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EDITORIALS *r ,-.. Criticisms of.Our Public Schools Should Be Fair THITHER!' on his own or by assignment a -M writer 1 * f or Collier's recently labored and -brought forth an article which was patently designed to make modern public school education look bad. \ That r was clearly the preconceived notion of the author of the piece and all his · talent was directed to seeking out supporting material for his premise. He really strained pretty hard. It goes without saying, of course, that he would lay major stress on the widespread neglect of the fundamentals of education, reading, writing and spelling. Come to think of it, this was the major criticism directed against the p u b l i c schools a half century ago and the writer's mother had a like recollection about her schooling in Civil War days. Somehow or other the aura of perfection surrounding the education of the "good old days" seems never to have been recognized and applauded at the time of its existence. tOOK BELOW/ THE SCORE By Buescher ETTING back to the article, one example cited to discredit spelling was the purported product of a "standard achievement test" in the fourth grade of a Minneapolis school. The teacher, according to the article, asked her children to write down a paragraph which she slowly read. It started: "We 'have 'a tiny white kitten we call Snowball. She is very wise and gentle and learns many tricks which make us laugh » · · · And here's what one of them wrote: "We have a eine weit keite we coldit sbwball. She is var weis and gant and lers meane trist wait make us leaf . . . " It sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? And it would be bad if it had happened just the way it was represented in the article. But on checking up on the facts, the Minneapolis Tribune found a situation only remotely resembling the one mirrored in the Collier piece. rpHE test was given to a limited num- "'-*- ber of fourth grade students within the first two weeks of the school year. Twenty of the words in the test were new to the youngsters. They had never had them in a spelling lesson because they were words taught in the fourth grade. The idea was to repeat the test in May to serve as a gauge of the effectiveness of the year's spelling instruction. It was inevitable that many words would be mispelled in view of the special nature of the test. Even so, one-fourth of the children spelled 15 or more of the 20 new words correctly, and half the children spelled eight or more of the new words correctly. rpHAT, of, course, .put an entirely dif- J- ferent light on the subject, the Tribune points out, noting that it 'is easy to discredit a school system on the basis of a few well chosen superficialities. Incidentally we're waiting for an amended report on the situation in Massachusetts where, according to the same piece in Collier's, children are never taught to write anything more than their own names. "Our public schools are not perfect nor are the teaching methods employed in them," the Minneapolis newspaper observes, but logically concludes that "they will never be improved as a result of ignorant or half-baked criticism." S u c h criticism reflects unfairly on school administrators, teachers and children alike. Apologies to Lincoln "UWEN though taxes aren't ordinarily J-J looked upon as a laughing matter, we feel quite sure that this little dissertation on the subject from a Charleston, S. Car., Lions Club Bulletin will give you a chuckle : "Two score and ;one years ago our fathers brought forth ; upon this nation a new tax, conceived in 'desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. "We are now engaged in a great mass of calculations testing whether this tax-payer, so confused and^so impoverished, can long endure. We are met ori Form 1040. We have come to dedicate a large portion of our income to a final resting place with those men who here spend their lives that they may spend our money. "It is altogether anguish and torture that we should do this, but in a legal sense we cannot evade, we cannot cheat, we cannot underestimate this tax. The collectors, clever and sly, who 'compute here have gone far beyond our poor power' to, add and subtract. j"0ur creditors will little note nor long remember that^we 'pay here, but the Bureau of. Internal Revenue fc'fn never forget: that we report here. It is rather for. us to be dedicated to the great task; remaining .before us-^that from ; these \yan-. IsbW^ dollar* 'we take increased devotion to the fcw, : r*;'F,and that we here highly resolve ttut tM'.next year will not 'find us in a higher Income bracket." IT'S BEEN SAID: The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere t h e y breathe.