The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on November 8, 1961 · Page 5
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Nason On Education Schools Designed For The Average NASON whiz at numbers, he'll do each with a group of similar ability and with teachers who have time to specialize in his kind of problem. Children could proceed through such a school at rates consistent with their ability to learn and their mental health. Opportunity would be wide open to everyone— not just to the average. The gifted could work to their maximum ability and the slower learners could get help at every step instead of being ignored — and falling farther and farther behind. second or even third grade books.! On the other extreme, some of the same group may not mature sufficiently to be ready for reading for months — perhaps even a year or two. They may never have seen a book in their homes. The mental age of these children — and that's the measure of how well they are able to do school work — may range from 3 to 8 years. Our system of education insists, however, that they must all perform the same tasks. Individual differences in such a group can present a fantastic array of problems. Under the "Aver aging-out" system, the middle child isn't ready or able to read, so none must read. Only the simplest number ideas are within the grasp of the average, so j ma tter what the cost, to make that's what they all gel, and those j any changes necessary to get our By DR. LESLIE J. NASOX , Professor of Education USD The principle of "equal opportunity" is being twisted around to mean something else in our schools. In an attempt to give everyone an equal opportunity, our schools too often try to force equality. They arc designed for the "average." Almost all educational problems arise from the attempt to make up for the individual differences of those who aren't average. T h e* schools might come much closer to providing children w i t h really equal op- portunityif they were re-designed to permit all children to develop according to thi'ir individual differences. They haven't been, and the public is as much to blame as the schools. ' and may occupy most of her time | aren't, you need to voice your Many schools have tried to set f or the next 10 months. opinion so that the school ad- Won't Recover Space Capsule LOS ANGELES (AP)-Bccausc! of an on-orbit malfunction, Discoverer 34's capsule won't be recovered. The Air Force, in making the announcement Tuesday, gave no further details. Discoverer 34 was fired into a polar orbit last Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force base. Six capsules have been recovered in the air and two from the ocean. Father Defends His Son's Choice Of Ducktail Haircut PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Does an ton County School Board, Sor- Singer Behind On Payments MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-Rock 'n' roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis has until Nov. 24 to pay $700 in overdue child support or face punishment for contempt of court. Judge Edward Quick gave Lewis that ultimatum Tuesday after • • « « « All * t * I **'S lll * v * -.TillCjVfi -3 *l*\.u..»xj *»r uu> The patterns of thinking that a f . t fo k ful] tw • II I __1 1 1L.-. .»»1 n f f\ln. " *• * American teen-ager have a basic right to wear any kind of haircut he chooses? Yes, says the father of a boy ! suspended from school for wearing a ducktail haircut No, says the school principal and the school board. The father, Walter C. Sorrells, argued Tuesday that the ducktail is a harmless passing fancy and he is going to court to prove his;point. Ducktail haircuts are popular among the rock V roll set. The hair is worn long and combed to a point in the back. The principal, Eric Staples, said the school board recently banned "unconventional haircuts" because they sometimes were associated with delinquency, ruling the singer's income is suf- But stanlev SorrelSt 17 center Public Shelter MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) Members of 50 families in Laketon Township north of Muskegon are rushing construction of a rells said his son has a basic American right to wear any hair style he chooses. "The right of choice was won when Corawallis surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown," he asserted, "and I mean to defend that right." Stanley's mother agreed. THE OTTAWA HERALD C Wednesday, November 8, 1961 * huge privately owned fall-out shelter. The shelter will accomodatc 200 persons — members of families who are paying for it. child has set by the end of ele- j mentary school are, in many cases, with him for the rest of his life. We can well afford, no , of the controversy, contended that i ments to a former wife, Janei the duc . ktail was .. the kind you | Lewis Wilkinson of Fernday La. | see on all the popular young ac^ tt °™51,! a il^!_!!. a l.l ) !!!]! tors . sin S ers and Politicians." At a hearing before the Hous-, J GILLETTE \ A Super Power Bar 4 • Tractor Tires < 4 < ^ See Us for 4 + FAST, EFFICIENT < T TIRE SERVICE < ^ on All Tractors! < + Right Down Town < + 110 West 4th St. < Tire & 4 Supply, Inc. 4 tnm'e Jam 5 Attention Hunters SHOTGUN SHELLS All Sizes and Gauges at DISCOUNT PRICES See Us for the Lowest Price in Ottawa who are above the average start marking time. children off to a good start. Such changes will require public Those on the other end - be-! support — and more. They will low the average - aren't eveniP™»» bl y re 9 uire both P ublic un " ready to adjust themselves to a group. Their behavior becomes i derstanding and public pressure. Look at your schools. You know whether they are doing the best the No. 1 problem of the teacher, thcy can po ss jbi y do. If they up this kind of plan, but have given up. It's not because such plans don't work to the advantage of all children. It's because such tremendous drive for their insist the own children that they their child be placed in To complicate things, the range of ability within the group is matched by the range of ability within each child. Each has his own strengths and weaknesses. The child who can read may not have the coordination needed for other activities. Each has h i s own pattern of feelings and attitudes to be considered. Solutions aren't easy, but they can be found. Ungraded and de- . i most advanced group whether he can handle it or not. Consider a group of entering primary students. In most states, these students are, by law, of i partmentalized pirmaries — or nearly the same age. They will i whole elementary schools — in range from 4 years, 9 months to I which groups are divided both by 6 years old. Some will have al- j ability and by subject provides ready taught themselves to read i one answer. If Johnny is having and may be able to read first, j trouble with reading but is a ministrators can know what you expect from them. (If you have a question of Dr. Nason, write him in care of this newspaper. While he cannot undertake individual correspondence, he will discuss questions of general interest in his column.) For Insurance On dwellings, household goods, buildings and automobiles See Dean Berlin, Agent 109 E Second Phone CH 2-2804 NOTICE Ottawa's Banks will NOT be OPEN SATURDAY Nov. 11 On Veterans' Day, a salute to the veterans of our armed forces, who served freedom's cause. On Veterans' Day, a pledge that their sacrifice shall not have been In vain . . . that we shall ever be vigilant. Kansas State Bank of Ottawa First National Bank of Ottawa Peoples National Bank of Ottawa SAMPLE A NEW '62 CHEVROLET Come in and drive any (or all three) of these new cars for '62 gmst. 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