The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 12, 1966 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 12, 1966
Page 12
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Fage <- Blytheylh Movies Make Learning Fun The pupils' respond with delight (top) to questions after showing of film in Project Discovery. The children are free to use the viewing equipment and films available in the school library. By DON GRAFF Newspaper Enterprise Assn. SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (NEA)-Ask Diane Biirgin how she likes being an educational guinea pig and she's eager to tell. She loves it. And so, it seems, do 700 schoolmates at Mercer Elementary, a suburban Shaker Heights school that may well be offering a glimpse today of the American classroom of the not-too-distant future. At Mercer, fourth-graders are learning French with the aid of slides and tapes. Fifth-graders study geography with a color film on Arctic Eskimos and six- graders see history in a documentary on the American Revolution. Film projectors and screens are fixtures in every classroom from kindergarten through sixth grade. An annex to the library is stacked with some 600 films and more than 1,100 filmstrips. Homework means not only books but films and projectors, checked out and taken home as routinely as library books go out at other schools. It's all part of Project Discovery, a team experiment begun two years ago by the Shaker schools. Encyclopaedia Britannica films and a photographic equipment manufacturer, Bell and Howell, to answer a qUes- FCC's Chaos on The Kilocycles: CB Radio By STEPHEN M. AUG WASHINGTON (AP) - The Citizens Radio Service Is a giant party line for 800,000 Americans. It is also chaos on the ki- application and paying the fee. This is different from amateur radio operators who must pass examinations in Morse code, electroncs and FCC regulations. Amateurs are locycles to the Federal Commu- j hobbyists and experimenters — _.._-,:-__ r, --- .•.„•„„ I nications Commission. Consider the problems that would result if a city of 800,000 persons — about the size of Washington or St. Louis — had only 23 party lines for all its operators to be neither, but often are both. "Our * * biggest * problem has been with people who use it just for the sake of talking to some- telephone calls. Then you've got DO(Jy e i se by rad i 0 _ the hob____ ,., 1 «.„ _™x™. «,„ some idea of the probems the FCC faces in trying to control the Citizen's Band —CB as it's called. The problems began in 1958 when there were about 40,000 CB stations, mostly business firms, all using the sparsely populated. ultra high frequencies. Equipment was too expensive for the average person In 1958 the FCC gave the service 23 channels in a wavelength for which equipment could be manufactured at relatively litte expense. * * * The change was almost immediate and far beyond the expectations of FCC officials. Today there are 800,000 licensees and the commission receives more than 20,000 applications a month — at $8 apiece —• for new j licenses. And it's big business. The average CB licensee lias three units costing $100 to $150 apiece. Some sources say CB means more than $50 million yearly to the electronics industry. The reasons for the popularity are the low cost of equipment and the ease of getting a license. You can get into CB activities for as little as ?59 for a one-channel build-it-yourself kit. * * « And any citizen, 18 or older, can get a license by filing an FCC says. They clutter the channels and jam legitimate communications. Since 1958 the FCC has revised its CB regulations twice — in 1960 and 1965 — both times to eliminate the talkers by declaring idle chatter illegal. But officials say many CB operators don't know the regulations and don't even bother to purchase copies — even though they are required to have them. The FCC depends largely on voluntary compliance for enforcement of its rules. But, in the case of CB, as one official said, "I don't think we've gotten the degree of voluntary compliance we'd want." But, despite the headaches CB has caused, the FCC wants to keep the service. It is a big money-maker, supplying about $2 million a year in fees. tion: What happens to a school when audio-visual material — tapes, films and filmstrips—becomes no longer something special, brought in from outside, but a basic part of classroom routine? To find out, the companies supplied some $100,000 worth of films and projectors to the pilot school. And what has happened? Project Discovery still has another full school year to run, but teachers already are reporting marked improvement in pupils' vocabularies and better retention of information. There are indications that children who once hung back are being reached and stimulated to participate in class activity. Reading, far from suffering from the impact of sight and sound instruction, has increased. Library checkouts jumped by 1,500 books during a three- month test period. And there has been an explo- ••••••t••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••«••••» WILSON NEWS • ••••••»•»••••••••»»• MRS. W. A. HOGAN, Jr. Mrs. Harold Gilbert and son of Dallas arrived Sunday for 3 visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Nicholson, Mr. Gilbert will join them next week fo ra visit here. Carolyn Nicholson of Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Va., who arrived Friday, will spend the Easter vacations with her parents also, figure