I Editorial Comment I
TWO OFFICIALS PASS AWAY
The Kentucky Negro Education Association mourns the passing
of two of its official family, Mrs. Elizabeth G. Clark and Mr. J. D.
Stewart, who, as historian and auditor respectively, have given years
of efficient and valuable service to the organization. Each passed
suddenly; one tragically. Each had many friends among the teachers
and citizens of our Commonwealth. Too, each will be missed by
the K. N. E. A.
The "first day of school" this year was an un-usual occasion for
thirty-two of Kentucky's teachers, well known to the K. N. E. A.
membership. For years, in some cases over half century, it had meant
to these teachers a return to eager boys and girls, anxious to know
what the opening day would hold for them. Often they were the
children of those who, years before, had presented themselves to the
same teachers for instruction and guidance.
Many had seen great changes in schools and their offerings. They
had seen the little red schoolhouse replaced by a modern building.
Or perhaps the little red school house had merely been painted white,
and the crude benches replaced by more comfortable furniture. Some
had known the inconvenience of spending each week with a different
patron, and of receiving his pay in farm produce. All had seen the
purpose of education shift from mere instruction in the three R's to
an attempt to prepare youngsters to live happily and productively
in a complex and constantly changing world.
Doubtless a few eyes were dimmed with tears as retired teachers
saw their former charges move toward the school house. They were
reluctant to leave to others the careers they had earnestly sought to
direct. But as the writer has chanced to meet the former educators,
they seemed to him to be happy, their faces more free of care and
responsibility than heretofore, and their interests centered on Various
activities which busy school lives had crowded aside.
The members of the retired group have given splendid service
some of it at least, has been outstanding. The patterns established
in the lives of those they taught will persist. These teachers have
earned, and richly deserve, the right to enjoy life leisurely while
health and strength remain.
1943 THEME: EDUCATION FOR VICTORY
EDUCATION FOR VICTORY has been decided upon as the theme
for emphasis in the departmental and general sessions of the K. N.
E. A. t the annual- meeting to-be. held April 1447, 1943. It was se-