NcLson On Education Is Grade-Skipping Good Or Bad? By LESLIE J. NASON Professor of Education, USC To skip, or not to skip? Some school administrators shudder at the question. Not that it is good or bad. It's just a matter of too many strong opinions. Someone will object either way. The most common objection seems to be that if Johnny is skipped a grade he w i 1 miss fundn mentals a n this will handi cap him in th< future. The Of NASON er side presents evidence that most fundamentals are^repcated year after year. They point out that if he is good enough to skip, he is already ahead. A little help from the teacher will solve the problem quickly. Equally common is the objection that placing a child ahead for a year will put him with an older group of children. This, it is said, will tend to make him a social misfit. "Silly," says the other side, Most classes cover a two • year age spread without trouble. Besides, if the child will be a misfit in one class he was probably a misfit in the other. Normally, he is thinking more like the' older group than the younger. As an alternative, people who object to acceleration recommend that the regular class program be "enriched" for the gifted. So do we all. This means broadening the learnings suggested by the course of study. Unfortunately, it also means, "Don't teach him anything he'll get next year." Oth- erwise, the next teacher will have all kinds of problems. This enrichment idea sounds good. It also works very well, especially for some subjects. In social studies and reading it is possible to work out an individual program in the subject that allows for real progress. Not so easy is the arithmetic problem. Mastery of both fundamentals and concepts up to grade level leaves little to be done without interfering with the next year's work. It takes an outstanding teacher to widen the program without overstepping the bounds. The problem- of enrichment lies in the preparation of materials. Teachers are busy people. To develop an individual program for several children each day can be time-consuming. It can become so demanding that either en- the regular program or the richment program will suffer. Most educators approve of both enrichment and acceleration. They understand that classrooms are geared to the "average" and those who move fast need things to keep and hold their interest. They also agree that the fastest- moving need the opportunity to advance as fast as they are, able. They rightly insist, however, that if a child is to skip a grade it should be a well-planned move. The decision should be the result, of conferences and agreements involving teachers, administrators, counselors and parents. All should agree that the child will have fewer problems in the higher grade. There are methods that will smooth the way for the advancement. If the move is to be made during the year it can be made easier by permitting the child to work ahead, especially in arithmetic. This can be done by the classroom teacher, but might be easier if the child is transferred to an ungraded room, If the decision is made at the end of the school year, the catching-up process can be made easier through summer classes. Every child has the right to develop to his highest potential. Each does so at his own rate of speed. If, through acceleration, he is able to complete his education and make his contributions to society at an earlier age and .-.still be happy, he should have that right. (You may send questions to Dr. Nason in care of this paper. However, he will be able to discuss only those of general interest in his articles.) Hal Boyle Rainbow In Room For Two In Love NEW YORK (AP)-It was raining outside their small apartment, and she felt nervous. "I'm not kidding about the divorce—this time I really am going through with it," said Ella. "The way you acted at the party last night! What were you trying to celebrate so hard?" "Never mind," said Tom. "If you want the divorce, you can have it. I'll give you half my salary. What'll we do about the bank account?" "There's only $12 left in it," replied Ella. "Okay," said Tom. "It's yours. Now what'll we do about the things in the apartment?" Ella looked at him uncertainly for a moment, then said decisively: "Let's divide them—since you're being so nice about the money. You choose first." "Okay, I'll take your twin bed; h's more comfortable." "Big man!" said Ella. "I'll take the other bed. Shall we divide the dressers—you take yours, I'll take mine? Right? Now it's your choice." Item by item they went through the house, dividing things. When the furniture had all been divided, they started on the wedding presents, the dishes, the silverware, the pots and pans. Then they got down to the things in the kitchen cabinet. He got the salt shaker and the cinnamon, she got the pepper shaker and the nutmeg. Finally there was nothing left in the cabinet but a box of rice. "You take it," said Ella. "You may need it to throw at your next wedding." "No, I want to be completely fair about this," said Tom. Grain by grain, he methodically divided the rice into "his" and "her" piles, saying as he did so, "She loves me—she loves me not" "Well, that was certainly a silly performance,' said Ella, when he finished. "I guess that winds it up." "No," said Tom. "There's one thing left—and I don't see just how we can divide it." "What do you mean?" "Well, you were so upset when you came home from the doctor's yesterday, that I went down to the corner and called him, and he told me he was pretty sure that—" "I didn't want to tell you because he wasn't exactly certain," said Ella, "and we both wanted this so much, and—" "When I talked to him he seemed pretty sure," said Tom. "Is that what you were celebrating last night?" asked Ella. "What else?" Ella leaned over the table and pushed the two piles of rice together into one big pile. Then she walked to the window. "Oh, Tom!" she cried. "It's stopped raining. Come quick. Guess what I see!" As he moved toward her in love, Tom didn't have to guess. He could feel the rainbow in the room. Worked On Fallout Protection AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands (AP)—A Soviet chemist, whose defection to the West brought on an airport brawl between the So viet ambassador and Dutch police said today he had been engagec in research on how to overcome the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings. Police quoted him as saying he defected because he lacked free dom to carry on this research Golub, a doctor in biochemistry was quoted by a police spokesman as saying he was seeking asylum because he lacked professiona! freedom. He was quoted as saying he was KANSAN HELD — Roger Ranney, 26, of Chanute, Kan., in handcuffs, is