--Jean Paul Richter. It's to be assumed that in a new Russian history of the world, a product of 200 writers, the period before Karl Marx will be passed over lightly. · , If rigid price supports are so wonderful, how come all the slump in farm prices these past two years has taken place under them? Little Harry is going to be a mighty gloomy person if his gloomy predictions for America don't pan out. Until the advent of 3-D in the printing art, seed catalogs just can't be made any more seductive. The chronic liar must develop a good memory so he'll remember what his last story was. Russian diplomats know only one song. Neither the words nor the music ever change. Memo to Motorists: Assume that it's always train time at a grade crossing! Pros and Cons Some Interesting Viewpoints Gleaned From Our Exchanges Won't Run Against Hubert Fairmont Sentinel: Add to the list of distinguished Minnesotans who have turned down an invitation to run on the Republican ticket against United States Senator' Plubert H. Humphrey, the name of Governor C. Elmer Anderson. Now if all the boys who say "no" will get together and vote en bloc for the Republican candidate, whomsoever he may be, Hubert will be TIS good as licked. Good Sfarf Emmetsburg Reporter: T h e proposed 1955 budget, whatever faults Congress may find in it, marks a step in the right direction. It involves expenditures of $65,600,000,000, and estimates a deficit of under $3,000,000,000. By contrast, the 1954 budget submitted by the outgoing administration called for $78,000,000,000 of spending, and a deficit of ckse to $10,000,000,000. This Is a Challenge Austin Herald: Seriousness of the plight of many farmers and thousands of farm workers in drought stricken areas of Missouri becomes more evident daily. The blow from the loss of crops last summer is now being felt the most. There just isn't anything for many of these people to do but appeal for charity. Hoegh Strong Candidate Charles City Press: At this moment two facts stand out in the seven-man race for Republican nomination for Iowa governor: Atty. Gen. Leo A. Hoegh of Chariton at the moment appears to be the strongest candidate in the field. Four-Cent Postage Algona Advance: The four-cent postage rate for the first class mail may pass congress. It puts the bigger burden on big business, wholesale user of maiJ. The increase for the average citizen will not amount to much in a year. Blessing of Fluoride Charles City Press: Charles City is fortunate to have an adequate amount of fluoride in a natural state in its drinking water. This is a favorable circumstance both from the standpoint of health and economics. A Bit of Courtesy Northwood Anchor: A bit of courtesy and good sense would solve the parking problem, as well' as many other traffic problems. Editorial of the Day AGREEMENT DEVELOPING ON TRADE QRESCO TIMES-PLAIN DEALER: Within the v -'last two decades great changes have occurred among the ranks of those who emphasize the dependence of the United States upon free trade. To us nothing points out the nature of this change as much as two articles appearing in recent issues of national magazines. In the current issue of Harpers, Eugene Hoi- man, chairman of the Board of New Jersey's Standard Oil Company, one of the nation's giant firms, pleads for free trade because "it has become imperative to restore trade and«to rebuild the'economies of other nations not only for humanitarian and commercial reasons, but for the most fundamental of reasons--self preservation." In addition, as Mr. Holman points out, the United States must find an outlet for its great productivity. Americans of business acumen have come to realize that decreased barriers .to-effective-interchange of the world's goods is a must if the world, of which America is a part, is ever to become strong and free. Remember? 10 Y E A R S AGO CLEAR LAKE--Kenneth O. Knutson, who enlisted in the Navy Dec. 28, 1941, writes bis parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Knutson, that he was recently promoted to the rank of storekeeper, petty officer third class. He is now stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Knutsons revealed today. 20 Y E A R S AGO Mason City is to get a shipment of 4,600 pounds of cheese one of these days. The cheese, sent by the government, is to be distributed among the needy of the city. The Mason City consignment is part of two carloads of cream cheese, 80,000 one- half pound packages, that have arrived in Iowa for distribution. 30 Y E A R S AGO A new federal building in Mason City will cost $300,000, according to an estimate submitted by the Secretary of .Treasury to p u b l i c building grounds committee of the House of Representatives^ a report of'which has been received here. This is $75,000 more than was contained in a recommendation made last year. 40 YEARS AGO , At a meeting held yesterday in their offices in the Adams block th'e Law Land Company formed a new corporation of $200,000 capital, of which half the amount is paid up. The officers elected are R.- C. .Lublens, a \vell known banker at St. Ansgar as president; R. A! Law, secretary, and H. E. Law, treasurer, who with Harry Abbott of this city form the directorate of the new organization. 0 AUSTRIA O 'PEACE IN Observing To Your Health! Roving Reporter NEW AIDS OVERCOME HANDICAPS AMERICANISM WEEK By Herman N. Bundesen, M. D. A DVICE is one of the few commodities given more easily than received. Certain individuals, of course, are dependent on others and find it difficult to make their own decisions. Most of us., however, like to render advice, but -are often not emotionally matured to the point where we can accept assistance gracefully. This is especially .true in. I dealings with the handi- 1 capped person. To them, in- I dependence is a very impor- ] tant factor. They try to do [as much as possible for themselves by themselves. I However, this is often im- Ipossible and t h e y must I accept help. DR. BUNDESEN This being the "century of the gadget," modern mechanics and ingenuity have devised many methods by which the handicapped and ill can rely on mechanical aids and devices which permit them various activities they would otherwise be denied. The experience obtained by the handicapped in doing for themselves with mechanical aid is very rewarding. They can gain m a n y new freedoms by