The first presentation of a critical and all-pervasive problem, the break-down of public education, this is based on a six...

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OUR CHILDREN ARE CHEATED

The first presentation of a critical and all-pervasive problem, the break-down of public education, this is based on a six months' survey, the country over, of the acute teacher shortage, the lowered morale, the inadequate facilities, all of which promise to result in insufficient, incompetent schooling for all children during the coming decade. How, because of little pay, and even less respect in their communities, many teachers have left for other work so that in 1947, 6,000 schools were closed, and the likelihood that within five years, we will need 600,000 additional teachers. The acceptance of substandard, substitute teachers, (only half of which have college degrees) the rapidity of teacher turnover; the inadequacy of their salaries; the insufficient allotment of state funds; the need for stronger tenure laws; the poorer facilities of rural schools; the disparity between Negro and white education; the overcrowding of the colleges, all save the teachers' colleges which hold no incentive today; and a program of the many reforms which are needed. A serious, shocking expose of an all-affecting situation, this will probably be read only in educational circles, though it should reach a much wider market.

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 1947

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Publisher: Holt

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947