o7t what hit the.. was covered with a lavender linen cloth and centered with a giant purple Easter egg tied with blue and purple ribbon on lavender grass, surrounded by miniature chickens wearing Easter bonnets and carrying um- bellas. She served chicken salad in avacado, spinach and mushroom casserole, hot cheese rolls, peach pickle, crab apple, water. . ,--,-,, The Wilson Junior High Chor-! melon preserves and coffee. Laus consisting of 56 members, ter in the afternoon she served attended the Music Festival for Junior High Choruses from northeast Arkansas at Sam Smith Junior High School in Forrest City March 29. -They performed two numbers. "Teach Me To Pray" and "Sour Wood Mountain." They received a "1" rating, the highest possible rating. Over 1,000 boys and girls attended the festival. The Wilson Chorus is under the direction of Mrs. Fred Denton with John Dresbach as accompanist. Mrs. W. J. Alexander, Jr., accompanied the group rest City. to For- Mrs. Sam Moore was hostess to the South Mississippi County Bridge Club Friday at her home at Corona Lake. Special guests of the club were Mrs. Earl Robbins of Osceola and Mrs. John Earl- Speck of Frenchman's Bayou. Mrs. Moore's luncheon table homemade candy and cookies. High winner was Mrs. Moore, second high was won by Mrs. Bob Nelson and Mrs. Robbins won bridge. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Denton spent the weekend in Hot Springs with his parents, M r. and Mrs. Bill Denton. Twenty-three members and guests of the Bible study class of the First Methodist Church in Wilson gathered at the church Friday night for a dutch steak supper. The group played games later in the evening. The Mangel - Wurzel is a variety of the common beet, grown in the United States chiefly as feed for cattle and poultry. William Roentgen, discoverer of the X ray, was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics. Elephants sleep only a couple of hours a night. T.V. Clinic Air base Highway Now Open Fulltime Under the New Management of J. D. BEAL 75 Years Experience In Radio - Television Repairs Black & White - Color All Work Guaranteed Mike Warren Serviceman CALL LB 2-5632 HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW O'STEEN'S JEWELRY & GIFTS STORE? 105 W. MAIN Just One Door East of Fred's Dollar Store. WE HAVE "GIFTS" FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE EVERYTHING! Fashion that's PERMANENTLY PRESSED knit shirts of 50% Kodef polyester-50% cotton Here is the action shirt that stays smooth forever! It features special Manhattan 8 techniques that banish wrinkles, permit the shirt to come out of washer and dryer and ready for more fun and games looking new. And colors are guaranteed to stay bright washing and wearing after washing and wearing. In the fashion- right new Henley neckline treatment, it's ideal for pleasure! $3.95 MARTIN'S the store for men & boys sion of enthusiasm shared by ill involved. Students seem to sense that learning has taken on a new dimension. "School used to be teachers and books and talking," explains Diane, a sixth-grader. "It's fun for learning now. I come early in the morning just to look at films." For fascinated parents, homework for the children tends to become a home-study course for the entire family. Among teachers, there is excitement at experimenting with an educational tool of immense potential and observing results firsthand. Availability, not saturation, is the basis of the experiment. Guidelines are few. Teachers aren't told what films to use and may use none at all. Mrs. Alice Van Deusen, Mercer principal, estimates that on the average a class sees three films and about as many filmstrips during a week. The impact on the educational scene already is noticeable. Visitors to Mercer are frequent, two recently from as far afield as Czechoslovakia. Appearances "If they can't afford leaching staffs of the size and quality to offer a broad curriculum, they can still greatly enrich a curri- of Shaker school spokesmen before congressional committees influenced legislation which last year opened the way to federal aid for schools setting up audiovisual programs. And since last fall, Project Discovery has been nationwide with new and widely varied loca tions at Daly City, Calif., a middle-class San Francisco sub- urb; Terrell, Tex., • leml-rvtJ district 30 miles from Dallas) and Scott Montgomery Elementary School, • "disadvantage)! school" set In a Washington, D.C., Negro slum. There is a frankly commercial side to Project Discovery- burgeoning film and equipment sales if it catches on widely. But, at the samelime, it promises to be a break for schools with slim resources. Although Shaker schools art in the nation it is the poorer schools which stand to gain most, believes Shaker Superintendent John H. Lawson. ! among the wealthiest and best culum with audio-visual material at as little cost as the hiring of one additional teacher." It has been estimated that a program can be started by a school district for what it costs to build one classroom—in Ohio, $30-40,000. Amortized over 10 years or so, as a classroom would be, it should be well within most school budgets. IDOL INSPIRATION—Bonnie Lange, 14, <rf Vincennes, Ind., whose own taste in hair styles is conservative, has an idea where the ideas for some of today s fantastic hair- does may have originated. Inspired perhaps by Aztec idols such as Bonnie displays? 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