Notes On District Officers
MRS. BESSIE S. THOMPSON
PRESIDENT OF THE SECOND DISTRICT K. N. E. A.
Mrs. Bessie S. Thompson of Elizabethtown,
Kentucky, a product of Kentucky State College,
is a classroom teacher in Hardin County, chair-
man of the National Program Committee of the
Kentucky State Alumni Association, and the
proprietor of a cleaning establishment in Eliza-
G. BRISCo HOUSTON
PRESIDENT OF THE FOURTH DISTRICT K. N. E. A.
G. Brisco Houston, a graduate of Lincoln
Institute and Kentucky State College, received
his Master of Science degree from Indiana
University in 1948, is a past president of the
Third District Association, and is now principal
of the Henderson County Consolidated Schools.
Student Participation Through the Student Council
Student participation is the active self-motivated
and responsible sharing of the pupils in the
planning and living of school life under the
guidance and stimulus of the family. Many
educators believe that this can best be done
through the student council. Under no circum-
stances is student participation or self-govern-
ment to be taken to mean complete control of
the school by the pupils.
1. To train for worthy citizenship through
cooperation, self-control, self-reliance,
2. No one council can fit every school.
3. All phases of the school must be given
4. Make sure it is cooperative government
5. The school must feel a need for the
6. Each pupil must be represented.
7. The student should feel his represen-
8. There should be no general restrictions
9. The council must have a definite place
on the school program.
10. The principal implications of democracy
are basic to council purposes.
1. Training for citizenship.
2. To establish better faculty-student and
better student-faculty relationship.
3. To develop an interest in and pride for
4. To promote self-expression and self-
5. To instill the fundamentals of correct
6. To develop good business habits.
Just when student participation began is
unknown. Even the Greeks had it. It has been
handed down to us in various forms.
It is important that we bear in mind that
self-government and pupil participation are
two different things. Under no circumstances
is the pupil to govern himself. The government
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