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Tuesday, April 22, 1958
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TKe Daily Nebroskon
Editorial Comment
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Mysteries No More:
Study Due Today
Today, the University waits with an
ticipation for the report of the hush-hush
committee investigating teacher certifi
cation. This committee, which has clammed
up to the press over the extended period
of time it has been in operation, should,
we suspect, bring forth some interesting
material.
The information to be disclosed will
hardly state the student viewpoint. That,
seemingly, is unimportant. No students
that we are aware of were called in to
testify as to the quality of teacher train
ing courses or the rigidity of the courses
they received in the Arts College. So
what we will end up with is an evalu
ation of teacher training by teachers
geared toward teachers.
In the hopes that this editorial is read
by some before the delivery of the re
port of the committee's work at this aft
ernoon's meeting of the Regents, let's
pound out some specific idea of what
some students feel would be the ac
cepted program for teachers.
The national congress of the country's
leading forensics group suggested that
teachers receive a minimum of methods
courses and concentrate on the "beefy"
courses. A national standard for teach
ers which the congress suggested would
be a minor in teacher methods for every
one who will teach with the BA degree.
For the teachers-to-be with a masters
degree the congress suggested four hours
of teacher training courses or a year of
teaching assistanceship in the colleges.
But remember that these are sugges
tions for a national standard.
What about Nebraska? Well, Eleven
Professors called for a re-evaluation of
the teachers training program, with an
increased emphasis on the Arts courses
and joint certification of teachers by
the Arts and Teachers faculty.
This measure was to insure that the
teachers knew what they were teaching
as well as how to put it across.
An amended petition by the eleven
professors in the Arts college called for
1) transfer of the certifying authority
from the Teachers College to the Office
of Registration and Records; 2) Aboli
tion of the system of dual matricula
tion; 3) Lowering by the legislature of
the number of hours professional educa
tion certification from 18 to 15.
Now these are seemingly sound recom
mendations. Let's look at them one by
one and see why. ,
The first recommendations would
transfer the certifying power from the
hands of a single agency to an agency
which would have an overall record of
the young teacher's academic achieve
ments. We presume that this office also
has It Its fingertips information dealing
with the individual's personality, adjust
ment, etc. The recommended certifying
office could be thoroughly objective,
rigid and, additionally, would li a sound
compromise to the origin 1 1 eeummend
ation that certification be Jhared by the
Teachers and Arts colleges.
By abolishing the system of dual ma
triculation a student would be in a po
sition to concentrate his efforts more
in a field which holds his interests. More
important, the student would be able to
concentrate on the "meaty" subjects
which are necessary to a good teacher.
Furthermore, the problems, the conflicts
of personality and the just plain orneri
ness which has been charged to the
Teachers College when it comes to dual
matriculation would be avoided. In fine,
a student could concentrate on his sell
improvement, his education without con
centrating on red tape.
The third recommendation would cut
from the teacher curriculum three hours
now essential for certification. This is
apparently a small number, but in ef
fect could make a big difference in the
overall training program. As you are
well aware many of the teachers col
lege courses like those in other colleges
are sequence courses. A student may
be stymied if he can't fit in a 10 o'clock
methods course, for example, which he
need to finish a methods pattern. This
course might not be available for an
other year, thus slowing the entire edu
cational process for that individual. Ad
ditionally, the three hours could well
be spent in the field of the teacher's
major area. Three more hours of Eng
lish, or three extra hours of history cer
tainly couldn't harm anyone and might
well contribute to the overall "making"
of that teacher.
The Daily Nebraskan has stood with
the Arts College professors throughout
this argument. We have been open in
our biases, but have been willing to
look over, to digest, arguments on both
sides. We have never denied the argu
ment that perhaps the programs in some
Arts College departments could be stiff
ened. However, we have not let this
argument stand in the way of looking
at the teacher certification situation. Aft
er all it is hardly the point In question.
The time has come for American col
leges and universities to stiffen their
programs, to answer unanswered ques
tions from students, to build stronger
educational systems by providing better
teachers.
We have confidence in the ability of
the six-man committee which is study
ing the recommendations of the Arts
professors and which is, reportedly,
ready to tender its report at the Regents
meeting today. We trust that the men
involved have studied the basic issues
at stake and are willing to speak open
ly, defiantly, of any body which would
stand in the way of improving education
on every level.
