THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1952
SUNDAY. MAY 4, 1952
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ELIGION IN EDUCATION:
Officials Review Released Time Plan
(Continued from page 1)
By HARRY LUNN
Ann Arbor public schools had a
leased time religious training
rogram until such plans were
upposedly totally outlawed a few
ears ago, but administrators are
ivided over whether the program
hould be reinstated now that the
The Student Religion Committee
ook the first step toward the
,doption of a new Department of
Zeligion at the University when it
rot the "go ahead" signal from
inn Arbor student chaplains in a
neeting last Friday at the Union.
This approval came in the form
f a motion made by the Rev.
Iruce Cook, student chaplain of
It. Andrew's Episcopal Church. A
mnanimous. passage was included
a the move: "We give our general,
,ough not unqualified, support
Ed thanks to the student com-
nittee on religion and suggest that
here be included in, the report
hat it be urged a coordinator of
eligious studies is the first and
BACKING THE Student Reli-
ion Committee report on the cre-
tion of a Department of Religion,
he student chaplains discussed
he project extensively before the
inal motion was made, according
o Alan Berson, '52, head of the
itudent Religion Committee.
Included in the groups repre-
sented were student pastors from
ten Ann Arbor churches: Luth-
eran, Reform Church, Roman
Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist,
Jewish, Presbyterian, Baptist,
and other Protestant sects.
Next action on the student pro-
osed plan for a University Reli-
ion Committee will come Tuesday
vhen the report .goes before the
itudent Religious Association for
Supreme Court has declared such
According to city school super-
intendent Otto W. Haisley, the
program was conducted for three
or four years by the local Council
of Churches. Each child in the
fifth and sixth grades was excused
from school an hour a week to
take religious work in the church
of his choice.
AFTER THE Supreme Court
ruled unconstitutional in 1948 a
Champaign, Ill., program of reli-
gious training to various sectarian
groups on school property during
"released time, city and state
schools thought their instruction
plans were illegal and suspended
them at that time.
However, on the basis of last
week's ruling by the Supreme
Sen. Blair Moody will discuss
political parties and foreign pol-
icy when he appears in a special
interview feature of the University
Television Hour at 1 p.m. today on
In addition to Moody's talk with
Prof. Marshall Knappen, of the
political science department, Prof.
Samuel Eldersveld will lecture on
election administration and will
have Prof. James Miller of Michi-
gan State College as his guest for
the regular political parties tele-
Court, it appears that the city
plan was legal after all, since
it was administered outside of
Haisley said he believed child-
ren "got a good deal out of the old
program." He maintained that
the school's function could not in-
clude sectarian training, but said
such instruction could be handled
by individual churches through the'
released time system. "We are
working on spiritual and moral
values within the schools," Haisjey
* * *
HIS COMMENT was echoed by
school principal Harold Logan'
who is also vice-president of the
Ann Arbor Council of Churches.
"We are unanimously in favor of
re-emphasizing the moral and
spiritual values which made our
country strong," Logan said.
"There is a definite need for this
instruction within the schools."
"We talk about religion, but
not religious sects," he contin-
ued. "We teach the Bible as lit-
erature, but not as a religious
According to Logan, the success
of the city released time plan de-;
pended on the proximity of each;
school to churches. At the time of
the program's inception, he noted,
there was quite a bit of contro-
versy over its effect on the rela-
tionship between church and state.
"I doubt if we can say definitely
at this time whether it will be re-
instated," he said.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS revealed3
that participation in the program
varied from school to school, but1
during the 1946-1947 period the
overall average of fifth and sixth
grade students taking part in the
program was 42 per cent.
Older students were more in-
terested in religious training, it
was learned. Forty-nine per cent
of sixth grade students availed
themselves of the opportunity
for sectarian teaching compared
to 36 per cent of the fifth grad-
ers who participated.
Individual school averages. ran
anywhere from 11 per cent to 60
per cent for both grades. One prin-
cipal who had low student par-
ticipation attributed it to student
interest in school projects. "They
were always afraid they would
miss something here," she said.
* * *
IT WAS FELT by several offi-
cials that the plan detracted from
the general school program. As one
teacher pointed out, when child-
ren are excused for religious in-
struction, the remaining pupils
must still be taught something.
"We cannot begin new work,"
the teacher said, "because it
would necessitate repeating in-
struction for the pupils who
missed class for religious train-
Summing the whole problem up,
one administrator said "We want
what the public wants for their
children, but we think religious in-
struction does more damage to the
school program than it benefits
pupils, and we have found that
participation depends on student
interest in the competing school
On the other side of the picture,
several local churchmen expressed
predominant views of religious
leaders. "The released time plan is
a good idea," one said. 'since it
gives students a chance to get some
religious training which cannot be
taught in schools."
"The church is in favor of it,"
another affirmed, "it does not be-
lieve such a program is a viola-
tion of the separation of church
and state principle."
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Topic suggestions for the
President's speech during the
Hatcher Convication to be held
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ministration nevertheless contin-
ued to press for an agreement be-
tween the two contending parties.
