College News and Departmental Notes: Department of Physical Education
by Departmental notes - 1917
A publication which should be of considerable value and interest to all teachers, school administrators, and others concerned with the public health, is the twenty-four page pamphlet, "Health of Teachers," written by Dr. Thomas D. Wood, professor of physical education in Teachers College, and chairman of the Commission on the Welfare of Teachers. This Commission worked under the direction of the New York State Teachers' Association and Dr. Wood's pamphlet constitutes the "brief report" made to the Association. The objects of the investigation were: to collect data relative to the health, and living and teaching conditions of teachers in New York State; to call attention to undesirable conditions which may lower the efficiency of teachers; to ascertain the opinions of teachers and supervisors regarding these matters; and to propose measures which may improve the welfare and efficiency of the teaching body. The answers to these problems were obtained from questionnaires sent to both teachers and supervisors, and the result is an interesting compilation which includes such topics as health disorders of teachers, comparisons of rural and urban teachers, teaching conditions, boarding facilities, inadequate salaries, and pensions. There is also a constructive program of recommendations for the betterment of these conditions and for the general welfare of teachers.
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