If this should mean that they believe
w hat we need is more hours of educa
tion, then this should be given serious
thought.
But we sincerely doubt the validity of
a stand like that in light of the empha
sis the country has been placing the
last few months in science, raw inves
tigation and the challenge teachers are
facing in answering questions of what
and how and why.
From the Editor
private opinion
They finally came in Monday morn
ing's mail.
The two life-size pictures I sent to
General Mills for. One is of the Lone
Ranger (six feet tall and looking as tough
as ever) and the other is of Tonto better
known to his friends as Jay Silverheels.
The pictures only cost 50 cents and
three box - tops from
Wheaties. And now, dis
played prominently in 1
the Daily Nebraskan of-1
fice, they strike a fiery
picture calling for a re
turn to the traditions of ,
the Old West Dick An-!
drews is always talking
about.
At nv rate in mv
opinion, these pictures Shugrue
are something without
which any fraternity bedroom cannot
do. Send to General Mills in Minneapo
lis after you have gathered the box tops
from your brothers and sisters back
home or from some kind cook.
Motto for the week, culled from the
Minneapolis Star via the World Herald:
"Potestas scholarum educationis delen
da est."
dick shuzrue
And as Allen Tate, prize-winning poet
and critic and professor of English at
the University of Minnesota noted: "Be
cause in high school you were engaged
in 'group dynamics' and not in the study
of Latin, 1 will translate it: 'The power
of the schools of education must be
destroyed."
In all fairness, 1 might mention that
Tate was speaking to a group of college
freshmen vehemently stating that the
purpose of education "is not happiness;
it is not social integration; it is neither
for democracy, nor for aristocracy nor
for any other social or political system."
Tate implied that students have been
talked down to in grammar school and
in high school and told that the pur
pose of education is happiness, social
integration and democracy.
Of course, if we want happy, smiling
faces to come from our secondary
schools, that's another thing. I would
prefer to see the schoolboy's happiness
tempered with a little sound reasoning,
a little knowledge, a little bit of worry
ing about where we're going.
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"Lewis Strauss Says That To Stop Nuclear Tests
Would lie A Tragic Mistake"
Buck Shot
Wayward Wanderings
By Ron Mold
Mold
It has been quite some time
since I've been out on a limb.
So, what with the trees bud
ding and the grass greening,
1 thought this might be a good
week for it. I
have in mind
a question
which I've
been ponder
i n g for
months. I
probably risk
being put on
schola s t i c
probation for
even thinking
such a ques
tion, but I'm going to ask it
anyway. My question is this:
why poetry?
Now, for those who haven't
crumpled the paper and
thrown it away in despair,
please allow me to elaborate.
Let me say at the outset that
this is not a insurrection
against the English depart
ment. 1 am not trying to be
facetious. I am not trying to
be iconoclastic. I enjoy Eng
lish, and I enjoy some poetry.
But 1 have been unable to
convince myself that poetry
has any utility beyond that of
entertainment.
I have been repeatedly told
since the third grade that
poetry is good. But no one has
ever been able to satisfactorily
explain to my why it is
"good." What is inherent in
poetry which makes i' t h
great intellectual stronghold it
is alleged to be? Yes. I real
ize that poetry involves in
tricate usages a:ul nuances
of meaning, and is probably
the best example available of
the flexibility of the English
language. But if this be the
sole purpose of poetry, it
doesn't seem to me that the
end is worth all that is in
volved in the means.
Let's take the poetry of Mil
ton, for example, or Keats,
or Tennyson (no particular
relationship is implied here).
When 1 read Milton, I find
that I am experiencing a re
action similar to that gained
by working a Kingsley Double
Crostic in the Saturday Re
view. It is merely a mental
exercise. Of course, it can be
understood if one takes the
time to plow through the
clouded metaphors, ob
scure allusions, and classical
references. But this poetry is
no longer rewarding (in any
sense) after I have reached
the twentieth line.
Is this, then, the purpose of
poetry a mental parlor
game with which to entertain
one's mind, a diversion for a
dull evening? If so, then I'm
in favor of it, and no more
questions asked.
