Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER V Regulated Attendance

Having determined upon a policy that the immigrant should be educated in the English language and trained in an appreciation and understanding of our government, and having discussed the necessity of selecting and training suitable teachers for this work, the next question which presents itself in providing a completely rounded program of citizenship training is how to get the foreigner to avail himself of the facilities provided.

All sorts of policies of varying degrees of stringency have been and are now being applied in the matter of attendance, from the laissez-fairefattitude of some of the southern states, where the immigrant does not constitute a serious problem, to the legislation of the State of Utah, where the problem is not complex but where compulsory attendance is required for adults up to the age of forty- five or until attaining a knowledge of the English language equivalent to that demanded by the fifth grade of the common schools.

Much is said on both sides of the question of compulsory attendance. Most of the objections, however, are reserved for the compulsion of adults. Compulsion for minors meets little opposition except where it seems impossible to provide the facilities for their training or to enforce any laws which might be passed covering this subject. Citizens do not attain their full civil rights until the age of twenty-one so that legislators appear willing to deny them the rights of deciding upon their schooling until that age, but several instances have been brought to the attention of this Committee of the defeat of bills which have been framed to require the attendance of adults. In fact, Utah is the only state that has succeeded in passing such a law.

In pending legislation in the Federal Congress, dealing with adult immigrant education, the compulsory features have been stricken out. When compulsion is suggested in many circles great opposition is raised on the ground that it is un-American and oppressive, and that it would create suspicion in and be repulsive to many alien adults, especially to those who have suffered from coercive laws in their native land. Of course the creation of such an attitude would not depend entirely upon legislation, but upon the circumstances of its enforcement. The

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Volume IV viii
  • Addendum xviii
  • List of Illustrations xxi
  • General Introduction 2011
  • Section I - Protective Governmental Measures 2015
  • Chapter I 2017
  • Chapter II 2024
  • Chapter III 2075
  • Section II - Organized Labor and Capital and Industrial Problems 2095
  • Introduction 2097
  • Chapter I 2106
  • Chapter II 2133
  • Chapter III 2148
  • Chapter IV 2151
  • Chapter V 2154
  • Chapter VI 2160
  • Chapter VII 2166
  • Chapter VIII 2174
  • Chapter IX 2180
  • Chapter X 2193
  • Chapter XI 2204
  • Chapter XII 2216
  • Chapter XIII 2226
  • Chapter XIV 2238
  • Chapter XV 2244
  • Chapter XVI 2251
  • Section III subsection I - Educational Training for Citizenship 2275
  • Introduction 2279
  • Chapter I 2293
  • Chapter II 2328
  • Chapter III - Teacher Requirements and Teacher Training 2335
  • Chapter IV - Curricula Recommended for Courses of Citizenship Training 2346
  • Chapter V - Regulated Attendance 2350
  • Chapter VI - Appropriations 2356
  • Section III subsection II 2359
  • Chapter I 2361
  • Chapter II 2366
  • Section III subsection III 2411
  • Chapter I 2417
  • Chapter II 2439
  • Chapter III 2564
  • Chapter IV 2569
  • Chapter V 2623
  • Chapter VI 2701
  • Chapter VII 2949
  • Chapter VIII 3018
  • Chapter IX 3052
  • Chapter X 3060
  • Chapter XI 3079
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