The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on November 15, 1961 · Page 12
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 12

Ottawa, Kansas
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Wednesday, November 15, 1961
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THE OTTAWA HERALD Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1961 IVason On Education Why Do Some Students Fail In College? By DR. LESLIE J. NASON Professor of Education, USC Some places, like jails and oblivion, are easy to enter and difficult to leave. But not colleges. Getting into college is a problem, with the applicants outnumbering the available facilites. Staying in college, once in, is another problem. It's a problem for students, parents and college authorities. In fact, in our cold war situa- t i o n, college drop - outs are a national concern. Colleges try to limit admissions in the fairest possible way. They are dealing with the futures of individuals, and no one knows better than the admissions officer that the decisions need to be right. NASON John Steinbaugh, Director of Admissions to the University of Southern California, has stated: "One man excluded who could have succeeded' and replaced by one man who does not succeed produces at least seven frustrated people: two students, four parents and one admissions officer." How are the choices made? In most cases, college entrance is based upon (1) excellence of the applicant's high school grades, (2) the results shown on a test such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the. College Entrance Board, and (3) an analysis of the individual factors which might affect success, such as moral character, health, and personal goals. Sounds sensible? Of course. Then why do students who pass this sort of screening still fail in college? Something must be involved that isn't measured by this process. There are three areas that do not seem to be adequately measured: —Goals. The sincerity and validity of a stated goal is difficult to evaluate in an interview. Goals do have a bearing on the problem of success in college. A study of dropouts among women students in a major state university indicated that a large proportion of them seemed to have a very hazy notion of why they were in college in the first place. —The ability to communicate. A survey of college teachers of freshman English as to what knowledge and skills a freshman most needs could be summed up in the words: "He should be able to write a paragraph that communicates the desired thought." This sounds simple, but tells an important story. —The ability to grasp quantitative ideas. The processes of com- >rehension on which modern sci- snce and technology rest call for bought processes that some stu- lents have not acquired and that hey actually seem to resist. Some students tend to avoid iuch subjects as physics or chemistry which require complete understanding of each idea, not ust the memorization of a fact. They do not seem to realize that his type of thinking doesn't hurt. [t's even rather pleasant, once they try it. Rantoul News Presbyterian Churches Get New Pastor By MRS. GALE GILBERT Rev. Albert Smith of Loveland, Colo., has been named pastor of Rantoul and Spring Ridge Presbyterian Churches and will move here by Dec. 1. A baby shower was given at the R.N.A. Hall Wednesday evening honoring Mrs. Robert Rocker. After contest games, the gifts were opened. Refreshments of cake, coffee, nuts and mints were served by the hosteses, Ellen Jones, Beverly Rodgers, Pauline Jackson, Glenda Medlin and Cecile Redick. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Griffith visited Saturday and Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Bennie Knight, and Mr. Knight at Welch, Okla. Mrs. Norma Grimm, Fairland, Okla., was also a visitor. She is a former Rantoul resident. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Redick and Jerry went to Mulvane Friday morning. She and Jerry visited at the Joe Rogers and John Willis home while the men went pheasant hunting at Burr Oak. His father, J. L. Redick, accompanied them home Sunday evening. The L.L.C. of Rantoul Presfitf- terian Church met with Mrs. Lulu Caylor Thursday afternoon with her daughters, Mrs. Henry Carter and Mrs. Corine McCullough, as co-hostesses. The lesson was given by Mrs Fayne Lathen. Mrs. William Foster, president, was in charge o; business meeting. Plans were completed for the bazaar and chicken supper to be given at the R.N.A. Hall Tuesday Vov. 2 .The December meeting will be with Mrs. Merle Caylor. lefreshments were served to 16 women and two children. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Coter, Paoa, and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Gilbert, Topeka, were Sunday dinner guests at the Gale Gilbert lome. Mrs. Lawrence Murphy, Wells- ille and her mother, Mrs. Marha Coffman, visited Sunday afternoon at the Harry Fisher home. Sherene and Diane Coats and Warren Byrn, Olathe, spent the weekend with their grandparents, ttr. and Mrs. W. R. Byrn. Their ather came for them Sunday evening. Italy Flooded ROME (AP)— Torrential rains lashed Italy again today for the fifth day in a row, and wide areas around Rome were flooded. Since Saturday at least six persons have died in the winter rain, wind and snow. Both the Tiber River flowing through Rome and the mighty Po in northern Italy were close to overflowing their banks. WANTADS Call CH 2-4700 6 BIG ROLLS Connoisseur CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP \ Factory Priced at $1 .98 V*,'.: • WM ^^Wi 89c At WHITE'S You Get All 6 Rolls for Only (Enough beautiful wrapping paper for all your Christmas Gifts) "The Small Store with the Big Deal" WHITE'S Furniture & Appliance Your Franchised G.E. Dealer 330 S. Main CH 2-4637 For example: solving the puzzle of balancing a chemical equation may call for 10 to 15 minutes of hard, concentrated thought the first time. Once the student sees exactly how one equation is balanced, he can balance chemical equations for the rest of his life. He only has to understand it once. Students (with the help of parents and teachers) should be concentrating on these things. This will give more assurance to their futures. They need to set goals, practice writing and speaking, recognize that the importance of mathematics and science is worth the effort of overcoming a few fears. Students must work hard in order to bring more than grades o college. (You may" write Dr. Nason in care of this paper. He will discuss questions of general interest in his articles.) Dog Frisky After Lung Transplant ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Homer, a sad-eyed hound, is a frisky dog five months after one of his lungs was replaced by a transplant and a research team thinks this may be a step closer to successful transplant of major organs. One of Homer's lungs was replaced May 26 by a lung from another dog. For two weeks he received daily injections of metho- trexate, a drug originally devel- oped to fight cancer. He'was very sick for a time, but recovered. Doctors at the University of Michigan Medical Center believe mcthotrexate may have properties that prevent rejection of alien tissue. Transplant of eye corneas, blood and bone fragments are fairly common, but transferring major organs is difficult because such tissues usually are rejected by tht receiving body. Dr. Paulette Szadaly, a University of Michigan veterinarian, sayi the five months Homer has lived may be a medical record. The research dog is closely watched and has the services of his own physician, veterinarian and registered nurse. Just say charge it... or buy now—pay later on convenient terms She's 36 Inches Tall! YStir hiadquajjprs for nationally advijjtised toys that your kiddjjjiB see on TV. 6.99 Walking Doll $ n.99 She'll walk right along with you. Has gorgeous rooted hair and sleeping eyes with long lashes. Instant Pudding Set Includes eight packages of pudding base mixes, eight jars of magic coloring and flavor crystals, utensils for making puddings. 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