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The Doily Nebraskan
Wednesday, December 4, 1957
The Rejected Report
Monday evening a University Department
Chairman said at the local chapter meeting of
the American Association of University Pro
fessors," I think it is time we should consider
how we could be better teachers and stop being
so concerned about how the University could
be run better. If we want academic privilege "
we must accept more academic responsibility
... the people in this state are sick of petty
The statement followed a motion to vote on
the report on the Faculty Senate committee
system at the University prepared by six mem
bers of the local chapter.
The report, which evaluated the achievements
of mainly three committees academic privi
lege, liaison and policy, commented on such
issues as the demotion of C. Clyde Mitchell as
an Agricultural College department chairman
and the maintenance of a real wage scale at
The head of the report committee, Dr. J. L.
Sellers of the History Department stated, "Our
public school system is a sad example of what
happens when administrators are so much
more favorecj in regard to wages than those who
do the actual teaching."
The AAUP chapter failed to endorse the re
port by a slim margin of 46 to 50 votes.
But it still remains as the opinion, whether
endorsed or not, of the committee which was
appointed to look into the committee situation.
The Daily Nebraskan would like at this time
to examine the statements made by the depart
It is the concern of every person in the state
of Nebraska and particularly those who are
closely related to the University to examine the
administrative policies of the school.
When as and if any individual finds fault, finds
cause for disagreement, finds what he may feel
inequalities in the administration of the Uni
versity, it is not only his right but his duty to
bring them to light for the citizens of the
state to examine.
Professors who have the courage to object
to administrative policies are in a singular posi
tion. They represent the University in that they are
members of the staff of this institution.
Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine has
come up with a suggestion that appears per
fectly logical. She has advocated giving the
nation's reserve units a function within the civil
Most of the reserve personnel are private citi
zens who would be vitally interested in protect
ing their families and homes from sneak attack
and atomic destruction. As military men they
would also realize the importance of the job
they were doing for they would know from first
hand observation what most of us can hardly
conceive the awful destructive power of modern
from the edit
First Things First. . .
by Jack Pollock
Now that we have only three more weeks of
opportunity before we have to stop again for
another vacation, it seems fitting to turn to the
one topic that encompasses the purpose (?) of
11 our collegiate pursuits education.
The Wall Street Journal had an interesting tid
bit the other day on changes in high school cur
riculums in New York City. Formerly only
youngsters who wanted to go to college had to
worry about math, but now everybody who
wants a diploma of any kind will have to take at
least one year of mathematics. Another require
ment will be that all juniors and seniors in high
school in New York City must take instruction
in automobile driving.
Commented the WS "Journal" on the changes,
"The necessity of this addition (driver instruc
tion) may not be too clear to those old fogies
who think the time could be better spent or
maybe another math course, or even on some
extra grammar and spelling.
"But one thing is clear. Whether or not the
new one-year-of-math policy will do much to
answer either Sputnik or Mr. Herbert Hoover's
harsh facts (that high schools are not prepar
ing youngsters for the entrance requirements
which must be maintained by our institutions
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Ills alarming to think that a faculty member
would admonish other faculty members for
becoming deeply concerned with the admini
stration of the University,
It is alarming to this voice of the students to
think that a faculty member would ask other
faculty members not to be aware of the
problems of running the University.
But the chairman said, as a qualifying remark,
that academic privilege must be earned through
accepting more academic responsibility. This
stems at first glance as reasonable enough.
However, we have been under the assumption
that academic privilege is one of the rights of
the academic staff of the University and one
of the duties of the administration to uphold.
Along with it, reasonably enough, there are
responsibilities which faculty members must
accept. But the responsibilities should not come
at the cost of sacrificing the academic freedom
which the University cherishes.
The chairman's other statement, that the
people in the state are sick of our petty guarrels
is also of interest we believe.
If such things as the Mitchell Case or the
maintenance of a real wage or the discussion
of certifying teachers in the state seem petty
to the people of Nebraska then they ought to
have their heads examined.
Three charges of the abridgement of Dr.
Mitchell's freedom have been supported by a
University Senate Committee.
It was only because of the inadequacies of
the University's committee system that the rase
has dragged out this long.
And this latter fact would seem to give sup
port to the report which the special committee
offered Monday evening, to the effect that there
are some inadequacies in the present system.
It is not the purpose of the Daily Nebraskan
to develop into a controversy what might have
been just an intramural squabble of the AAUP.
