Dave Neff Aces POD

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Under Construction

The major course in social studies at Rosecrans was the Problems of Democracy Class, or POD for short. It was not a quantitative subject like Algebra or Chemistry where there was only one right answer. 

POD presented various viewpoints on historical events as seen through an historical lens as interpreted by a particular author or editor. POD created mixed reactions among the students as illistrated in this article in the January-February 1955 edition of the Rosecrans Observer.

Students Appraise Democracy Course

P. O. D.! Have you wondered what it is? Why it is simply an abbreviation for Problems of Democracy. What do the senior think of it ? Well, read the following and you will see.

Mary Ann Synan says "It helps me understand the rights and duties as a citizen of this beautiful country of ours." Kay Wallar maintains, "It helps me to have a more advanced appreciation for those in authority and to realize what it means to be able to express my feelings in whatever I choose."

Martha Mattingly stated, "I have learned my place as a citizen, my rights, and corresponding obligations." Chuck Core feels that it has shown us why the Church has the right to speak in government affairs and problems and also that it prepares us for becoming the future leaders in America.

Mike Parentice gives his definition as "it is the realization and respect for man, not only ours, but the rights of the individual." Donna Greten stated, "I do believe f'hat when I reach the age of twentyone, I will be able to vote intelligently through my study of P.O.D." Alfred Durant reports, "Other than being somewhat boring and repetitious, it is a very instructive work." "Although the thought of having to take P.O.D. 'irked' me and I'm sure many others, I think that will be of great value to us when we cast our votes at the polls", decides Rose Marie Joseph.

It has given Mary Prestanski a greater appreciation of her government. Marilyn Smith declares, "Here is all the history analysis of politics and general, information that I need." Pat Flood thinks "It directly presents facts and ideas for citizens to live by, after careful consideration.'

 Well it develops that Dave Neff had his own unique view of POD.  Here's his story as told by Chuck Mattingly.



                                             Dave Neff
                                                               (In POD Class?)