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Tuesday, January 4, 1955
High School 1955
The weakness of American pre-college edu
cational institutions have been the subject of
ever-increasing criticism by University faculty
members and administrative officers. Nebras
kan readers may recall articles entitled "What's
Wrong With Our Freshmen' carrying state
ments by several instructors of this Univer
sity to the effect that our incoming freshmen
have not been prepared for work they are
expected to do here.
This same criticism has not been isolated to
the upper reaches of our educational system.
Some high school and grade school instruc
tors have been equally quick in showing their
dissatifaction with the system in which they
find themselves. One teacher, in a letter-to-the-editor
of a Lincoln newspaper said Nebraska
State Education Association members should
wake up to the fact that our system of qualify
ing instructors as teachers and some Associ-
atioo methods were bunk!n
However load these complaints may be or
how valid they may seem, the facts simply
don't back up the contention that our schools
rent what they used to be. Even complaints
that our schools aren't whet they should be
lose some of their effectiveness when our
modern-day primary and secondary schools
point out their steady improvement over past
A report, recently issued by the National
Congress of Parents and Teachers, and dis
cussed in The New York Times, contains 96
pages of information pointing out just what im
provements, changes and plans have been
made over the years. The survey, edited by
Dr. John W. Stadebaker, former United States
Commissioner of Education, is entitled "'101
Questions About Public Education."
The report cites two major points. The first
effers proof that our educational system has
increased both, in .scope and quality of in
struction. The second point shows the pur
pose of American education has definitely
To back up the first contention the report
cites several examples. Children's essays writ
ten in IMS were dictated to modern-day stu
dents. The children 110 years ago made four
times the number of mistakes in spelling,
even though many of the words were in much
mare common usage at that time. Another
example was the report of an 1845 committee
which gave examinations to 530 pupils who
were '"the flower of Boston's schools." These
students made 2.801 errors in grammar and
3,753 errors in spelling.
The report goes on to say that four tiroes as
many classroom hours are spent in teaching
the three R's today as 100 years ago, even
though more subjects are being taught now
than ever before.
As for changing purpose, the report points
out that educational program are aimed at a
far larger group now than 50 or 100 years
ago. Now that laws have been passed (and ac
tively enforced) to insure that young persons
attend some educational institution, educational
program and methods cannot be aimed only
at the brilliant quick-witted children. Even
students that would have been classed as "un
educatable" must be coisidered when teach
ing goes on. Also, the every day world has
grown steadily more complex, even for the
"average man." Mathematics, particularly on
the lower levels, must be associated with life
and living. Skill in reading must go far be
yond the ability to call words on the printed
page. Skill in spelling must go beyond the
ebility to spell lists of words out of context.
In general, high schools have accepted five
points for major emphasis: de-emphasis of
formal examination, teaching students to think,
not merely quote words, improving the teach
ing of citizenship through active participation,
improving the guidance and counseling pro
gram stressing moral and spiritual values.
The study also outlined the four-year nigh
school of the future as an organization which
will require all students to take three or four
years of English, four years of social studies,
four years of health and physical education,
one semester of intensive safety instruction,
and one semester of business practice.
Though this high school of the future may
be a long time in coming, ground-work for it
has been laid. Our primary and secondary
schools have shown considerable improvement
over their predecessors; if the National Con
gress of Parents and Teachers is any prophet,
even more is to come. At any rate, the ""good
old days" of education have been shown as
tarnished wishful thinking.
Certainly, some of the complaints that stu
dents are not receiving top-notch preparation
for college-level work are based, sadly enough,
on solid fact. Complaints that things are not
as they should be is as old as mankind itself
and reaHy accomplish little unless the com
plain ers are willing to help bring about the
desired changes rather than only pointing out
faults. T. W.
To 7ie Dor Md Buck
It may have been raining in P a on
New Year's Day :' the sun was -.;g in
Miami and temperatures were between 76 and
SO degrees. And the Cornhuskers were there.