themselves. : Such primary aids as wheel chairs, crutches, and artificial limbs have been used for years. Special types of eating utensils have now been devised which enable people with all types of difficulties to eat independently. Numerous devices for moving around and carrying out nearly every type of activity have been produced for the handicapped. Persons handicapped by the loss of a hand can learn to dp a two-handed task with only one hand. For example, tying a necktie or shoelace may seem awkward at first, but it soon becomes a fairly easy task. The most important factor, however, is still the idea of independence. The handicapped person can lead a life of efficiency, happiness and comfort. Where there is a will, there is a way. Question and Answer Mr. F.: Will a basement apartment cause rheumatism because of the dampness? Answer: While a d a m p , - d a r k , cold basement apartment is undesirable for all h u m a n beings, it will not produce rheumatism by itself. A person has to have diseased joints before rheumatism occurs. A person suffering from this disease, however, should avoid such environment. THEY'LL DO IT EVERY tlME By Hal Boyle of the AP "NJEW YORK'WV-What is America? What does it ·*-^ mean to be an American? This is "Americanism Week," and these questions are being discussed from pulpit and platform. Yet they are questions that each man must search his own heart through to find his own answers. And many answers have been given since Patrick Henry said in a speech in the Continental Congress on Sept. 5, 1774: "I am not a Virginian, but an American." Just to refresh your own thinking, here are some observations, serious and not so serious, about the land of the free and the home of the brave: "I am willing'.to love'all mankind, except an American"--Samuel Johnson. ". . . Knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its--America's--inhabitants t h a t it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom"--King George III. 1782. "America means opportunity, freedom, power" --Emerson. · "Equal and exact justice to all men . . ."-Thomas Jefferson. . "The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for 300 years"--Oscar Wilde. "Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of alt men, in all lands everywhere"--Abraham Lincoln. "Most Americans are born drunk . . . They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne . . . Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything" --G. K. Chesterton. "This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum"--Elbert Hubbard. "The first requisite of a good citizen in this · Republic of ours is t h a t he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight"--Theodore Roosevelt. "The cement of this union is the heart blood of every American"--Thomas Jefferson. "Put none but Americans on guard tonight"-George Washington. "The desire for riches is their ruling passion" --Due de la Rochefoucalt-Liancourt, after a visit here in 1798. "I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have made a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day's work like a happy child at play"--Albert. Einstein, 1931. By Jimmic Hatlo ITfe WOT SEWTIMEMTAL TWIS WAV ME CAM WIDE BEMIMD rr WHILE. ME /VOOERNIZED STRAWBOSS MUST HAVE SLEPT OM TMAT DESK- KILL OL' STRAW ID HAVE TD PART WrTH IT'- ME A1VJT SO OLD ROLL-TOP DESK.' WAY TO GET OF TMAT COVERED V/A60KI IS TWE OLD BEAR THERE'S ALWAYS ONE 6Uy WMO FI6MTS THE WHEELS OF PROGRESS" ThUWX AND A TIP OF - · · · ! · : T)-lEMATl.O MAT IrTbBOB MOTZ, HOTEL Why Ancients Ate Sponges was interested in the in; formation-passed along by the Iowa State Department of Health to the effect that the an- cient'Greeks and Chinese included sponges and sea wccti in their diet. And there was good-reason for it. In some manner those canny ancients discovered that the inclusion of these strange things in their diet, along with shrimp and crabs, had a tendency to prevent goiters. The reason for this--as we know and 'they didn't know--was that these products of the sea contain t r a c e s of iodine, still the best known preventive of goiter. Fortunately we moderns don't have to depend on ground sponges to make up for the iodine deficiency. Most .markets sell iodized salt and by- using iodized salt the body gets all the iodine it needs. It was back in 19M when research showed t h a t the internal secretion of the thyroid gland contained 65 per cent iodine that iodine was found to prevent goiter. In some sections of the country water has traces of iodine. Sometimes iodine is f o u n d in vegetables which pick up the iodine from the soil, but in sections of the country where neither water nor soil contain iodine, t h e thyroid gland becomes enlarged, and this is known as goiter. Minute traces of iodine are needed daily to prevent this. Iodized salt is economical and an e a s y way of obtaining daily amounts of iodine. Not all salt is iodized, however. Iodized and plain salt stand side by side on the grocery shelves. The choice is entirely up to the customer, and since Iowa is fairly low in iodine, the use of the iodized salt is advised by the Iowa Slate Department of Health. It is much easier to prevent goiter than to cure it. Just P l a i n Stupid h a v e before me a maga- ! zine article speculating on w h a t would happen if all middle age voters got together and cast their ballot en bloc. That strikes me as being about the silliest subject that has been broached in modern times. What would be a possible unifying force for such, a development? Things must be getting mighty tough in t h e ' m a g a z i n e field when a publication gives over space to such an utterly stupid piece. California's Drivers see by n news dispatch that 0 million Californians now hold driver licenses. That's roughly four time as many as in Iowa. Forty per cent of the California total o£- drivers arc in the region about Los Angeles and San Diego referred to as "Southern California." Building a d e q u a t e highways and holding down traffic mishaps for that many drivers is a king-size problem, you'll havo to a d m i t . Information, Please! 