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    News of the ProfessionAuthor(s): Ruth E. HalvorsenSource: Art Education, Vol. 15, No. 8, Adult Art Education Issue (Nov., 1962), pp. 22-27Published by: National Art Education AssociationStable URL: .Accessed: 14/06/2014 08:57

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  • NEWS OF THE PROFESSION New NAEA Executive Secretary

    Dr. Charles Dorn, our new Executive Secretary of the Na- tional Art Education Association has come to us from the Art Department of Northern Illinois University. We welcome him most heartily and will support his endeavors in all ways possible. He is sensitive to the need to support and supple- ment education and the creative arts.

    Dr. Dorn was born in Minneapolis. His college under- graduate work was completed at George Peabody College for Teachers at Nashville, Tennessee, where he received the B.A. and M.A. degrees in art. After additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Dorn received the Ed.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Dr. Dorn has taught at National College of Education, Evanston, Illinois; University of Texas; Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee; and Union University at Jackson, Tennessee.

    A frequent contributor to art journals, Dr. Dorn has been editor of both the Illinois and Tennessee state art educa- tion publications. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Illinois Education Association, Illinois Art Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Phi Kappa.

    His professional activities have included serving on the Executive Board of Phi Delta Kappa in the Northern Illinois Region, as chairman of the Editorial Board of the Illinois Art Education Association, past president of the Tennessee Art Education Association, and council member of the South- eastern Arts Association.

    Dr. and Mrs. Dorn have two children Jan, age 8 and "Chip," age 18 months and now make their home in Alex- andria, Virginia.

    We wish Dr. Dorn the best of all possible success in his new position as Executive Secretary of the association and pledge him our support in the years to come.


    Financing the Public Schools 1960-1970 High quality public schools will cost us $33.6 billion

    per year by 1970 according to the National Education Association. This price tage is for current expense only; capital outlay and interest would boost the total a few billions more.

    Financial support at this level, said the NEA in a 150-page special report Financing the Public Schools 1960-1970, would enable the United States to achieve real quality in its schools by the end of the decade.

    According to Sam M. Lambert, director of the NEA Research Division and supervisor of the two- year project which developed the report, the estimates for 1970 are based on:

    * The enrollment of practically all school-age chil- dren and youth in a public or private school;

    * a substantial increase in the percentage of boys and girls finishing high school;

    * salaries for teachers comparable to earnings in other professions, and competitive with salaries of- fered the best talent coming out of our colleges and universities;

    * considerable improvement in the average training and experience of instructional staffs (57 percent of all teachers would have master's or higher degrees);

    * a staffing ratio of 50 professionals per 1,000 pupils-the Educational Policies Commission formula for providing the staff needed to supply adequate instructional, supervisory, and administrative services, plus the supporting services now provided in the nation's best school systems.

    This price tag on top quality schools would mean a 110.9 percent increase in current expenditures per pupil between 1959-60 and 1969-70. It also represents an increase in the average classroom teacher's salary from $5,527 this year to $9,710 in 1969-1970.

    Number in School

    On school enrollments the report points out that in the past, too few children have had the advantage of attending kindergarten, and at the other end of the school spectrum, too many youths drop out before high school graduation. On the assumption that both of these conditions will be remedied by 1970 and that practically all school age children and youth will be enrolled in school, the report predicts school enrollments by the end of the decade as follows:

    * Total enrollment in public and private schools will reach 55.0 million pupils of which 46.7 million will be in public schools. The enrollment in public


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  • schools by 1970 will represent an increase of 10.6 million pupils or 29.5 percent over enrollments in 1959-60.

    * In grades kindergarten through 8, says the re-

    port, there will be 32.3 million in public school, 6.4 million in private school in 1969-70; in grades 9-12 there will be 14.4 million in public school, 1.9 million in private school.

    * Assuming the holding power of schools to be improved over today, the total number of high school graduates of the class of 1970 is estimated at 3.8 million, an increase of 111 percent over the 1.8 million high school graduates of 1960.

    Pay Levels In discussing teaching salaries, the report uses

    standards which it says will make it possible to staff the schools of 1970 with "highly trained professional persons who will devote a lifetime of service to teach- ing, who will return to school every second or third summer to increase their knowledge, and who en- vision classroom teaching as important as any other profession for a college trained person."

    Using these assumptions, the report sets a goal schedule for teaching for 1970 which includes:

    * a beginning salary for classroom teachers with bachelor's degrees of $6,000 (a goal recommended by the NEA Representative Assembly since 1959);

    * an average salary for all classroom teachers of $9,710;

    * maximum amounts which range from $9,773 for teachers with bachelor's degrees to $15,162 for teachers with doctor's degrees.

    Designed as a source book for the public and for state and national legislative committees of teachers associations, the report calls on Americans to plan for public education with "greater vision and more boldness than ever before," and to think in terms of substantial improvement of state school systems when projecting costs of public education. The report in- cludes 64 pages of tables, showing individual estimates for each of the 50 states.

    In Dr. Lambert's words: "The vast majority of the American people want and need to know what quality education is going to cost; they are not inter- ested in pricing a second-rate school system for American children."

    Director of the two-year Project, authorized by the NEA Representative Assembly was LeRoy J. Peterson of the University of Wisconsin, who prepared the first draft of the report. The final report was written by Research Associate Jean M. Flanigan of the NEA Research Division. Educators in every state served as contacts in the survey stage of the Project. Addi-

    tional information and assistance was supplied by the United States Bureau of the Census, the National Planning Association, and the United States Office of Education.

    NOTE: Copies of Financing the Public Schools 1960-1970 may be obtained from Publications Sales Section, National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington 6, D. C. Single copies, $1.50

    Turtle Wins Prize A recently released film on kindergarten art, "The

    Purple Turtle," has just won first prize for the best fine arts film at the 1962 Vancouver International Film Festival, according to word received July 24 by Stelios Roccos of ACI Productions, who directed and produced it. The American Consul General is receiving the prize for Mr. Roccos. "The Purple Turtle," in color with sound, was made in coopera- tion with the National Kindergarten Association, and sponsored by The American Crayon Company.

    Columbia Professor Heads Teacher Training At Philadelphia Museum College of Art

    Arthur R. Young, distinguished art educator and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, for many years, has been named to direct the training of art teachers at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, it was announced by E. M. Benson, Dean of the College.

    Professor Young will direct the College's under- graduate department of art education which has been training teachers for school systems in Pennsylvania and elsewhere for nearly a century. He will also de- velop a