The Orange Bowl came off as scheduled
tut the final score didnt turn out as expected
at least by loyal Nebraska fans. But the
Husk ers were there and they played the game
they set out to play against the Duke Blue
Devils with all the spirit and ability which
they posessed. Coach Glassford called Biff
by sports writers and newscasters) was there,
end University cheerleaders and ROTC band
were there phis a delegation of Nebraska fans
who traveled to Miami especially for the Bowl
game. They didnt go to see the Huskers win
or lose. They went to see the team play in
the Orange Bowl.
The route to the Orange Bowl this year was
considered unfair by some iair by others. The
runner-up in the Big Seven Conference was
to be the Bowl delegate due to a new ruling
by the NCAA which prohibited a team from
participating in a Bowl game two years in
succession. This eliminated Oklahoma, which
bad played in the Orange Bowl last New Year's
Day. When the end of the football season came,
the Cornhuskers were second in the conference
"Who's he? Why should be be up for Out
standing Nebraskan? I never heard of him."
Is this you? Could be. In fact too many stu
dents dont know there are Outstanding Ne
braskans each semester.
The Nebraskan tradition for presenting one
student and one faculty member as Outstand
ing Nebraskans each semester of publication
is once again to be carried out. But before
The Nebraskan can present these honors there
must first be nominations. These may be
made by students, readers or non-reader? of
The Nebraskan, and must be accompanied by
letter qualifying the nominee for the award.
The Nebraskan has this tradition, not be
cause it wrnts to stand in judgment, or be
cause Outstanding Nebraskan winners furnish
copy to fm an otherwise empty column on the
front page. The Nebraskan has maintained the
Outstanding Nebraskan award in the interest of
University students and the staff feels that
students should be willing even eager to
nominate those persons among the student body
and faculty who are most deserving of the
honor. The Outstanding Nebraskans each semes
ter are actually the choice cf the students at
large end for the students as a whole. It is
student opinion which decides who the Out
standing Nebraskans are to be and success
cf The Nebraskan goal to stimulate student
pinion to the point of participation can be
reached on one score by students willingness
to nominate an Outstanding Nebraskan. J. H.
thus the official Bowl delegates from the
Big Seven, The Huskers had earned their Bowl
bid as the season record of wins and losses
showed. But from over the country came dis
approval by sports writers and fans, calling
the Nebraska team a second rate team and
not a true representative of football excellence
a qualification for any Bowl team. The fact
that Duke was the Atlantic Coast Conference
champion and Nebraska only the runner-up
in the Big Seven Conference drew scoffs and
protests from the dopesters. Not much was
expected from the Nebraska team in the Orange
Bowl and Duke was the majority favorite.
Being beaten by another team more superior
does not necessarily mean the losing team is
second rate it means that in one particular
game in one particular year one team is bet
ter than the other. This year Duke had a better
team than Nebraska. What constituted the
"better" or "worse" of a football team depends
on many things coaching, material, attitude of
team members or just an off season or an
off game. A lot of times it depends on "the
Nebraskans need rot be ashamed of the
Orange Bowl game store. That is a minor part
of the Orange Bowl game. They can be proud
of their team which fought hard all football
season to earn a Bowl position and which
fought hard in the Bowl gair against heavier
odds than locally encountered.
So, welcome home team, band, cheerleaders
and fans. It was good to see Nebraska in the
Orange Bowl and far greater to have lost
than never to have gone at all. J. H.
Biff Or Bill?
Many Nebraskans were slightly confused when
their football coach suddenly changed his name
on them during the recent Orange Bowl game
publicity. It was startling to pick up a news
paper or listen to the sports casters on radio
and TV who referred to Coach Bill Glassford
as Biff Glassford. One late night TVer remarked
absently over the half-raised newspaper, "What
team is he coaching?"