1. Which is the Beehive Stale? 2. Who was head of the G e r m a n Luftwaffe (Air Force) in the Battle of Britain, in World War H? 3. Can you n a m e the rulers of England's Tudor dynasty? 4. What was the birthplace of the giant Goliah? 5. By w h a t other n a m e arc the Ten Commandments known? Answers--1. Utah. 2. Herman Gocring. 3. Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, M a r y and Elizabeth I. 4. Gath, a city of ancient Phi- lisli, Palestine. 5. The Decalogue, To THE JUNIOR CHAMBER OF C O M M E R C E -- f o r its recognition of the press and radio in awarding certificates of appreciation to the Globe-Gazette and the three Mason City radio stations, KGLO, KSMN and KRIB and expressing therewith the thanks of t h a t organization for the m a n y contributions made by these organizations to the welfare of the community. Did You Know? The Haskin Service EDITOR'S NOTE: Header* mint » h l « service f o r questions of fact--not coun- iel--should aicn lull n a m e and and inclose 3 cents for return postage. A d d r e u The Maion City Globe-Gazette I n f o r m a t i o n Bureau. 1OTO E j e Street JS'.E., Washington S, D.C. Is bone living matttr? Bone is alive and is Icept alive just like the other organs of the body. When did the Rule* of the Road for ships at sea go into effect? Since 1889, the majority of seagoing nations of the world have sailed under the "International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea," generally called "Rules of the Road. The latest revision of these Rules went into effect on J a n . 1, 1954. Small craft as well as large ships come under these 32 regulations, which apply everywhere except in inland WE- terways. W h a t is the brightest planet in the sky during the month of February, 1954? Jupiter, which is brighter this month than any heavenly object except the. moon. How long is the count of 10 in a prize fight supposed to take? According to the Marquis of Queensberry rules, a man knocked clown must rise in 10 seconds or the contest is lost. What is a time ball? Before the advent of radio, many cities supplied a daily check on clocks by means of a ball, pulled up to the top of a pole so placed as to be readily visible. By means of electrical contact the ball was released at an exact announced time, usually noon. What is the new method of controlling the rabbit pest in Australia? The rabbits are inoculated with myxomalosis, a mosquito- borne infection which is harmless to man and livestock but deadly to rabbits. Epidemics of this disease are expected to control the pest but not How long ;was the Soviet Union at war with J a p a n in World War II? Five days. The Soviet Union declared war on Japan as of midnight Aug. 9, 1945. Japan surrendered on Aug. 14. Who is the Father tif the House of Representatives? The member of the House of Representatives who has the longest record of continuous service is known as "The Father of the House." Former Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn of Texas, is now the "Father." His service began on March 4, 1913, in the 63rd Congress. At what age did th« long-distance fwimm.r, F I o r en e · Chadwick, learn to twiro? Miss Chadwick, the daughter of a San Diego policeman, has been swimming since she was five years old. Before she turner! professional in 1945, she had won 75 oups and 300 medals. Today's Birthday S I R C E D R 1 C H A R D W 1 C K E , born Feb. 19, 1893, in Worcestershire, England, son of a physician. This famed a c t o r was knighted in 1934 for h i s contribution to England's dramatic art. Has run the g a m u t of theatrical p e r f o r ma n c e s from Shakespeare to Shaw to Show- SIR CEDRIC HA.ROWICKE ScrVCCl 1H British Army during World War I. He has appeared in m a n y Hollywood movies such as "Wilson" and "Keys of the Kingdom." His latest Broadway success was in "Caesar and Cleopatra." What is the estimated total of delinquent c h i l d r e n in the United States? In 1D52 there were 385,000 "legally delinquent" children; that is, they were referred to juvenile courts. It has been estimated that juvenile delinquency cases will involve about a million children this year. Does mildew actually destroy clothing? M i 1 d e w is a fungus growth t h a t eventually cats into the f i b e r s of cloth, causing serious and permanent damage. It forms in damp, warm, dark unventilated places. At what age do c o m m e r c i a l pilots u s u a l l y retire? Most airline pilots retire at about 42 to 45 years of age, and take up some other kind of work. Mason City Globe-Gazette A LEE NEWSPAPER Issued Every Week Day by tha GLOBE-GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY 121-123 E. State St. Telephone 3800 i9 E 1«TM Cd "" sccond cl! " matter. April 12, 1030, at the PostoHlro at Mason City. Iowa, under the act of March 3, 3879 I.EE P. I.OOMIS-- Puhil.hBr W. EARL HAM J. J E N S E N - citj, : - - - - - Adverllnlnr · Aiit. Bunlneis Mf r. 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