TV Guide (June 18, 1955)

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Television cameras watch a third-grade class and teacher at work. A Real Payoff The Prize On This TV Quiz Show Is A School Principal’s Job New York teachers by the hundreds, 720 to be exact, took over a high school auditorium recently to watch a TV show—probably the most impor¬ tant one they ever saw. Being tele¬ vised over a closed circuit were rou¬ tine sessions in two grade-school classes. The audience was to observe, spot teachers’ errors, write reports. It was all part of an examination for the 720, who aspire to be prin¬ cipals of New York schools. In pre¬ vious years, candidates had gone, in groups of 20, to individual classrooms to make the observations on which they were graded. Under the old sys¬ tem, classrooms were disrupted and $12,000 spent to hire substitutes for the candidates’ own classes. Cost of the TV test was $4500, shared by the Board of Education and WCBS-TV. Observing over closed circuit are teachers who want to be principals.