The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 13, 1961 · Page 3
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 3

Ottawa, Kansas
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Friday, October 13, 1961
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Nason On Education A-B-C Report Cards Best Ever Devised By LESLIE J. NASON Professor of Education, USC When you and I went to grade school, the fourth Friday of each month brought Report Cards. We awaited them with trepidation. A 98 in spelling might- just possibly might — mean a quarter with which we could rush to the local movie house on Saturday afternoon to witness the latest episode in the Perils of Pauline. A 72 in de portment was almost ""c e r tain to bring a trip to t Y 10 woodshed. There was nothing uncer tain about those report cards. The numbers stood out clear and plain: reading, 90; geography, 87; history, 94; arithmetic, 80; spelling, 96; penmanship, 89; deportment, 89. Exactly how a teacher, even an NASON all-wise one, could determine that a pupil had earned 89 in deportment, not 88 or 90, still is one for the books. But those cards spelled out success or failure to us, and the quality of our family relationships rose and fell with them. Time came when the numbers on report cards were considered old-fashioned. The era of "E" for Excellent; "G" for Good; "F" for Fair and "U" for Unsatisfactory was ushered"1n. No one knew exactly what grade was represented by these letters, but the pluses and minuses — E minus, G plus, etc. — narrowed them down. That period brought a surge of distrust for report cards and a good many schools stopped issuing them. As a matter of fact, quite a few school systems still don't have report cards. Some schools, particularly grade schools, issue evaluation, or essay-type report cards. Instead of cold numbers, they bear such comments as "Works up to ability," Sunday School Lesson More Than Law or "Needs improvement." Works up to whose ability, his own or that of the group? Needs improvement for what — to ultimately get to college or just to get by? These essay cards need details to clarify their meanings. Other schools issue "conference" report cards. Parents receive a report card, but at the same time are invited in for a conference. Parents, the teacher and sometimes Johnny sit down together in the school room for a frank talk designed to be helpful for everyone. In the last generation, however, the A, B, C, D and F system has taken over, again with plus and minus qualifications. Used generally through grade school, high school and college, the system stamps the A student as superior, the B student as good, the C student as average, It is diffi cult for a student to get into any top-grade college or university il his high school record bears a single D or F, whatever its rea son. By and large, the A, B, C, D F system is the best yet devised if only for the fact that it is gen erally known and understood. Report cards seem to be here to stay along with the motor car and the bobby pin. Youngster lave a right to know how they tand. Parents have a right to mow how the youngsters stand. Some time ago a national sur- ey indicated that 70 per cent of a rather large segment of young >eople favored keeping the report card. This probably came as a surprise to many parents. Young people like report cards because (1) they are a status symbol, (2) without them, students are defenseless against cri- icism of their school work, (3) hey give the students the securi- y of knowing just how well they are doing, and (4) they give the student bargaining power for rewards. Speaking as a parent and teacher, I suggest we retain our re- x>rt cards — just to keep the record straight. (You may address questions to Dr. Nason in care of this paper. However, he will dis- :uss only those of general interest in his column.) By ROY L. SMITH The Uniform Sunday School lesson for October 15: "GROWTH IN KNOWLEDGE OF GOD," Matthew 5:17-20, 38-48; John 16:12-15. Religion, according to the devout Jew of Jesus' time, as well as to many a modern, was a matter of abstaining from evil and obeying certain laws. To Jesus, good religion meant the ordering of all of life according to certain holy principles. There was, for example, the matter of the tithe. The great religious leaders among the Jews believed the nation had been carried off into exile in B a b ylo n because it had negelcted its religious duties, the exile being a form of punishment. Notes About Stanton Area By OLLIE BRASSFIELD Mr. George Steel of Colorado Springs, Colo., came Tuesday to the Dan Brassfield home and spent several days visiting. Otis Foster was a supper guest of his daughter Mrs. William Nuss and family, of Ottawa. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Richardson and Ida Marie, of Kansas City, were Saturday night visitors at the Kenneth Evans home. Rev. and Mrs. Priddy and family, of Olathe, spent Monday evening at the "Chuck" Jentzsch home. Presbyterians Name Moderator NEWTON, Kan. (AP)-The Kansas Synod of the United Presbyterian Church of the U. S. A. Thursday elected the Rev. Wilbur DeYoung of Topeka as its moderator.. Another Topekan, the Rev. Robert. Crothers, is the new vice moderator. The delegates issued instructions to the church's trustees of the $750,000 trust fund established by the late Robert Steele of Topeka. Income from the fund for 20 years was to go to the people and congregations of the Presbyterian churches of Kansas for charitable, benevolent and educational purposes. One stipulation, however, was that the fund would be administered to indigent persons in the 100 smallest churches of the state. The Shawnee County Probate Court held that the size stipulation could not be carried' out because it was too indefinite. THE OTTAWA HERALD Friday, October 13, 1961 The trustees were directed by the synod to administer the fund in accord with the expressed wishes of Steele for the good of the Presbyterian churches and Presbyterian people of Kansas. Metrecal Wafers A new product in the METRECAL line. Each wafer contains 25 calories. SMITH One of the neglects had been their failure to pay their