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ERIC Number: ED028530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 7
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Report on a National Survey of Secondary School Principals on the Nature and Extent of Student Activism.
Trump, J. Lloyd; Hunt, Jane
Student activism is the subject of the hour. Three out of five principals surveyed report some form of active protest in their schools. Questionnaires sent to a random sample of 1,982 junior and senior high school principals throughout the U.S. show that 67% of city and suburban schools and 53% of rural schools are experiencing protests. Protest is almost as likely to occur in junior high as in high schools. The greatest percentage of complaints are against various school regulations, with dress and hair requirements heading the list. Only one-fourth of the schools, usually large- and medium-size senior high schools in suburban or big-city locations, have experienced activism in current political areas such as race relations, the peace movement, or the draft. The instructional program came up for criticism in 45% of the schools, about evenly distributed among junior and senior high schools in all parts of the nation. Teachers in 35% of all schools are actively protesting their working conditions and salary levels. Respondents from every type of community and kind of school felt that there was a growing need for new channels of communication among pupils, administrators, parents, and teachers. They believe that getting to know each other is the heart of the matter. (TT)
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Note: Paper presented to the National Assn. of Secondary School Principals (San Francisco, Calif., March 1-5, 1969).