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Page Two THE BUZZER July 20, 1955 THE BUZZER Eastern Montana College of Education Published Weekly by the Summer Session Publications Class Billings, Montana Managing Editor Bob Well Editor Ruth Negus Feature Editor Ruth S. Marston Reporters Gloria Cowell Agnes McLaren Cleo Heiken Marian Huffman Bess Taylor Dick Blotkamp Photographer _Alan Lee Advisor Montana Rickards AW 7 Private 99999 Secretary (Kay Tiskus) The only similarity between Ann Sothern as \Private Secretary\ and me is that we both have feet. Mine are both left. I'm the gal to whom nothing important ever happens. I'm the middle one of three children. That's the story of my life. In the middle. Contrary to public opinion, I acquired my eastern accent from having lived and worked an interesting number of years (I'm not counting them!) in Massachusetts, not having worked at Eastern. Strangely enough, my son and my husband have no trouble at all in understanding my odd dialect. I am secretary to Dr. Albert Hopkins, Dean of Education and Di- rector of Summer Session. Also to Mrs. Dora Reese, Reading Consultant and Director of the Remedial Reading Clinic. Ditto to John Snedeker, of Child Growth and Development fame. In be- tween times I am secretary to Miss Groom who, among other things, is Children's Librarian. Then there is my bookkeeping. From debits with credits, yet. For me, who thinks anyone who can add 5 and 8 and consistently get 13 is wonderful! Just to keep me from getting into a rut, I answer the Labora- (Continued on Page 4) Dr. Bain Conducts Graduate Art Worshop Five students are enrolled in Dr. Bain's class for graduate students in art education called \Curriculum De- velopment in Art Education.\ They are: Hazel Du Beau, Rhea Green, Alice Hemphill, Rose Siler, and Agnes Trout- man. This course, according to Dr. Bain, is designed to bridge the gap between old assumptions and new findings and facts on how children develop in art. It is also meant to bridge the gap between theory and practice in art. This is accomplished in two different ways. First, students work cooperatively with the Director of Recreation in Billings, Walter Zimmerman. They visit the city parks and observe work done there. If there are not materials avail- able which the children would like to have, students furnish these materials, then work with the children in activities they have selected. Second, the class conducts a laboratory for children twice a week in their art classroom. This is permissive activity in which children choose what they would like to do, and the members of Dr. Bain's class help them to carry out their activities. Chil- dren are encouraged to engage in art activities with a spirit of play and adventure, for it is only in this way that they are truly themselves, each child unique in his desires and ex- pressions of art. Such a program initiated and carried out by Dr. Bain and his class has been tried in only a few places in our country, and this is the first time it has been tried in this state. Students have no set time to go to city parks to work with the children, but they are able to work into the schedule of art work activities already established in the parks. Why not try this, Mr. Hoheisel??? Campus pot holes for frog ponds! \Greater Understanding Of Current School Problems is Needed\ William I. King On loan from the state department of public instruction is Mr. William I. King, high school supervisor, on campus at Eastern to conduct a three-week course on the junior high school. He brings many new ideas to teachers en- rolled in his course who are examining the history, philosophy, and functions of the junior high school. At this time, there is a legal provision for larger amounts to be budgeted where accredited junior high schools place the seventh and eighth grades in the secondary schedule. Individual Attention and Better Administration Result Some advantages in a junior high school, explained Mr. King, are these: more concentrated individual attention to the pupil by better qualified teachers, easier administrative conformation to regular standards in an approved junior high school than is possible in junior high divisions which are less well or- ganized within a public school set-up, and the probability of greater educa- tional return for tax money spent. Two big problems at present are in finding properly qualified teachers trained for the junior high level, and the small extra cost per child to finance the program. Public Needs to Change Attitude Towards Teachers There is evidence, stated Mr. King, which shows that high schools will be as short of qualified teachers in the near future as grade schools are now unless there are some changes in at- titude towards the profession of educa- tion by the public. It is \time for a change\ in the philosophy of school boards and local communities if young people of fine merit are to be persuaded that the profession is worthwhile as a career. (Continued on Page 4) EDITORIAL Many words have been written and said about the power of the press. The influence of the printed newspaper today can easily cause panic in the nervous world of today. It is more important than ever that journalists control this freedom and stick to the truth instead of concentrating on sensation. Although the Buzzer prints very little world-shattering news, it does attempt to print constructive true articles that will be interesting reading for students and instructors. We would like to print more articles about students. We hope to give more emphasis to student interviews and personality sketches, so don't run and hide in a chuck hole if you see a reporter approaching you—you may be very interesting copy!