Fund for the Republic Luncheon

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Program opens with introduction of the head table by Robert M. Hutchins: Harry S. Ashmore, editor of the Encyclopedia Britanica and Director of the Fund for the Republic, Major Jubilar Parton [?], Elmo Roper, Joseph F Clark, and Justice William O. Douglas.

Hutchens talks about the terrible state of California water, roads, and education.
[Very high pitched tone at 3 minutes in]. He calls himself the "Bert Lahr of American education." Goes on to speak about the goals of education - to create individual power and create individuals who can face future challenges. [Very high pitched tone at 6 minutes in]. We need to improve the environment, not just adjust to it.

Next, Admiral Hyman Rickover speaks. He echos the sentiment that the focus of education should be to develop intellect. He disagrees with the American trend that places education in the hands of administrators and businessmen. He also states that it is impossible to teach all children in the same way. He refers to the "progressive mess" the county's educational system is in. He advocates nationally recognized standards with community input. He advocates raising teacher salaries.

Dr. Rosemary Park, President of Barnard College, speaks. She discusses the role of the machine in education, but defends the human individuals. She also speaks of the role of individualists. She notes the role of education in creating a society. She speaks at great length about hope.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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