Starting Off Wrong
Who said journalists don't work? The latest
sad story from the annals of campus journal
ism came from a Cornhusker staff member
who was relating her tale of New Years Day
woes. It seems that the photographers dumped
about 80 Cornhusker prints in the office during
the first week of vacation and because of a
late deadline for the cuts the Cornhusker
staff members at hand spent New Years Day
cropping the cuts so they could be sent to the
engraver. Oh, what a job for someone with a
hangover from the night before.
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News In Review
1954 Yesr Of Crises
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Jan. 5 UN insists Korea POWs
be freed by Jan. 24.
Jaa. 20 Senate approves St.
Jaa. 21 Indian guards at Pan
munjon release Korean war pris
oners on both sides refusing re
patriation. Jan. 23 Molotov insists Big Four
talks include Red China.
Jan. 25 Big Four conference
starts in Berlin.
Jaa. 29 West offers plan to re
unite Germany by free election.
Jaa. 3 Cominfonn bids Yugo
slavia revive old Soviet ties.
Feb. 4 Mario Scelba named to
bead coalition government in Italy.
Feb. 1ft Eisenhower limits CS.
participation in Indc-China war.
Feb. 16 D. offers to train
troops fighting in Indo-China.
Feb. 18 Big Four Foreign Min
isters deadlock on Europe, call
conference with Communist China
on Far East.
Feb. 24 Naguib quits as Egyp
tian leader, Nasser takes over.
Feb. 26 B r i c k e r amendment
curbing President's foreign policy
wer beaten in Senate by one
Feb. 27 N a g a i b returned to
power in Egypt in sudden switch.
March 1 Puerto Rican Nation
alists wound five U Congress
men in CapttoL
March 26 East German Zone
gets sovereignty but Soviet troops
April J French reinforce Dien
bienpbu post by parachute.
April 7 Ray Jenkins named
counsel for McCarthy-Army heal
ings. April Att orney General
Brownell seeks new laws to end
Communist Party. Dulles off for
London and Paris to discuss Indo
April 16 U.S. promises to keep
forces in Europe.
April 24 Dulles is promised two
party support at Geneva Confer
ence. April 22 Senate committee
opens hearings on Army-McCarthy
May 2 Viet Minn wrests three
string points from French in Indo-China.
May 4Corporal Dickenson con
viceted of collaborating with Reds
May 17 U.S. Supreme Court
rules racial segregation in public
schools unconstitutionaL McCarthy-Army
hearings off one week
as President Eisenhower bars re
June J Molotov insists Geneva
Conference consider political issues
Jane H Pierre Mendes-France
named French Premier in Indo
China crisis which resulted in the
capitulation of the Laniel govern-!
June 18 Revolt launched in Gua
temala; rebels begin invasion lead
ing to overthrow of leftist regime.
June 26 UN votes cease-fire in'
Guatemala; Soviet vetoes hemis
phere action; VS. warns Soviets
t keep hands off.
June ?7 President Jacoboa Ar
benz of Guatemala ousted; anti
Red junta takes over.
June 2 Oppenheimer loses ap
peal to AEC by 4-1 vote.
July 4 Two sides in Indo-China
talk in neutral zone. Marilyn Shep
pard found murdered in her Bay
Village, Ohio, home.
July 8 Colonel Armas named
provisional president of Guatemala.
July 10 Geneva C o n f e rence
opened by French Premier Mendes
France. July 1 ft Roy Cohn resigns as
Senator McCarthy's aide.
July 20 Indo-China armistice
signed; Viet Nam divided at 17th
July 22 Dr. Otto John, Bonn
"FBI" chief, vanishes in Soviet
sector of Berlin.
Jnly 26 New York City wel
comes Mile. Genevieve de Galard
Geraube, angel of Dienbienphu.
July 27 Senate ends 13-day fili
buster, passes atom bill.
July 30 McCarthy censureship
debate opens in Senate. Dr. Sam
Sheppard arrested and charged
with the murder of his wife.