But it is the purpose of this newspaper to
inform the campus family of what is happening.
And it is the right of the paper to hold the
opinion that what this country, this state and
the individuals therein need is the courage to
express their opinions in an open forum, the
courage to stand up for what they believe is
right, the courage to disagree with the policies
of the administration.
Not only would the reserve personnel be serv
ing a useful function more interesting to them
than long Sunday marches in the hot sun, but
their use in the civil defense program would
eliminate a bottleneck of long standing. While
he was civil defense director, ex-governor Val
Peterson declared that the biggest problem he
faced was the apathy of the American people
toward adequate civil defense preparations. With
a military impetus provided under Senator
Smith's suggestion, American civil defense might
finally become a practical reality.
Keep e'm coming, Senator Smith. Practicality
is an all too seldom practiced virtue among
government officials nowadays.
training scientists and engineers), there is no
doubt at all that it will be a help to the auto
driving course. Practically all the pupils will
learn to read the figures on the dashboard."
Now, back to Lincoln.
Colored lights and Mickey Mouse. That's
From Pollock's vast warehouse of useless
knowledge comes this fact of the week: Of 885
motor-vehicle deaths during the Christmas holi
day last year, not one driver was killed by a
In other words, it's the driver that counts.
Someone pointed out the other day the open
season on pedestrians on the 14th street speed
way in front of Teachers College and Andrews
Hall. College students driving cars would do
well to remember that children going to Ban''
croft School (and thus using the same crossings
as we collegians) are not quite as adept at
dodging cars, buses and other motor vehicles.
The child who walks or runs out from behind
parked cars gives no warning but how much
comfort is that to you as a driver, after you've
A Few Words OfA Kind . . .
by ?. e. hines
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A lot of Americans have loosened
the dandruff from their scalps re
cently while in the act of thought
ful head scratching.
The particular cause for intro
spection and dandr jff removal has
been the American vs. Russian ed
ucational system controversy that
hopped out of its grave with a
"science fiction come true" ac
complishment by Russia.
Now we are nearly buried be
neath a stack of resolutions, ac
cusations, affirmations, rebuttals
and quips of sorrow from indi
viduals and groups who have de
cided this is the time for them to
take care of some unfinished ed
The most lively current contro
versy here has been caused by a
resolution of 11 University profes
sors. They contend that the method
of teacher certification in Nebras
ka should be changed. More em
phasis should be placed on the in
structor knowing "what" to teach
rather than merely "how" to
teach, these professors contend.
This is to borrow a worn phrase
designed to make English teachers
shudder fine and dandy like good
brandy but is this the basic prob
lem? Will the handing out of emer
gency certificates to individuals
well stocked with subject matter
information give us more teach
ers? The only thing that will provide
this country and this state and this
University with the type of quali
fied teachers needed to compete
with Russia on a scientific level
(and also improve our own society
culture-wise) is the God Almighty
You and I and little Jimmy and
Jane can't speak any other lan
guage. We don't live on beautiful
thoughts and the penny candy
counter is a thing of the past.
The moralist is actively con
demning this money worship by
Americans as placing us many
steps nearer Mr. Mephistophales
& Co., Incv. & Ltd. But his cries
of stop, look and listen won't do
any more good in providing us
with additional qualified teachers
than a monthly brushing of teeth
will do to prevent tooth decay.
And please don't remind me of
dedication or toss sacrifice in my
face. Yes, there are dedicated in
dividuals who stay in teaching and
sacrifice better economic condi
tions. They are becoming fewer
and fewer, however, when more
and more are needed. What can we
expect when the cars keep get
ting bigger and bigger?
A poor soul who can't afford an
Ivy League sweater on this cam
pus normally is a card carrying
member of the Social Oblivion
Club staying with the Jones fam
ily and the Ivy Association is a
part of our society. As the cur
WHAT It A LACKADAISICAL MOM
WHAT'S AN AGILE SECRET AGENT
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rent Grin and Bear It cartoon auto
salesman said, "There is some
thing Un-American about someone
wanting a smaller car than his
So if we when we leave the
Halls of Ivy and the adult leaders
of the United 48 want a bountiful
harvest of good teachers, I sug
gest they stop discussing secondary
hogwash and face the number one
Either pay the teachers a fee
which will attract exceptional per
sons to the field or find a way to
raise a family of four or pay a
doctor bill on dedication and sacri
fice. And certainly when we pay
someone more money for a job
we, can then start asking for bet
ter performances on his part.
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