with a congressman. I
Another sign of spring was
noticed by Mrs. A. H. Bien, lo
cal sorority house mother and
eminent authority. As she puts
It, It must be spring; the boys
have started keeping me awake
until 3 a.m. again. Ah, the
vocal vitality of youth.
"Girl Crazy," Kosmet Klub's
These arrangements by the Y
and Salvation Army were called
"wonderful" by one student who
had just returned from spending
24 hours on the leyees.
Before these provisions were
made, many students spent any
time for sleep they might have on
a floor anywhere. Civil Defense
authorities reported tnat many
frlT0 15 A University students spent Thurs.
liw a-u JU1 llij TTVt-a-
day night on the City hall floor.
thp mpmhprc nf tia ract nrp Rnrvrt.
ing bags under the eyes in the best) Authorities also reported that
tradition of the theater. And if the American Legion club was
you don't have a ticket, don't let used to house the overflow from
George Wilcox know. He's been th YMCA
known to corner customers in the; .
Union until they agree to buy. Several University women of
And of course everybody agrees fered their services as baby sitters
with George. land canteen hostesses.
Student discussion groups will'X Zlt-A t ' a
ntw mi fiv tnnW i Bridle president, presented
center on five topics:
1. How to get more partici
pation in union activities.
2. Coordination of union ac
tivities with other campus ac
tivities. 3. Determining student needs
for improved programs.
4. Publicizing union events.
5. Responsibility of union to
Miss Weir and LaShelle are tak
ing a complete summary of Union
activities in Nebraska to aid them
in discussion groups.
The program also includes dis
cussions for directors, assistant
directors, college officers, social
directors and food operators.
traits of the Mousel brothers.
which will be hung in the Animal
Speaking in tribute to the
Mousel brothers at the banquet
were Sen. Hugh Butler, Gov. Dan
Thornton of Colorado. HavP
Walker of Kansas Citv and
Charles Corkle of Lincoln.
12th & Q Sts.
As with the diking project itself, the gigantic Salvation Army staff helped serve meals to the
relief mission undertaken by the Salvation Army students.
people seems incredible unless viewed against the
overall relief picture. Up to 1000 volunteers and
70 of the organization's officers worked in shifts to
keep 60,000 sandwiches a day and 4,444 cups of
coffee per hour moving out tp the flood opera
tions. The large rehabilitation center in downtown
Omaha was turned into an operation headquarters
and relief center which processed more than 500
displaced families in the first day of operation.
By f. r the most spectacular of Salvation
Army activities was the "servicing" of workers
on thl levees. Forty vehicles operated on a 24
hour basis transporting the food to the dikes.
This writer was privileged to ride with these
Salvation Army personnel on one of their tours
of the flood area. The courtesy with which the
vehicle was treated by everyone In the vicinity
paid Indirect but moving tribute to the work
done by this organization.
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