Aug. 2 Senate votes six-man
panel to study Senator McCarthy
Aag. Emilie Dionne, one of the
famous quintuplets, dies at 20 years
Aag. S Senate approves Presi
dent Eisenhower's flexible farm
Yugoslavia, Turkey, Greece sign
mutual defense pact.
Aag. 12 Senate votes 85-0 to out
law Communist Party.
Aug. 17-rHouse backs Senate to
outlaw Communist Party.
Aug. W-Akide De Gasperi, Ital
ian Premier 1945-53 dies.
Aug. 24 Brazil's President Var
gas commits suicide.
Aag. 30 French National Assem
bly rejects European Defense Com
munity treaty for arming West
Sept. J Dulles in Manila, gives
Philippines a defense pledge. Gen.
Christian de Castries freed by Reds
Sept. 8 VS. and seven other na
tions sign Southeast Asian treaty
Sept. 14 Italy approves Eden's
proposal to arm Bonn.
Sept, 17 Full German role in
NATO approved by VS. and Eng
land. Sept 27 Watkins committee of
Senate recommends censure of Mc
Oct. S Trieste accord signed by
Italy and Yugsoslavia and ending
nine-year dispute. i
Oct. Eisenhower steps into
campaign, urges election of all Fe-,
Oct. 7 Owen Lattimore indicted
for perjury again. AEC disclosses
approval of Dixon-Yates contract, j
Oct, 11 Russia and Communist!
China announce new accords in-i
eluding Soviet pledge to evacuate'
Oct. If Egypt and Britain sign
pact on British evacuation of Suez
Oct. 24 UN celebrates ninth
Oct. 28 Ernest Hemingway wins
Nobel Prize in literature. !
Oct. Jl Iran ships first oil under
agreement with international in
Not. t Democrats capture con
trol of Congress: Harriman elect
ed Governor of New York.
"ev. 7 VS. photo plane downed
over northern Japanese coast by
Nev. Eisenhower names John
M. Harlan to VS. Supreme Court.
"ov. 11 Dixon-Yates contract is
signed. Jean Monnet announces
resignation as head of European
Nov. 14 Egvotian Premier Nas
ser ousts President Maguib on plot
Nov. 21 Andrei Vishinsky, So
viet UN spokesman, dies of heart
Nov. 23 Peiping reveals impris
onment of U.S. airmen on espion
Thirteen Americans get up to life
terms in Red China as spies.
Nov. 30 Britain fetes Churchill
on 80th birthday.
Dec 2 Senate votes censureship
Dec S Paul Butler named Dem
ocratic Party chairman.
Dec t UN to debate Red Chi
na's jailing of II US. airmen.
Dee. 21 Dr. Sam Sheppard, con
victed of second degree murder of
his wife, gets life sentence.
Dee. 24 French National Assem
bly votes tentatively against West
By ELLIE ELLIOTT
A pleasantly morbid thought oc
curred to me as I listened to the
University Madrigal Singers' broad-,
cast on Christmas Day. It is a
comfort, however, slight, to realize
that no matter how great a havoc
any future war may cause upon
this earth, as long as there are
any people alive, there will be
music. This music will tot feed
the hungry, nor will it clothe the
naked; in the material sense, it
is, I suppose, totaliy impractical.
Mask has, however, an inralnabl
coolribulioi to make to the life
of each maa, whether his physical
and material needs are sufficiently
satisfied or not. It caa instill ia
him aa inner sense of peace and
well-being; it is one f the few
things that man can create and
enjoy withoa the ase of tools and
instruments, and, if necessary, with
ul the aid or company f other
But music is a gift . . . from
God to man, and from man to men.
A gift is much more meaningful
if there is someone to receive it;
one might almost say that the
more people who share in some
thing beautiful, the more beauti
ful it becomes. "Let your light so
shine before men . . ."
