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The &ta _ __ Vol. 9# Number 11 4 Pages °*£%p»>6 Thursday, April 19, 1962 - _ ,o ----- Side —By P. D. A Mr. Tom Hennion wrote the following for The Tulare Advance-Register, and in a few words it gets to the heart of the matter, in my opinion. Herewith: There’s been a lot of talk recently about methods of evaluating teachers, and school people put quite a lot of stock in this, as is eminently proper. Some of the rules for evaluating and hiring are somewhat inflexible, though. For instance, Albert Einstein would not have been permitted to teach mathematics in a California junior college—no credenial. With this in mind, a fellow named Orville Rogers, who is in the education business himself (in Carmel) has come up with the following evaluation, in the modern style, of perhaps the greatest teacher in history, Socrates: Personal appearance: Low (dressed in old sheet.) Adaptability: Prone to suicide when under duress. Organization: Does not keep seating chart. Room appearance: Has no bulletin boards. Tact and consideration: Places students in embarrassing situation by asking questions. Daily preparation: Does not keep lesson plans. Professional ethics: Does not belong to professional association or P-TA; quarreled with Aristophanes. Education: No college degree. Parent relationship: Needs to improve in this area; parents are trying to get rid of him. Conclusion: Does not have a place in education—should not be rehired. In the issue of April 5th I reported on the trouble I’d had with Senator Paul H. Douglas. Well, I now feel better about the matter; the Senator got set straight in a letter from a gentleman in Lake Charles, La. Since I don’t have permission to use the writer’s name, I’ll have to omit it, but it’s what he said that counts, anyway, not his name. Senator Paul H. Douglas Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. Dear Senator Douglas: I have just read your speech given on the Senate floor on April 25, concerning Mr. P. D. East of Hattisburg, Mississippi, in which you say that “Mr. East started out some years ago opposing the more blatant forms of racial segregation. But it is now evidenced that Mr. East has been conquered by the very spirit which he originally sought to reduce.” You then published the various so-called editorials and con tributing letters from the “Petal Paper” March 8, 1962. Apparently, you have Hissed the point entirely. If you had read what you put in the Congressional Record published by Mr. East without prejudice or bias with any knowledge of human beings, you would have realized that those letters and editorials about the Scotch Irish are a very clever and humorous way of ridiculing extreme racial segregation. In the first sentence, when the plantation was titled “The Southern Manner,” you should have had a clue to the (Continued on Page 2) A BOOK REVIEW HARRY GOLDEN “YOU’RE ENTITLE,” by Harry Golden. Cleveland: The World Publishing Comany. 314 pp. $4. - . 'J . ■ Harry Golden is most blunt when he uses a sharp needle. As a champion of minorities and lib eral causes he uses humor and ridicule as a painter uses brushes and palette. There is little diplomacy in Harry Golden. But there is a basic honesty to his philosophy that puts his books on the best seller lists. He has what any newspaper man would call an ideal arrange ment. First, he writes his regular column for his newspaper the Carolina Israelite in his adopted town of Charlotte, North Caro lina. Then he culls out the best, puts them in book form and he is an author as well as an editor. His new collection, “You’re Entitle, ” was edited by his son, Harry Golden Jr., another newspaper man * * * It includes comments on events abroad as well as at home and gives his piercing views on com mon sites far removed from American borders but not Ameri can consciousness. He wanders from parking meters in Israel to bingo in England. Harry Golden also covered the Eichmann trial— as a piece of human history, not current events. Along with the international flavor these glints of Golden give an insight into the American Jew that is filled with warmth, love, and deep understanding. Mr. Golden strips selfishness, greed, hatred, and hypocrisy down to their basic nothingness. He shows the futility of hating or fearing one’s neighbor, whatever his color or creed. He is famous for his previous (Continued on Page 2) A Present Doy View— An Illness At Appomattox by Frederick B. Routh “Virginia, from 1954 to 1959,’< a student of Southern affairs has said, “was an Upper South state with a Deep South posture.” Pic ture if you will a stout matron bending over touching the palms of her hands to the floor without bending her knees and you will have some sense of the difficulty of maintaining such a posture. Two new books describe the Old Dominion’s travail. Madison Ave nue would refer to o n e as a “think” piece and the other as a “gut” piece; the former is Ben jamin Muse’s Virginia’s Massive Resistance and the latter is Speak ing from Byrdland, by Howard Carwile. But this is getting some what had happened prior to this To understand what happened in Virginia and the rest of the South following the United States Supreme Court’s school segrega tion decision of May 17, 1954, it is neccossary to examine briefly what had happened proir to this momentous occasion. Following the Civil War, or the War between the States, if you prefer, the South was occupied, first by armed forces, later by civilian administrators who re mained until the latter part of the 1870’s. This is the period of Re construction which left deeper scars than the war itself. By 1880 what southern historians call the Restoration was complete—south ern state1 governments were back in the hands of the local whites and the Negro was returned to an inferior social, economic, and po litical position, only a notch above slavery. While great numbers of (Continued from Page 2) Do You Know This Man? A reader has sent us the fol--< !i lowing word picture of a twen tieth century American: A young man lived with his parents in a public housing de velopment. He attended public school, rode the free school bus, and participated in the free lunch program. He en tered the army, then upon dis charge retained his national service insurance. He then en rolled in the state university, working part time in the state capitol to supplement his GI education check. Upon graduation he married a public health nurse and bought a farm with an FHA loan; and then obtained an RFC loan to go into business. A baby was bom in the coun ty hospital. He bought a ranch with the aid of the veterans’ land program and obtained emergency feed from the gov ernment. Later he put part of his land in the soil bank, and the payments soon paid off his farm and ranch. His father and mother lived very comfortably on the ranch on their social security and old-age assistance checks. REA lines supplied electricity; the government helped clear his land. The county agent showed him how to terrace it; then tho government built him a fish pond and stocked it with fish. The government guaranteed him a sale for his farm prod ucts at highest prices. Books from the public lib rary were delivered to his door. He banked money which "a government agency insured. His children grew up, entered public schools, ate free lunch es, rode free school buses, played in public parks, swam in public pools, and joined the FFA. He owned an automobile so he favored the Federal highway program. He signed a petition seeking Federal highway assistance in developing an industrial pro ject to help the economy of his area. He was a leader in ob taining the new post office and Federal building, and went to Washington with a group to ask the government to build a great dam costing millions so that the area could get “cheap electricity.” He petitioned the govern ment to give the local air base to the county. He was also a leader in the movement to get his specific type of farm ing special tax writeoffs and exemptions. Of course, he be longed to several farmers’ or ganizations, but denied that they were pressure groups. Then, one day; he wrote to his Congressman: “I wish to protest these excessive gov ernmental expenditure^ and attendant high taxes. I believe in rugged individualism. I think people should stand on their own two feet without expecting handouts. “I am opposed to all social istic trends, and I demand a return to the principles of our Constitution and the policies of States Rights.” Do you happen to know this man?—The Brookville (Pa.) American.