Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 4, 1970 · Page 33
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Are Americans Myth - Educated? By RALPH NOVAK NEW YORK (NEA) - Here is a multiple choice test on Ameri can education: If you question the value of homework, teacher training, soaring education budgets and just about every other facet of America's educational program, you are: 1—An Irate seventh-grader who has just, been ordered to stay after school because he didn't memorize Millard Fill more's birthday; 2—A long-haired radical who criticizes curricula and preaches promotion of permis- sivist pablum in our schools; 3—A disgruntled father whose son has just been denied admission to Harvard; 4—Dr. Dwight Allen, dean ot the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts and chairman of a forum on "myths of education" that will be part of this December's White House Conference on Children. The answer could be "all of the above." But while 1, 2 and 3 look at education through personal bias, Allen looks at it as a man not happy with the state of his profession — educating American youngsters. Allen, 38 and the father of five, has organized a 14-member forum that includes a high school student, a law professor and a child psychologist as well as educators. He says his group has already found enough myths operating in American schools to explain at least partially why U.S. education is coming under attack from all sides, plus the top and bottom. Among the items on his myth list: Homework — "Students most likely to need homework are the same ones who are likely to have a home environment that makes homework very hard, if not impossible," Allen says. "These same students are the ones who are likely to make homework mistakes, and since there's nobody around to help them, they make the same mistakes over and over. Learning something wrong is much worse than never learning it at all." Teacher Certification — "Teachers are rated according to their formal educational credentials and their years spent teaching. But there are lots of ways — informal as well as formal — of gaining preparation to teach a subject, and we should be defining professional competence not in arbitrary requirements based on courses taken, but in terms of real performance and knowledge of subjects. I think we could even profitably use kids themselves to teach in areas where they have special knowledge." Education Budgets — "A lot of people are saying that to get better education all you have to do is spend more money. I'm not saying money is unimportant, but I haven't seen any real relationship between dollars spent and results. Increasing school budgets isn't going to help unless we also make changes that will affect the quality of teachers you have, your curriculum and a lot of other factors." Opposition to Change — "In American education everybody wants to be instantly second but not first. The first question is always: 'Show where it has worked.' But experimentation in itself can be good and I think you can build a case that kids who were experimented with are the lucky ones. Even though people have always shied away Steps Out Man of iron steps out in Bonn, Germany. He was a member of a Turkish group which marched past President Heinemann's residence as prelude to state visit from Turkey's President Sunday. Thank You I wish to express my appreciation to the voters of Carroll, Crawford and Monona counties who supported me in the General Election on Tues­ day. Arthur A. Neil from talk about 'experimenting with children.'" Treatment of Students — "We can't go on any longer treating the 30 children in a given classroom as if they were all alike. They come from different homes, they have different objectives and they are just basically different kids." Determining "School Age" — "It is nonsense to say that all children should start school at the same age, Research shows, for instance, that girls mature intellectually earlier than boys, and there are also all kinds of individual differences. "I know the old arguments about ruining a child socially, but they are based on assumptions that his learning group is the same as his social group and that he will be one special case among 50 kids. Those assumptions are not necessarily valid." Allen acknowledges that the myths are based on what were valid generalities, but he contends the generalities have become outdated. Contributing to this inertia and resistance to change, he says, is lack of control of America's schools. School boards, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, students, textbook publishers, state boards of education, state legislatures, college admission offices, teacher training institutions and anybody else who can spare the time exert influences on what, where, when and how a first- grader is going to learn. Shore birds have in common relatively long legs with specialized feet and a long bill. For Law and Order— The Black 'Silent Majority 9 Speaks Up By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON (NEA) - Like most people, Clay Claiborne paid little active attention to the signs and symbols of revolution which have been snarling the nation. That is, until his son became a revolutionary. As