The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 25, 1961 · Page 5
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Wellsvilie Newt ' Letters On Tape By BERN1CE HOLDEN Tape recorded letters h«ve proven an effectual way of com- ir.unicating with the home folks for one overseas family, the Karl Horns'edts, who are now located ' in Philippine Islands, Mrs. Rom- sledt is the former .J)onna Bosworth. The tape recordings are of varied length. The one received last week by Mrs. Romstedt's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Bosworth, was comparatively short compared to some of the previous ones which ran an hour and one-half to two hours in length. The voices sounded very clear. On this particular recording Donna asked questions of the maid who is a native of the Philippines. She has worked for 13 years with American service families and sneaks and reads English. Sergeant Rotnstedt. better known here as Jack, recently was sent back to Yokota AFB, Japan, for temporary duty. About two weeks after his transfer to the Philippines from Japan, he was sent to Thailand for some 40 days service. He is the son of Mrs. Karl Romstedt, Ottawa. . Word has been received that the invitation to hold a state checker tournament here has been accepted. The tournament will be later this year, possibly around Thanksgiving or after Christmas. It is expected to last over a 3-day period and should draw some 60 or more contestants. Nason On Education Teacher Tenure Protects Both The Good And Bad By LESLIE J. NASON Professor of Education, USC Teacher tenure protects good teachers. It also protects bad ones. How good is tenure? Should the system be revised? The question comes up in a good many meetings of parent- teacher groups, and it is always good for a spirited discussion. Basically, teacher tenure pro vides for a two • or three- year proba- t i o n a r y pe riod, then perm a n e n t employment During the proba' tionary period the teacher is on a year to Renewal of the contract is at the discretion o the Board of Education. Onct hired for the year following the probationary period, the teacher is permanent. The probationary period is a sort of courtship; tenure is settling down to marriage. Everyone is on his best behavior during courtship. Truer qualities are more apt to show up in the day-after-day living together. Tenure has some excellent aspects. Teachers can give their >est service, really concentrate on teaching, if they do not have o worry about the security of their jobs. Teachers are separated from the political side of school ad- inistration by tenure. They feel less pressure from groups which, for good or bad, wish to influence the schools. Teachers with tenure can become more permanent and stable members of the community. They get to know the pupils, parents and others with whom they work. Their work has continuity. NASON year contract. The Happy Go-Getlers 4-H Club won first prize of $25 in a safety contest sponsored by the Miami County Farm Bureau. Announcement of contest winners was made at the annual Miami County Farm Bureau dinner- tneeting at the Paola Armory. Albert Schendel was present to receive the award for the club. The presentation was made by Mrs. Raymond Sanfield. The club won the recognition through its safety program put into effect at members farms and in the community. Their work included group inspection of farms, giving safety talks and demonstrations, observance of national and Kansas clean-up weeks and elimination of hazards in the community. * Lois Schendel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Schendel. has been invited to a 4-H recognition program for state winners in personal development to be Nov. 3-4 at Wichita. Fifteen from the ' fctate were selected to attend. ., I/MS is a member of the Happy ••Go-Getters 4-H Club. In honor of Charnell McAuley's 7th birthday, Tuesday, Oct. 24, a birthday party was given her »t her home Saturday afternoon. Present for games and refreshments were Linda and Lyle .Shields, Melissa Nabors, Jolenc Phillips, Kathy, Donna ad Linday McAuley, her cousins from Ottawa. Charnell is the daughter : of Mr. and Mrs. A, V. McAuley. Lyle. 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shields, is recuperating from a recent fall. It occurred while he was at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shields. Lyle was in the :;hay mow of the barn and was going toward a ladder to descend when he slipped and fell through the opening. He suffered a cut on his chin which required some 20 stitches to close. The outer stitch- ,es have been removed, and the cut is healing satsifactorily. Mrs. L. B. Schendel, Mrs. Bob Perkins, Mrs. Anna Neis, Mrs. Monte Martin, Mrs. Bert Elliott and Mrs. Stanley Dale, all members of Sunflower H.D.U., went on a tour in Olathe recently, i The women visited the Hyer's ' Boot factory in the morning, and : had dinner in the Safari Room , at the Kansas restaurant. They talked with Earl O'Connor, son of Mrs. Mayme O'Connor of Wellsvilie, who is a judge in Olathe. He showed them through the courtroom and told them of typical court cases. They also visited the State School for the Deaf at Olathe and i saw Dwight M. Poole and Bob, by Plummer. In December, the school will celebrate its Centennial anniversary, and leather sou- ';• venirs were being made for the ' event. The women visited various classrooms, the woodworking • department and the bakery department. Among those given recognition at the Miami County H.D.U. i Achievement Day Thursday at the armory at Paola were Mrs. Stanley Dale, Mrs. L. B. Schendel and Mrs. Charles Rogers, members of Sunflower H.D.U. Achievement awards were giver with recognition received by those who had been members 15 • and 20 years, or more, and by charter members. Mrs. Dale was given recognition as a charter member, and Mrs. Schendel and Mrs. Rogers, for their 15 years of H.D.U. work. Speaker was Logan Smith of the China and Glass Shop, Kansas City. The Madrigal Singers from Paola High School entertained. W. T. Greer, Paola, who is the father of Mrs. Eddie Hopkins, Le- Loup, is reported showing some improvement. He has been undergoing X-rays and tests twice weekly at the University of Kansas Medical Center for a few weeks time. There are also some unfortunate things to be said about tenure. Poor teachers are carried along, year after year. Generally speaking, the teacher who has tenure can be fired only for in efficiency or immoral conduct. Both are difficult to prove in court. Occasionally, teachers feel they "have it made" when tenure is granted. If they suddenly become lazy or inefficient they are resented by other teachers and the school morale suffers. Forty years ago the vast ma jority of teachers were young women, often without much train ing, who taught for a few years; until they married. Now, married women are accepted in most schools. More men have entered teaching, even at the grade school level, which is good. Tenure is expecially important to the man who is responsible for a family- The increased — and increasing — requirements in preparation tend to make teaching a lifetime profession. Civil service, unions, medical societies, bar associations, social security, unemployment insurance retirement systems and teacher tenure are typical of our time. They reflect the growing feeling that in our society the individual must be protected by the group. Security has become a na- ;ional fetish. Change is a part of life and growth. Why should teachers be immune to it? The question of whether teachers who are afraid to move and afraid to change should teach our children in a .rapidly changing world is a good one. The only thing that we know for certain about the next years is that they will be radically different from the last ones. Our children must learn to adjust to change. THE OTTAWA HERALD Wednesday, October 25, 1961 Teacher tenure should be constantly studied, perhaps constant ly altered. You should find out about the situation in your own schools. Good teachers must be protected, but it should never be come impossible to let a poor teacher go. (You can write Dr. Nason in care of this newspaper, and he will discuss questions of general interest in his articles.) Mrs. Alice Hysom and her pupils at LeLoup School were treated to cake and ice cream by the mothers on Oct. 17 just before closing time. The refreshments were served in honor of Mrs. Hysom's birthday. New Prime Heavy Weight Hi Tensile Corrugated Galvanized STEEL SHEETS 26 Gauge, 100 Ibs. per! square. All sheets 27M>" wide, 84"-96"-108"-120" and 132" long. F.O.B. Kansas City write, wire or phone Brown-Strauss Corp. 14th and Osage — Kansas City, Kansas Phone MAyfair 1-3000 KEEN TV SERVICE 114 S. 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