Hadassah Urges Federal Aid to Schools; Separates Parochial Schools

Hadassah today called upon Congress “to reconsider legislation designed to make available to the states the funds required “to provide public schooling of a quality necessary to meet the educational aims of a great democracy.” The action was taken by 1,500 delegates at Hadassah’s 47th national convention here.

In a special resolution, Hadassah asserted its belief “that it is the duty of a democratic government to make available free and compulsory schooling for every citizen so that he may fulfill his maximum potentialities as an individual and as a member of a democratic society.” The public school system’s in various states of the United States are facing unprecedented financial needs and Federal aid for education is therefore indicated,” the resolution said.

“Hadassah believes that legislation to make such Federal aid available should be considered solely on its own merits and should not be tied to any other educational issue, such as the needs of parochial or private schools, which must be considered on their own merits, the resolution stressed. “Accordingly, Hadassah urges the Congress of the United States to reconsider legislation designed to make available to the states the funds required to provide public schooling of a quality necessary to meet the educational aims of a great democracy.”

Dr. Kalman J. Mann, director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, told the convention that the Hadassah Medical Organization and the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School shortly will initiate full courses in medicine for students from Asian and African countries to enable them to cope with health problems in the newly emerging states.

Dr. Mann, an international public health authority, said: “We must be missionaries in the field of health because we are heirs to the medical heritage of the West. We can make an inestimable contribution to the Afro-Asian peoples by transmitting to them the knowledge and the techniques that are the hallmarks of that heritage. This we can do by enabling physicians and medical students to observe our practice of medicine, to benefit from our medical education and to participate in our medical research.”

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