Claiborne tells it, his boy was raised in a healthy, normal home. He had a decent childhood, many friends good schooling. When he started college, he had high potential as a space scientist. But after two years at Washington University in St. Louis, the boy just "went bad." His father says "somebody really got to him." He joined radical groups, fell behind in his studies, participated in violent demonstrations; finally wound up arrested, fried and imprisoned. It was then Clay Claiborne began paying heed to the revolution. As he puts it: "I decided to open my mouth. To stand up and be counted. I became a vocal member of the silent majority — for democracy and for law and order." The evolution of Clay Claiborne is not particularly unusual for a parent these days. What is unusual is that he is a black parent; what is also unusual is he has formed the first black "law and order" organization in modern history. Claiborne, 51, has originated the "Black Silent Majority Com­ mittee," a group which reportedly has several thousand members in 31 states who are no longer willing to, "be shouted down by a handful of young fools who do not represent us." The committee headquarters in Washington is a six-room office on Capitol Hill. It is an infant thing, so far. Mostly unknown and sometimes laughed at. But Claiborne believes it represents the black trend: "Not all black men and women are making Molotov cocktails. Not all of our race are shooting down policemen. Most of us, the very large majority, have never participated in a demonstration, have never thought of rioting. We are not for anarchy or communism. We are for the United States of America." He uses his own family to illustrate: "I've got four sons. Only one has gone bad. Another made Phi Deta Kappa at Rutgers in 1964. Another is serving in the Army, where he is more than willing to go to Vietnam. Another is only 10 years old — and, believe me, I want to keep him on the right track. So you see, the son in trouble is in the minority, as are all his revolutionary friends." At first view, it would seem that Claiborne's conception of a black silent majority would be welcomed in troubled times. It is obvious that a youth with a petition in one hand and gun in the other does not speak for Mo-Valley Signs Pact DALAS, Tex. (AP) — The Missouri Valley Conference has signed a two-year contract with options with the Pasadena Bowl calling for the league's football champion to meet the winer of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in the anual December event—probably San Diego State this time. The MVC champion will appear in Pasadena as the eastern representative for the Dec. 19 classic. San Diego State, a nationally ranked power, has been the dominant factor in PCAA football, he Aztecs stormed to the conference championship in 1969 and then defeated Boston University 29-7 in last year's Pasadena Bowl game. The MVC's last post-season bowl game representative was Tulsa which earned a bid to the 1965 Bluebomnet Bowl. Game chairman Bob Cheney of the Pasadena Jaycees hailed the new contract as a progressive step in the future of the Pasadena Bowl. "A tieup witih the Missouri FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bollen ETHEL. V" ©oess, Times Herald, Carroll, la. 1 C Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1 970 " ^ a majority of any race. Still, Claiborne's committee is under attack. Exoectedly, militants taunt the idea. A. Washington black power believer says: "Uncle Tom is too good a word for them." Also, some liberals are rapping Claiborne. Not for his group so much as for what they believe his political motives to be. He is a former Republican committee worker, and the charge is that he's "finking for Nixon," trying to beef up Republicanism among blacks (currently about 10-12 per cent). He made a national organizing trip last spring. Leading Republicans have admitted sponsoring it. For his part, Claiborne denies all charges. He says he's not a whiteface or a Nixon ploy. He admits to being Republican, he admits many of his committee members are too. "But we're not in this for politics, we're in it for America." America, then, is the theme. And the idea will be to foster construction not destruction, optimism rather than pessimism in the Negro community. Claiborne says anti- violence programs will soon. be put into effect which will encourage participation within the system, jobs for the poor and a crackdown on crime. The usual organizational ..I'M tr-e Valley Conference and the PCAA adds strength to the Pasadena Bowl game just as the relationship between the PAC 3 and the Big Ten added strength to the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game," said Cheney. Louisville is currently leading the MVC. Friends Are A Nice Thing To Have... I N T I R N ATI CHQ)A L THIS EMBLEM IS THE SIGN OF GOOD BUSINESS AND GOOD FRIENDS. For information call: Phone 792-3609 paraphernalia will be used —• bumper stickers showing the American flag over a black and white handshake; three-inch lapel buttons showing the same thing; window seals, newsletters, speeches, rallies and so on. Financing is "by donation." Work is "volunteer." Miracles "aren't expected." 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