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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 6. May 28, 1947

Also the Teachers

Also the Teachers

—I quote from a survey on the state of education in America taken from the New York "Times" (February 10, 1947).

Twelve major strikes have taken place since September, and many more are being threatened.

Teachers get an average of 37 dollars a week today. Two hundred thousand get less that twenty-five dollars weekly (sixty dollars a week is considered nearer a basic wage). Three hundred and fifty thousand teachers have left the American schools since 1940. One of every seven teachers today is serving on an emergency sub-standard certificate. Six thousand schools will be closed because of lack of teachers (there are nearly seventy thousand vacancies in the schools of the Nation today). Seventy-five thousand children will have no schooling during the year.

And what is the attitude of Americans in general towards this situation, towards unionism in general? Let me quote one, a man of University education and high intelligence:

"The employers use dirty tactics; the unions are fighting them and could be a terrific force for good—they liavo already done a lot towards improving conditions—hut they are indulging far too much in dirty politics, and in that respect are no whit removed from the people they arts opposing."

And that seems the general opinion of the average American, either that or they just don't care. "They shore got him, didn't they!"