The story of the Springfield Plan

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Reviews the book, The story of the Springfield Plan by By Clemence Chatto and Alice L. Halligan (1945). In 1939, the superintendent of the Springfield, Massachusetts, schools appointed a committee. Teachers, principals, and supervisors from all levels of the schools were its members. They were selected apparently on the basis of their strong interest in what they were to do: to prepare plans for the extension and development of work in intergroup and citizenship education already begun by some individual teachers. “The Story of the Springfield Plan” is a report to the general public of how, during five years, the plans were worked out and put into effect. The story is told with pride, modesty, and enthusiasm. If the atmosphere of the book reflects at all accurately the social atmosphere of the Springfield school system and community, a great deal has been achieved in actualizing our democratic ideals. The evaluation of the program is presented largely in terms of illustrative instances of desirable behavior patterns and in terms of the opinions of prominent citizens. Systematic and quantitative evidence of changed attitudes and behavior are, however, almost entirely lacking. If such evidence has been secured, it is unfortunate that it has not been presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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