accompanied by a Greek policeman in Piraeus, Greece, where he is on trial on charges of killing two Greek seamen, scuttling a launch, possessing firearms and forging documents. He was arrested last Nov. 29 when he applied for a visa to leave Greece. Police charge that on Nov. 21 he hired two sailors and a boat to cruise nearby islands. Police said that on his arrival at the island of Poros, the same day, he had seamen help him change the name of the boat and forge new ship documents. The seamen have not been seen again. engaged in important research on "how to remove strontium out of the human body without affecting the vital element, calcium," but his superiors made him give up the research for other work. Strontium is one of the elements from nuclear fallout. It concentrates in the marrow of bones and is the chief worry of scientists concerned with the effects of nuclear explosions in the atmosphere on the health of human beings. Pomona News w.s.cs Begins Study Series By MARY HUDELSON The Pomona Methodist W.S.C.S. began a series of four study classes in the missionary field on Tuesday, Oct. 10. All classes will be on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The first class covered "Edge of the Edge", by Theodore E. Matson, with Mrs. Merle Montague as the leader. Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Trow- i bridge, Fannie Kraus, Mr. and | Mrs. E. J. Neeley, and Mr. and i Mrs. Albert Swallow attended j Sunday evening services at the j First Methodist Church in Ottawa to hear Bishop Dawson speak about the life and work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. ?.nd Mrs. Ralph Johnson were Mr. and Mrs. Wal- :er Johnson; Mrs. Lynn Bryan, Peyton, Colo.; Mr. and M r s Dave Triplett and Shirley, and | Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hendricks. j Mr. and Mrs. Keith Nitcher and family of Lawrence were invited but unable to be there because of illness in the family. Florence Cain, Kansas City, Mo., arrived Saturday for a short visit at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. 0. Cain, and brother, and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Cain. She is employed as bookkeeper at the Hotel Dixon in Kansas City. Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Cain entertained at dinner for his sister and Mrs. Lynn Bryan. Word has been received that Mrs. Elsie Collins is feeling much better. She is still at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Dodd, 226 East 10th, Newton, where she was taken in August. Cards and letters may be sent to her at the above address. Last week Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louk gave a dinner party at their home for Major D. F. Engle, Mrs. Engle and children of Eglin, AFB, Florida. Major Engle is a nephew of Mrs. Louk. Other guests were Major Engle's mother, Mrs. James Dalton, Phoenix, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. Francis Burns, and Mrs. Jack Brewer and children of Melvern. After a 2-week's visit with relatives and friends, Mrs. Lynn Bryan left on Monday morning for her home at Peyton, Colo. She intended to stop Monday evening at Leoti to stay overnight with her sister, Mrs. Lizzie Tomberlin. During the week she was entertained at the Dave Tripletts, Kenneth Bowmans, James Lindseys, Ralph Johnsons and Walter Johnsons. Sunday evening the family of Mrs. Pansy Bowman gathered at the Bowman home for a farewell party for Mrs.'Bryan. THE OTTAWA HERALD Wednesday, October 11, 1961 Expect French Okay To Talks WASHINGTON (AP) - France and West Germany are expected to give reluctant approval to further Washington-Moscow talks aimed at a Berlin settlement. The exchanges would be at the ambassadorial level. However, the French and West Germans reportedly would prefer to hold off on further East-West exploratory contacts until the Western powers agree to a united approach to the Berlin problem. This was made clear by diplomatic sources after the Western ambassadorial steering group met for 3'/2 hours Monday night with Foy D. Kohler, assistant secretary of state. The British, French and West German envoys and their aides have been meeting almost daily with Kohler, head of the State Department's task force for Germany. KBI Cracks Burglary Ring DENVER (AP)—Two agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation have reported a year of detective work and the arrest of five men broke up a burglary ring operating in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. The two KBI agents, Clarence Duntz and Vance Howdyshell, blamed the ring for as many as 200 burglaries and said their loot in the past year was worth more than $150,000. They struck most often at stores in small towns, taking jewelry and other valuables. The five men under arrest: Plez Dilley, 33, of Elbing, Kan., who has been under arrest for two weeks at Atwood, Kan.; Edwin .1. Schaffer, 27, and Everett E. Weber, 29, jailed in Denver; Marvin .T. Schaffer, 33, held at Goodland, Kan., and Rufus V. Suggs, 49, in custody at St. Francis, Kan. All but Dilley lived in Denver. He was arrested at Elbing. IT'S ABOUT TIME TO REPAIR - THOSE FARM BUILDINGS .OVER, THERE Farm buildings in need of repair? Come in and talk to our Farm experts about your Farm Fix- Up chores. We have the 'know how' to show you how to put your farm in tip-top shape. Fix-Up Your Farm Now ... Pay Later! We Can Set You Up With A Seasonal Payment Plan! No Obligation lor on-the-spot Estimates HUB8ARD LUMBER TO EACH HER OWN Nowadays smart Princess phones glamorize the nicest bedrooms of the nicest homes. The petite Princess, with its convenient light-up dial, assures nighttime protection, daytime convenience ... plus privacy and pleasure any time. Why not get a Princess for yourself or for a special someone in your family? Just call the telephone business office or ask any telephone serviceman. SOUTHWESTERN Call by number. . . It's twice as fast BELL SO COLORFUL SO CONVENIENT SO BIG IN VALUE A Princess phone at your bedside gives you a comforting sense of security at night. The dial lights up when you lift the receiver, permitting you to make calls in the dark or in subdued light. Why not enjoy a Princess phone in your bedroom? The stylish Princess goes gracefully with any bedroom decor. Keep it at arm's reach beside a favorite chair or on a dressing table. Takes up no more space than a small jewelry box. Let the lovely Princess save you steps and valuable time. • A Princess phone In her bedroom gives the privacy she desires in discussing schoolwork or in "teen talk" with friends. (More peaceful for parents, too!) She can choose from five gay colors —pihK, turquoise, blue, beige or white.
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