1966 - Educational Television in American Samoa

1966:


The Governor of American Samoa to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ended June 30th.   1966 Annual Report,
H. Rex Lee (Dem)
 U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.


 

Fiscal year 1966 was the second year of operation for American Samoa’s bold new instructional television system. It was a year not without problems and frustrations (which accompany any innovation), yet it was a year of seeing dreams become reality.
 
The fiscal year reinforced other early indications that the ETV project was no novelty but a permanent, effective means of bringing quality education to the young and old of the territory. …(budget, Leone High School – second high school) Six channels for the purpose of education… The violent hurricane that struck the Samoan Islands on January 29 and 30…caused severe damage to homes and crops in the territory, but schools and education facilities suffered minimum damage. (Lee, 1966: pp 14-20).
 
…In April 1966, George Pittman tested grades 5 and 6 in two consolidated elementary schools and compared the results to those of the same test given to youngsters in one of the larger village schools, where instructional television had not yet been introduced. The test consisted of 82 items representing basic features of English. Children in the village school scored an average of 33 correct responses out of a possible 82; children in the 2 television schools averaged 63.5 out of a possible 82. (Lee, 1966: p. 20)
 
Teacher Training: One of the Department of Education’s major goals is to upgrade the teaching effectiveness of the Samoan classroom teacher. Experienced teachers improve themselves on the job, work with stateside principals, and participate in inservice training workshops. The primary responsibility for teacher training, however, falls upon the Feleti Memorial Teacher Training School. All students at this 2-year school are high school graduates, and they receive a small stipend while enrolled in the school. In return, they must agree to remain in American Samoa and teach school for at least 2 years after graduation… (ibid, p 21).
 

"They worked hard to let the pupils know how important a good education is."

Jack Logoai, President, Freshman Class


 

 

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