Most of yesterday, and for
nearly four hours last night,
President Philip Murray of the
CIO and the nation's top steel-
men argued terms in the White
Then, shortly before 11 p.m.,
the weary and haggard negotia-
tors broke up their session until
9 a.m. today.
The whole deadlock appeared
unbroken. Joseph Short, Presi-
dential Press Secretary, told re-
porters he could give them no
hint of progress.
Newsmen crowded around CIO
President Murray. Did he expect
any trouble in the steel mills?
Would there be another strike?
"I don't care to talk about
strikes tonight," Murray said.
THE LATEST developments
caught steelworkers by surprise.
In Pittsburgh, Walter W. Klis,
president of a big USW local at
the Pittsburgh works of Jones
and Laughlin Steel Corp., de-
"I don't know what will happen
now. We're just standing by,
awaiting word from Murray. In
the meantime our maintenance
workers are preparing for full
scale production. Maybe I'm wrong
but I have a hunch Murray and
the industry are getting close to
a settlement. But that's just a
Meanwhile, Great Lakes Steel
Co. at Detroit and the union set-
tled their differences over the re-
turn to work movement. Geat
Lakes had balked yesterday-de-
manding assurance of uninterrup-
ted productin. Thomas Shane,
district union director, said the
company's 11,000 workers would
resume production within 48 hours.
Prof. Arthur B. Moehlman of
the School of Education, a noted
teacher of school administration
and supervision, died in Naples,
Fla. .of a coronary thrombosis, it
was learned yesterday.
Prof. Moehlman was 63 years old
when he died.
HE WAS THE 'author of numer-
ous research bulletins in the field
of education and, from 1932 to
1948, was editor of "The Nation's
Schools," an outstanding school
administration journal. He has
written nine widely read books on
A graduate of Detroit Eastern
High School, Prof. Moehlman
received his Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1921 and Doctor of
Philosophy degree in 1923 from
the University and a Master of
Arts degree from Cornell in
He was a fellow of AAAS, a
member of the National Education
Association, the Michigan Educa-
tion Association, American Educa-
tional Research Association and
American Personnel Research As-
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With BERNIE BERMAN
PRESIDENT TRUMAN took the
.ation's televiewers on a guided
our of the White House yesterday,
ointing out many historical fea-
ures and the changes made as a
esult of the remodeling of the
Had color TV been available it
vould have been quite a show.
*' . *
TV CAMERAS will invade the
irookhaven National Laboratories
>day to witness experiments with
.ew radioactive isotopes and
their application to the advance-
ment of medicine. This marks the
first time a telecast has originated
from an atomic energy installa-
* * .
DREW PEARSON starts his new
television news program at 10 p.m.
today. He"has concluded his radio
series. Pearson is a featured edi-
torial columnist for The Daily.
* * *
SEVEN LEADING Republican
legislators will present "The Case
for a Republican Congress" this
afternoon on radio and TV. This
is the first in a series of pre-con-
vention political programs 'under
the title "Mats in the Ring." The
following week the Democratic
case will be reviewed.
* * *S
THE CHANGE in the East to
daylight time, has advanced the
schedule of the network television
programs one hour here. As a re-
sult local TV outlets have been
showing an increased number of
old movies to fill in the popular
10 to 11 p.m. period. If they were
good films, no one would care..
The 1052 Marriage Lecture
Series will get underway at 8 p.m.
tomorrow in Rackham Lecture
Hall with a talk on "The Anat*
omy and Physiology of Reproduc-
tion" by Dr. Allan C. Barnes of
Ohio State University.
Persons who have not yet pro-
curred tickets for the series will
be able to buy them from 7:30p.m.
tomorrow until the start of the lec-
ture at the Rackham Bldg. The
cost of the entire series is $1.50.
Two fire alarms from the cam-
pus helped keep the Ann Arbor
Fire Department on the go yes-
Firemen spent twenty minutes
extinguishing a shingle fire on the
roof of the Gamma Phi Beta
house. The shingles were ignited
by sparks from the bonfire of a
neighboring sorority, according to
the Fire Department. No estimate
of the damage has been made.
The second alarm came from
students who smelled smoke in an
office of the music school. Fire-
men rushed to the scene, but were
unable to find a fire.
DR. BARNES, head of the ob-
stetrics and gynecology depart-
ment at OSU, will stress the medi-
cal aspects of marriage in his
speeches tomorrow night and also
Tuesday night, when he will dis-
cuss "The Medical Basis for Sane
In an evaluation of the speak.
ers .on last year's series, Dr.
Barnes received the top rating
from people attending the lec-
tures. Following t o m o r r o w
night's lecture, he will show a
movie entitled "Human Repro-
duction." A question and answer
period will follow his speech on
Next week, Prof..Ernest G. Os-
borne of the education school at
Columbia University will delve into
the psychological aspects of mar-
riage. His topic will be "Psycholo-
gical Factors in Marriage." Round-
ing out the series will be a talk
on the sociological problems en-
titled "How to Get Married and
Stay Married." Dr. Evelyn M. Du-
vall, past executive secretary and
past president of the National
Council on Family Relations, will
deliver the lecture.
The Marriage Lecture Series is
sponsored by the Student Religious
Association, Student Legislature,
The Daily, League and Union.
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