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Information bulletin
No. 133 (April 20, 1948)

Political terrorism in Berlin,   pp. 17-19 PDF (1.7 MB)

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(Continued from page 8)
Curriculum Centers
teachers throughout Wuerttemberg-
German readers-teachers, school
administrators, students, parents, in-
terested laymen-are encouraged to
study, to compare, to choose the best
ideas, to become familiar with modern
education trends and developments,
and to apply all of this to their own
schoolroom practice. Thus the or-
dinary classroom teacher can play a
part in the reorientation of German
schools. The German teacher can learn
to plan for himself without waiting
for instructions from above, helping
in the creation of a new and flexible
curriculum, and perhaps assisting in
the writing of a new textbook.
Special efforts have been made to
win the interest and coope ation of
the personnel of the Ministry of Cul-
ture inWuerttemberg-Baden, especially
those concerned with the making of
new curricula, or with the preparation
of new textbooks. At the invitation
of the Ministry, the director of the
Stuttgart Curriculum Center will par-
ticipate in the in-service training
courses held regularly for German
teachers at the Comburg, a castle near
Schwaebisch Hall. He will acquaint the
teachers with the services of the
Curriculum Centers.
Bi-weekly discussions of profes-
sional topics are held regularly at the
Stuttgart  Curriculum  Center  for
teachers and laymen.
The Stuttgart Center recently mov-
ed in with the American Information
Library, where there will eventually
be more room and more opportunity
for service, but the Center will retain
its close connection with the Educa-
tion and Religious Affairs Division,
An expanded program will be in
operation shortly. A feature of this
program will be an overt publication
to be sent out to teachers and in-
terested laymen. The journal will in-
clude Military Government announce-
ments, reprints from American mag-
azines, educational news notes, con-
tributions from progressive German
teachers, and reviews of books and
magazines articles.
A group of editors Is greeted by Brig. Gen. William Hesketh upon arrival
at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, on one leg of their tour of Germany. The
group (left to right): Mr. Dowdal Davis, of the Kansas City Call; Gen.
Hesketh; Mr. Thomas W. Young, of the Norfolk (Va.) Journal and Guide;
Mr. Carter Wesley, of the Houston Defender, and Mr. Frank L. Stanley,
of the Louisville Defender.                        (OMGUS PIO)
School Reform in Hesse Outlined
The day when advanced education
was considered the special privilege
of the socially and economically elite
is past in Hesse, an MG spokesman
said in a German-language program
broadcast to the people of Hesse over
Radio Frankfurt.
"Education is the right of everyone
to have, as far as his natural endow-
ments will permit, and it is the right
of everyone to help with the final
choice of the kind of education that
shall be provided," he declared.
Speaking on behalf of the OMGH
Education Division on an MG in-
formational series, the commentator
outlined the progress of school reform
thus far in Hesse. He cited the
decision to keep both pre-professional
and other students together for six
instead of four school years as "an
additional opportunity to end unfor-
tunate class lines in German society."
A German speaker, described as a
Hessian school teacher who had been
a prisoner of war in America, dis-
closed that 300 Germans are working
on school reform in Hesse. They have
b)cen selected from among leaders in
schools and universities, churches,
labor organizations, political parties,
and other groups interested in improv-H
ing school conditions in the state.  I
Military Government assistance, it
was disclosed during the broadcast,
has been given in securing technical
information on school problems,bring-
ing experts over from the United
States for consultation, and arranging
for the exchange of students and edu-
cators with the United States, Britain,
Sweden, and Switzerland. Libraries-
and money for the purchase of books
have also been provided, while RM
2,000,000, specifically earmarked fof.
school reform use, have been given
to the Hessian Ministry of Education.
The MG spokesman further des-
closed that no tuition has been charged
in any Hessian public school since 1
April, 1947, by decree of the Education
APRIL 20, 1948

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