During the twenty‐one years that have passed since the American Association of Physics Teachers was first organized, there has been a constantly increasing demand for the services of physicists qualified to do research in university, government, and industrial laboratories, and thus a corresponding increase in the need for qualified teachers of physics to train students. The importance of high teaching standards in the physics field as a basic condition for the training of physicists of the calibre required in modern research has nowhere been recognized more fully than within the physics teachers' own professional organization.

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