I do not mean to say that every
person here at the University should
attempt to become a member of
the chores or of the orchestra.
That would be ridiculous. With
out the music maker, there would
be no mask; but without the ac
tive participation of a listening
audience, the music maker gains
little beyond personal edification
and greater skill through practice.
Therefore, whether oar talents lie
ia the ability to produce music, or
in the ability to absorb it, we owe
it too ourselhes and to oar fellows
to develop whichever talent we
We of the Midwest, and particu
larly of this University, are for.
tunate. We are a young people
and our culture is still being de
veloped. We. are making rapid
advancements in the arts, because
the heritage is still fresh and ex
citing to us. Because we are a
young people, we do not have all
the cultural advantages of some
other sections of the country; but
neither are we bogged down by
old and often meaningless social
demands in the arts. We believe
in our traditions because we have
formulated them, but we are not
yet afraid to experiment with new
This pioneering spirit is still alive
in the world of musk at the Uni
versity of Nebraska. Guided by
such able and farsighted men as
Arthur Westbrook, Emanuel Wish
now and David Foltx, we are able
to give three concerts and recitals;
our Madrigals gave a nationwide
Christmas broadcast; we gave a
presentation of King David that
astounded even the cosmopolitan
Mr. Rathbone; and we have the
audacity to attempt a production
o: The Consul.
We are the new generation of
pioneers. We all have a contri
bution to make to the advancement
and recognition of the music and
musicians of this University; and
I firmly believe that our efforts
will be repaid a thousandfold, In
many ways, now and ia the years
Voice Of The Turtle
NU Vacationers Return
With New Year Outlook
By FRED DALY
The great rash of vacation time
that interrupts the fall semester
every year is finally over. After
the brief oenfusion and indigestion
of Thanksgiving and the greater
confusion and filmed-over eyes of
New Year's Eve, University stu
dents have returned to their schol
arly tasks with freshened gait and
The return to school after the
aanua! winter break is an epic
ia itselL It lacks the color and
bewildered cries of September, but
there is something about the fa
miliar look of the old campus nn
der its winter blanket of dried
grass that brings a tear U the
eye and curl to the lip.
The first back are those who
beat the swen of Sunday traffic
by returning to Lincoln a day
early. There is great satisfaction
in finding a parking place any
where you want one, even if it
doesnt do you any good. J
There is that strange hollow
look of 16th street with only a pUe
of dead leaves and a campus
tourist or two to break the monot
ony that is a far cry from the usu
al Monday morning mob scene.
Students enter their bouses and
halls with little gasps of surprise
as if they were somewhat sur
prised to find the thing just as
they left it There are little fren
zied skirmishes to find what was
rained on, stolen, dried up, spoiled
or devoured by mice.
Girls run through the reverse
of a process they underwent two
weeks ago as they labor under
the involved matter of bringing
back to school everything tbry
own. which at the begiaaiag of
vacation they took home for rea
sons known only to them and oth
ers of their kind.
It is enough to make the per
spiration break out on a strong
Boys who return with their fra
ternity pins replaced by a far
sway look cf bewilderment and
slightly unfocused vision are quiz
zed closely by their brothers u
to whether or not they reaHy lost
their heads over vacation, and for
Pete's sake buy better cigars thaa
Clyde did, I almost choked.
Books are unpacked from sntW
rases where only two weeks be
fore they had been placed with
Aran resolutions and litUe fiarriea
of strong wfS. Nine out of tea
books never moved from the re
cesses of their cranks, and the
tenth was opened only to satisfy
the shrill cries of stady conscious
Little groups of friends gather
together to exchange anecdotes of
New Year's celebrations, and oc
casional worried question are
posed as to just what happened
after 10 p.m., because things got a
little dim and inversed about that
time for some.
Amang the resolutions are those
vowing to usure in 1956 by a quiet
evening in front of the television
set, sipping a Mission beverage
and warming the feet on the dog.
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