NEW YORK (Sep. 9)
The Ford Foundation today informed the American Jewish Committee here that it has granted $50,000 for the project of bringing German educators to the United States to study American methods of civic and social education.
The program of education for democracy for West German youth was initiated by the American Jewish Committee in 1959 following extensive conferences with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and other West German Government and educational leaders. Cooperating in the program has been the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt and the Institute of International Education in the United States. Dr. Max Horkheimer, eminent social scientist and educator, is director of the Institute in Germany, and represents the American Jewish Committee.
Through the Ford Foundation grant, it will be possible for the teams of West German educators to come to this country twice, instead of once, a year in order to study American educational methods. This is part of a stepped up program under the initiative of the American Jewish Committee, of extending civic and social education throughout the West German school system.
Since the program was first initiated four years ago, five groups of German educators have visited the United States–each group for a period of two months and traveled through various regions of the country to learn at first hand American educational methods.