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Report from Russia E-W Zeebox dean of the summer session at the University of Minnesota and 10 other university faculty members recently completed a 30 day 9000 mile trip to the Soviet Union. The trip was financed by a grant from the Hill family foundation of St. Paul. While in Russia Dean Ziebart interviewed his colleagues and obtained their first hand impressions for this program. Now here is Dean Zeba. Bharath reporting from the Soviet Union. With me here today a doctor who is a distinguished and associate dean of the University of Minnesota and currently with the National Science Foundation in Washington. Doctor along with some of the completed about and I had my trip in the Soviet Union we've come back from here in Siberia and he had an opportunity to study education and to look at kind of a laboratory to make something at least
study progress. In the general field of education I want to begin with a fairly general question about these observations and ask you to make any preliminary comments you care to and then if you'll permit me to I'd like to shoot the specific question that you are striking characteristic. Education. The education and the actual. Education interrupted and working in a factory. Like a step. Presenting her side manner
but not standing. If you dating a point. To do. One fix around that. Again. The teacher was a very young. She had acquired the same topics presented in the same manner by this young teacher with the same text and the same notation. He would have found teaching in the same way that this uniformity is breaking which a number. This.
Country. Leaves me a little bit from the general education question which a great many Americans would like to add an opportunity to visit a great many scientific laboratory opportunity counterpart professors and people in the field of physics and chemistry chemistry. I'm sure that the United States reaction to the quality of course to the quality of the research
which utilizes would you be willing to make any kind of careful instruction. Mission. The equipment in the laboratory. They're better anyway much better than you have seen anyplace. I mean anybody can dream. I just wonder. Like. Anybody. Good good.
If you care to take care of course of the physical tension proportionate attention to the likely to be that you haven't had an opportunity to examine it carefully. Equipment likely to be equally good. Whatever facilities in the humanities equally good. To our. Little I have seen
haven't made many changes in. Years and in fact they do not always have the newest equipment. Good they also have a book that gauges a great many discussions with both students and faculty throughout the Soviet Union under something of the questions you raised with them and you have already indicated by implication at least some of the answers which you have. What sort of questions did they raise with you. Everyplace. Pained by. The fact that our student has played in the Soviet Union I was asked by staff members how much. Caucus to go to school.
Students are given a damn to go pay the. Teacher and the student in every case when they get an opportunity to question me and I always gave that opportunity. Ask about. The question regarding the reality program. Every student takes the same courses in chemistry physics and math in every special interest special may be in the university. So isn't the major power a rather fixed program. We gave some choice she said. All we can do is look at the time.
We have no choice in the examination of the educational system in the scientific laboratory determining education and direction toward emphasizing. Education system to train our people. We have to learn to leave. I must make an exception. The thing from the undergraduate to the graduate to year would also be very brief but if.
They are stressing now taking. Quite a few practicality the interest of the art. Do you think in the Soviet Union they do not have a complete program such as we have in colleges and off they go. Every practice which we hear neglect of the arts. Thank you very much
and a good discussion back in the United States about the adequacy of our own educational system by which a good many people mean that scientific training has been effective and it should be. We should examine the Soviet system. Do you think that there are things here which we might study to our advantage and which we might even adopt that it. Carefully consider adoption. I think there are given very. Good to go.
In handling mining machinery laboratories. I think they have because again. Electromechanical. Would be the first American. Shops to train people. Throughout the nation. Perhaps we should look something like this. We have about a minute and a half remaining and I'd like to ask you the question which must be the despair of anybody who is being interviewed difficult to handle.
But I should like to conclude by giving any general impression you care to in any way you wish. I wonder whether you share the impression which colleagues that this nation to an incredible and comprehensible being dedicated to the education members of it. Completely educational program has one of the highest in the primary OF THE NATION. We are now in the central planning country. Russian people two generations have a condition to one in which seven to 10 years for the additional year. Which
we have a combination. I would like education. I certainly hope you can and I want very much to come with you if you'll permit me to run the reporting from Moscow and the Soviet Union our guest Dr. J Devaney book professor associate dean of the University of Minnesota and currently with the National Science Foundation in Washington. Thanks for coming in to chat about these. You heard the E-W Zeebox dean of the summer session at the University of Minnesota in another recorded report from Russia. Another report will be heard next week at this time. This series is edited by station KUNM University of Minnesota. The programs are distributed to the station through the
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Report from Russia
Dr. J.W. Buchta
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E.W. Ziebarth speaks to Dr. J.W. Buchta about the time he has spent in the Soviet Union.
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E.W. Ziebarth, Dean of the summer session at University of Minnesota, and ten other faculty members embarked upon a month-long trip through the Soviet Union. Ziebarth interviewed his peers about their thoughts on the trip.
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Host: Ziebarth, E. W. (Elmer William), 1910-
Interviewee: Buchta, J.W.
Producing Organization: National Association of Educational Broadcasters
Producing Organization: KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.)
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