But what is it in poetry
which builds the intellectual
cirrus cloud layer so many
English professors (and a few
students) walk on? Where am
I missing the boat (provided,
of course, that there is ac
tually a boat to be missed
and then there must be, be
cause the English department
says it is so)?
At the risk of openly being
declared a simpleton, I am
forced to admit that I just
don't see it. And I don't think
1 am entirely alone in this
viewpoint - many of my fel
low students have indicated
that they loo find themselves
confused. Undoubtedly, some
of this confusion is the result
of th" psychological wall of
aMvv'K'nsion built up by many
l',,i!4iisli teachers in the public
schools.
Bui I'm still not through ask
ing questions. My next is this:
doesn't most poetry actually
oppose rational thinking? If
poetry does contain certain
truths about man, about hu
man nature, or about the. uni
verse, isn't it an awkward and
tangetial way of getting at
these truths? Isn't prose much
more efficient than poetry?
If some aspiring student or
some inspiring professor would
care to undertake the task of
answering the questions I
have raised, I am sure there
are a number of us who would
perhaps benefit. Please don't
write in, however, for the sole
purpose of pointing out how
stupid I am. I'm becoming
increasingly aware of this as
each day passes.
By Melvyn Eikleberry
The sack dress has got to
go.
I suppose that we men had
it coming; we were beginning
to take the female figure for
granted. The sack dress adds
a touch of mystery. But real
ly, girls, enough is enough!
Several songs are now ex
pressing the pained reaction
of the male population. One
has lyrics something like this :
"You got the figure I adore,
So whatcha hide it for?"
Another describes the sack
wearer as looking like a
"pole," adding imperatively,
"Take that
gown back!"
In the
search for
remedies, the
idea of legis
lation always
pops up. It is
often easier
to pass a law
against some-jf
ming man
to solve the
real problem. 1 don't know of
any legislation being pro
posed to ban the sack dress;
mere disapproval of the sack
by hordes of handsome young
men will be enough to Send
the Sack Back.
A classic of conformity was
uttered in ROTC Lab recent
ly: "You're at attention, Mis
ter! Blow you nose some
other time!"
May I suggest:
1. A phone in every room
of every dorm;
2. An educational firm ev
ery day in every class;
3. Moderate application of
the above suggestions.
I suppose that while I am
on the topic of improvements,
"Buck"
it Is a duty to mention The
(drinking) Situation. In my
opinion, to step off the cam
pus for booze is not really too
difficult.
There is an interesting pos
sibility that not all the land
within the United States
boundaries is actually United
States territory. Various
claims have been made that
some Indian tribes, along
with their land, form separ
ate nations within the United
States, and should be treated
as foreign nations.
I have a leaflet which says
this:
... it is obvious that unless
an Indian tribe, or other na
tion, voluntarily agrees to
transfer one or more of its
soverign powers to the United
States, neither the Congress,
nor the President, nor the
Supreme Court, has any au
thority whatsoever over that
tribe, or nation. Such, for ex
ample, is the case with the
Ilopi Indian Nation of Arizona
which, as a distinct and rec
ognizable political entity, has
not delegated any of i t s sov
erign powers to any other pol
itical entity, not even to the
United States. The Hopi Na
tion, therefore, is not part of
the United States. It is a sep
arate nation. The United
States of America, theefore,
States of America, therefore,
even pass over Hopi lands,
much less establish a village
thereon and attempt, both
peacefully and by the use of
force and violence, to set up
and operate a competitive pol
itical administration.
Perhaps they will start set
ting up signs on their "reser
vation" saying, "Yanks Go
Home!"
My Weal Or Woe
Basoco
Yesterday one of my in
structors treated his class to
what to me was one of the
most refreshing examples of
a prof's genuine interest in
his students
that I've ex
perienced in
my college
career. All
two years of
it.
He walked in
to class and
announ c e d
that he
wanted to
talk to us for
about five minutes about
something that didn't actual
ly pertain to that class any
more than it did to any class
or anything else for that mat
ter. "Good deal," I thought.
