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March 8, 1947

THE HEALTH CHALLENGE OF OUR SCHOOLS

JAMA. 1947;133(10):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880100040010
Abstract

Manifest unrest prevails in the field of education in the United States. Teachers' strikes and threatened strikes, pupils' strikes, surveys of school systems and widespread public discussion indicate that there are real problems to be solved in American education. Educational facilities surely need improvement. However, the most immediate problem is insufficient money for payment of teachers.

An increasing shortage of teachers threatens because of abandonment of the teaching profession in favor of better paid occupations. Moreover, new recruits to the profession are few because of the poor inducements offered in existing positions. The shortage of teachers has resulted and will continue to result in increased burdens for the teacher, deteriorating quality of available teachers and steady deterioration in the quality of education received by the students.

In many places local funds are insufficient to provide adequate educational standards. Several bills have been introduced into the Congress to procure federal money

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