tithes. The one way of restoring themselves in the good graces of God was a scrupulous and exact payment of the tenth. Emphasis on the tithe had become so important in the Jewish religion that it was not uncommon to see a pious man counting out the grains of pepper he proposed to put into his soup, setting aside every tenth as "an offering unto the Lord." Now Jesus had no thought of repudiating the idea of contributing to the support of the Temple system, but he did propose to lift the whole matter of giving up to a higher level, until it became an expression of spontaneous gratitude. Then there was the old Mosaic law concerning vengeance. Among the pagans it was commonly approved if a man killed another man to avenge even a small affront. Moses had ordered that the Hebrews should not strike a greater blow than they had suffered. If one's enemy knocked out an eye, then the avenger might destroy an eye in return. If a neighbor, in a brawl, broke out another man's tooth, that man was within the law if he broke out a tooth in revenge. But one eye never called for two eyes and one tooth missing never justified two other teeth broken out. Jesus undertook to put the whole matter, again, on a higher level. It is better to accept affronts, he said, than to inflict them. It is better to be the one who suffers an injustice than the one who inflicts an injury. Then there was the difficult question of lust. Jewish law, in most instances, portrayed the woman as the seducer, and the man as the innocent victim in the case of sex vagrancy. Jesus went back to the source of the evil, and said that the lustful thought was the beginning of the lustful deed. Therefore, a man was to be judged by his unbridled desires, rather than by his actual offenses. - Good religion is, first of all, clean mindedness. The prophets, teachers, scribes, rabbis, and psalmists had done a pretty good job of impressing the Jews with the necessity of forgiveness. It was quite common to hear a sermon in the synagogue on the subject of forgiving one's enemy. But a serious problem still remained. So many of the forgiven went on inflicting injuries, working injustices, and perpetrating wrongs. How far was one required to go in this matter of forgiveness? How many times was one expected to forgive another person for the repeated insults? Jesus moved the whole matter over from the question of the enemy to the spirit of the one who found it necessary to forgive. Hatred inside the soul is a spiritual poison, he said, and one must forgive and forgive until all the spirit of hatred has been distilled out of the soul. Forgiveness is a little like our grandmother's poultice which was applied to a sore to "draw the poison out." No man can harbor a grudge without setting up an infection within his own spirit. No one can indulge in hatred without developing a spiritual cancer. No one can seek revenge without making himself wretched in doing so. No person can plot evil against his neighbor without becoming infected by the very evil he proposes to export. The Price Is 1.00 a box of 36 wafers. John G. Kaiser Drug Store In the Masonic Building wyou, .this beautiful 18 kt. gold plated Car Key! ^r Let us finance your new car and give you FREE this golden ignition key personalized with your initial. The key will be cut to fit your ignition switch. (Keys available for American makes only) FIRST NATIONAL BANK of Ottawa Oldest Bank in Franklin County — "Since 1870" Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Evangelistic Preaching By NOTED PREACHER FIRST Christian Church 11th and Hickory SUNDAY October 15th through FRIDAY, OCT. 20th SUNDAY 10:45 A.M. EVENINGS 8:00 P.M. Lin D. C. Cartwright A.B., A.M., D.D., Dit. > Special music and congregational singing under the leadership of Mr. Al Williams. MORNING DEVOTIONS 9 A.M. Monday through Friday, KOFO Study: "Making the Bible Live" 10:00 A.M. Daily Repeated by tape recording 7 p.m. — Annex SERMON TITLES: Sunday, 10:45 A.M., "Is Life Getting the Best of You?" — 8:00 P.M., "Yet Forty Days" Monday, 8:00 P.M., "Damned in the Midst of Paradise" Tuesday, 8:00 P.M., "The Famine in the Far Country" Wednesday, 8:00 P.M., "The Man Who Tried to Break into the Church." Thursday., 8:00 P.M., "The Great Commitment" Friday, 8:00 P.M., "Our Faith Tremendous" Nursery For All Services — For Transportation, Call CH 2-3498 OXFORDS HI-TOPS 13.95 - H.95 AIR CUSHIONED SHOES FOR MEN PAINE'S Bootery NEW FACE,SAME SPORTING HEART We might as well tell you straight off: Corvair's the car for the driving enthusiast. Think that lets you out? Maybe. Maybe not. Until you've driven one, you really can't say for sure, because Corvair's kind of driving is like no other in the land. The amazing air-cooled rear erigine sees to that. You swing around curves flat as you please, in complete control. You whip through the sticky spots other cars should keep out of in the first place. (Especially this year, now that you can get Positraction as an extra-cost option.) You stop smoothly, levelly with Corvair's beautifully balanced, bigger brakes. And Corvair's found other new ways to please you this year. A forced-air heater and defroster are standard equipment on all coupes, sedans and both Monza and 700 Station Wagons. So are dual sunshades and front-door armrests and some other goodies. You'll note some new styling, inside and out. Nice. And safety-belt installation is easier, too, and cheaper. Another extra-cost option well worth considering is the heavy-duty front and rear suspension; it turns a Corvair into a real tiger. So you can see we haven't really done much to Corvair this year. Why on earth should we? If this car, just as she is, can't make a driving enthusiast out of you, better take a cab. A New World*/Worth And here's America's only thoroughbred sports car, the '62 CORVETTE. We warn you: If you drive a Corvette after your first sampling of a Corvair, you may well end up a two-car man. And who could blame you? See the '62 Corvair and Corvette at your local authorized Chevrolet dealer's MOORE CHEVROLET-OLDS, INC. 412-418 South Main St. Ottawa CH 2-3640

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