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ERIC Number: ED543556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1949
Pages: 61
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
School in the Hospital. Bulletin, 1949, No. 3
Mackie, Romaine P.; Fitzgerald, Margaret
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
For many years, there have been schools or classes for child patients in hospitals here and there in the United States, but even today this service is far from adequate. It is probable that thousands of hospitalized children are having no schooling at all while they are in these institutions and it is certain that many existing hospital classes do not meet the needs of the children. Even though the physical condition of patients in the hospital may improve, there tends to be a deterioration of the entire personality if opportunity for social and emotional growth is not provided. Education of physically handicapped children wherever they are is becoming a widely accepted responsibility of the public schools. In the case of hospitalized children, this responsibility is shared with the administrator of the hospital. In order to make the program adequate, both in extent and quality, there is need for: public recognition of the importance of education in hospitals; understanding of the function of the various contributing agencies; adequate and suitable school space in hospital buildings; and teachers qualified both by personality and training to conduct such programs. Developments are taking place along all of these lines, but much more needs to be done. This bulletin has been prepared in the hope that it will stimulate school superintendents, hospital administrators, parents, and laymen to work for an educational program in every hospital where there are children of school age, and provide practical suggestions to help teachers meet the problems of the day. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)