Knowing that for him to limit
himself to five minutes was
about as probable as my lim
iting this column to 12 inches,
I stopped sweating not hav
ing done the assignment,
ceased ruffling the w o r n
pages of the vocabulary sec
tion of the book, and leaned
back with what I hoped was
an interested look on my face.
I was about to try out my
theory that a person can ac
tually sleep with his eyes
open and with a somewhat
interested look on his face,
ACP Poll
USSR-American Cultural Exchanges
Tabbed Good By US College Students
College students appear to
be overwhelmingly in favor
of a recent cultural exchange
agreement signed by the Unit
ed States and Russia. Eighty
eight of the college men
and 95 of the coeds inter
viewed in a recent survey
agree that an agreement to
exchange visits of scholars,
artists and the like between
Russia and the United States
is a good idea.
Associated Collegiate Press
asked the question:
Recently, the United States
signed an agreement with
Russia to exchange visits of
students, scholars, artists and
the like for the purpose of
building up better relations
between the two countries. Do
you think that having such a
program of allowing Russians
to visit the United States and
Americans to visit Russia is
a good idea or a bad idea?
of a representative group of
students in colleges and uni
versities throughout the na
tion. The findings, in detail,
are as follows:
Mea Worn. Tot.
Think exchange program
Is a coed idea M M
Think exchange program
Is a had Idea 1
Undecided
Men of the freshman class
are' more favorably disposed
toward the agreement than
are the men in other classes
interviewed. Ninety-four of
the freshmen think the cultur
al exchange program is a good
idea, as opposed to 83 of
the sophomores, 86 of the
juniors and 84 of the sen
iors. Fr. Sophs Jrt. 8rs.
Think exeg. program
Is a rood idea N 3M M
Think exeg. program
is a bad idea 11 1
tndeclded '
Not only are coed generally
more favorably disposed to
cultural exchange with Rus
sia, but all the members of
two classes interviewed the
sophomores and the seniors
iliink such a program is a
good idea.
Fr. Sophs Jri. Kri.
Think exeg. program
is a good Idea . . 3 100 78 100
Think exeg. program
is a had idea ... 7 .... t
Cndaeided
Comments supporting opin
ions that the program is a
good idea on the issue are
generally centered around the
notion that it is only by ob
serving each other's countries
that the United States and
Russia will develop ways to
live peaceably. On the other
hand, students who feel such
an exchange is a bad idea
most generally give as their
reason the opinion that it is
probably a mistaken idea to
put too much faith in Rus
sia's good intentions with re
spect to the program.
by dick basoco
when I caught a tiny tidbit
of what he was rambling on
about.
He was trying to tell us that
it is of utmost importance
that we make a decision as
to what is important and what
is not. It's time, he says, that
we decide what we are going
to do.
I certainly appreciated the
respite from parlez-vousing,
but it goes a little deeper than
that. It started me thinking
(which, contrary to popular
opinion, I am at times capa
ble of) about what does mat
ter, about what really is im
portant. I mean, in ten years or ev
en in two years, who is real
ly going to give a big fat
darn (I'd say "damn" but it'd
get cut) about who are this
year's Innocents or Mortar
Boards. How many peope who
were thus honored five years
ago can you name? I can't
name any, and the important
thing is that I don't actually
care who was what five years
ago. Sure, it's nice to walk
around looking important on
Ivy Day, but is it really so
important? I've never serious
ly thought so, but it was
brought sharply into focus
while this prof talked.
When you really stop to
think it over, the only thing
that is really important, is
that each person, individually,
makes up his mind, decides,
if you will, what is important
really important and then
proceeds to do it.
And if anyone can be hon
est enough with him or her
self to really think it out for
himself, then what he or she
does will be the right thing.
The right thing, the import
ant thing, is what counts. But
deciding what is and what isn't
is tough. I hope enough people
are "tough" enough to do the
right thing. This'll be a lot
better place to live.
The homespun philosopher
has spoken. For what it's
worth.
The thing that some people
have been smelling around
this campus recently isn't
whatever may still be rotten
in Denmark. It's some of the
politics that have been going
on in recent weeks around
here. I don't want to mention
any names because I hate see
ing mine in print, but the
whole idea of people running
around in secretive little
groups is a little silly. Quite
a little.
But 1 guess it really isn't
too important ... or is it?
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