Flower Supports Conant Stand on Private Schooling
President Conant's position on secondary education received firm support from a member of the School of Education yesterday, at the Law School Coffee Hour.
George E. Flower, assistant director of the Center for Field Studies of the Faculty of Education, said that Conant's stand against private education was distorted by many of his critics, and briefly stated what he considered to be the main points of the address given April 7 before the Association of Secondary Education.
He said that Conant did not question the right of private and denominational schools to exist, but would deny them federal or state funds for any purposes.
The most important point, according to Flower was that the nation should be concerned with the development of the public high school. "If the public high schools are bettered, the private schools would be less of a danger to national unity," he said.
Improvement of the public schools would persuade the "fence hangers," who send their children to parochial schools because of the inferior quality of public schools, to send them to public schools.
Flower also said that he favored federal aid for public education. "There are some states, he said, whose income level is so low that they just cannot raise the money for education that others can. A program of federal aid would aid in making national standards more uniform."