September 7, 1972 - After racial disturbances at several Minneapolis high schools last year, human relations programs are appearing in high schools. Central High School has a course called "Woman, Search for Herself" that deals with relationships among high school girls who come from different racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Teachers want to develop areas of communication. Students with different backgrounds tend to interact very little with other groups. There is little dialogue between black and white women, but when there aren't men in the classroom women start talking to each other. They have common concerns, illustrated by discussions about what it means to be a woman. The teachers talk about Women's Liberation and different student opinions about it. Inserted song sung by Nina Simone. Content of course comes out of rap sessions with students.
September 29, 1972 - Candidates for school board form a organization called CURE (Committee United for Responsible Education) to identify candidates, democrates, republicans, and even tea party members, who will uphold their standards of educational best practices.
October 30, 1972 - Grand Rapids, MN School board candidate, Darlene Vobejda talks about why she should be elected to the school board.
February 5, 1973 - Student lobbyists rally against increased tuition. They recommend low-cost, quality education. Also, they are pulling for more financial aide. They currently feel that the budget is anti-education. The group calls themselves the sons and daughters of Minnesota farmers and working men.
March 20, 1973 - The speaker (Holloway?) says the governor reaffirmed his commitment to Right to Read in the state of Minnesota and agreed to try to get some of his colleagues to hear about the program and get involved. She thinks it?s remarkable that the governor of a state can take that kind of interest in the program; he knows about it, he believes in it. Also the State Commissioner of Education is interested in eliminating illiteracy and providing the right to read for all children. She adds it?s obvious when she visited a school today that it?s not just a state level effort. It really is something that filters to the local school and that?s impressive.
March 20, 1973 - Female speaker (Holloway?) says Minnesota has moved far ahead on reading programs and has been able to coordinate resources to focus on a central goal. We want to take the concept from Minnesota and share it with other states, and perhaps learn from them as well. Some outstanding features of the Minnesota model are the ability to coordinate existing resources, and can help other people learn hw to coordinate resources; there?s a multiplier effect. They have been able to get people to commit themselves to placing reading as a priority. very often in federal programs nothing is established as a priority; the priority is determined by the amount of money received. Minnesota has been able to get school districts and superintendents and boards of education to establish the priority first.
April 6, 1973 - A look at the Orff music education system. This air a music educator organization founded in 1968 to promote the philosophy of Carl Orff, German contemporary composer and educator. Promotes children using special instruments to make music their own way. Lynne Wagenholt, a teacher, explains the system. Nat sound of children making noise. Child talks about what he?s learned about instruments and the noise they make. Critics say method too simple for today?s children and special Orff instruments are expensive and excessive.
April 10, 1973 - Bill introduced in MN House that would prohibit busing of school children on the basis of race, creed, religion, national origin, or sex. Bill co-author Bradley Piper (R-Burnsville), says majority of Minnesotans are against busing. The better solution is to upgrade inner city schools and to ?protect the neighborhood schools as we know them?. Co-author Joe Connors (DFL-Fridley) says forces busing creates a threat to freedom of man (bite: welfare of state and nation best served by policy that declares state not distinguish between its citizens on the basis of race in administering its laws) He cited studies since 1966 Coleman report that he said show school integration hinders rather than helps black children, MN Commissioner of Education Howard Casmey says he doesn?t think bill would pass but if it did it would completely negate all work of St. Paul, Mpls and State Board of Education for the past 5 year. (bite: State Board has been collecting data for 5 years, hours of public hearings, thousands of hours of research vs. one presentation this morning for 40 minutes. Can?t conceive of Legislature passing legislation without a great deal more testimony. Also today Mpls/St. Paul public schools celebrate Desegregation Day, Today?s testimony this morning contrary to what is being celebrating, very sad.) Larry Heron Supt of Urban Affairs for Mpls School system, also said if passed the bill would harm progress. Bill referred to subcommittee.
April 11, 1973 - Speaker argues for school programs for talented children, says it?s important despite school districts facing levy limitations and wanting to cut programs. Minnesota is supposed to have one of the finest education systems in the United states but it hasn?t really taken care of one problem. Schools are ignoring talented students. He says that many students who have gone through school system end up dropouts, have behavioral problems, even end up in reformatories or other places.
April 13, 1973 - Minneapolis is one of three cities in Minnesota participating in a grant-funded art enrichment program for schools emphasizing dance and movement. Mary Rae Josephson, State Coordinator for the Minnesota Artists in the Schools, the Dance Component Program, explains how the program works. Children can learn from moving. Minnesota is one of three states in the country that has the program operating in more than one city. Professional dance companies from all over the country come in and work with children. Students in dance class talk about how and why they dance, and what they like about it. Nat sound of teacher talking to students in a class.