Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 89
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July 4, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 89

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eeping Up...With Qtouth SARAH PATTERSON Tke Teem-AgciNtverut Ever hear of Sarah Patterson, a 17-year-old English girl? You soon will. Sarah is a novelist. She wrote her first novel, "The Distant Summer," when she was 14. The book has been published and serialized in England, picked up fowcondensation by Reader's Digest and three book clubs. The U.S. rights have been sold to Simon Schuster and Pocket Books, and the film rights have been bought by producer David Susskind. Sarah's father, author of "The Eagle Has Landed," writes under the name of Jack Higgins. It was his agent who peddled Sarah's novel, which deals with the Royal Air Force fliers of 1943 and the girls who fell in love with them, particularly a rear gunner and a vicar's daughter. Sarah is currently hard at work on a second novel about a girl of 21 and her adventures during World WarJI. Jo* Biff ffcr Traffts The House of Representatives has passed a bill creating a Young Adult Conservation Corps. It authorizes the employment of young people 19 to 24 in national parks and forests. by ^Pamela Swift If the Senate OK's the bill, the legislation will provide for 1.2 million Jobs over four years. Its supporters point out that such legislation will reduce the high rate of unemployment among young people and improve our national parks. At the moment there exists a Youth Conservation Corps which offers summer jobs for teen-agers. President Ford, whose son Jack was a forestry major at Utah, has announced no post tion on the MIL In the past, however, he has opposed other public employment bills, criticizing them as costly bureaucratic make-work projects. Fe«r«f Foi/inv Fear of failure is a serious problem haunting many of the nation's most promising college students. According to Richard G. Beery, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley, the fear problem has its roots in a society which teaches young people to equate their abilities with their sense of personal worth. This fear of failure causes varied reactions in students. Some develop poor study habits or no study habits at all. Others become apathetic and aimless, A third group becomes compulsive "overachievers." Beery cites the competitive pressure of "failure-oriented classrooms" in which teachers grade on a curve so that students can make good grades only if an equal number make poor grades. He believes that competitive pressures result in a high level of cheating. "Some students," he says, "think nothing of stealing assigned books from the library or ripping out crucial pages in an .effort to handicap others." Beery is trying to solve the fear of failure by counseling students. He has also helped develop an unusual grading system for U.C. Berkeley's Strawberry College, an .experimental program for. freshmen and sophomores based on the seminars in graduate schools. A major ingredient of this system calls for students to be graded against absolute standards clearly defined in the first session of the class. The result is that one student's gain is not accomplished at another's expense, and all students are encouraged to share and cooperate with each other. HoirAfCfii The government of South Korea believes long hair on men is a sign of foreign decadence. Young men who refuse to cut their hair in short style will face arrest and compulsory shearing. Those who resist hair-shearing will be jailed for 29 days. YOUNG BRITISH EXPERT SHOWS HOW ITS DONE Parascendfng One of the newest sports in England is "parascending," and, at age 11, Ross Bradley-Dixon is one of its veterans. Ross has more than 80 liftoffs to his credit. To get him airborne takes only a 25-yard canter and a breeze of 10 miles an hour. Then he has two choices: He can be towed along like a kite until the horses slow down, and he descends gently to the ground; or he can release himself from the towline for free-flight. His parachute can be manipulated to take advantage of the air currents. And Ross has already soared at heights of lOOOfeetandup. Despite his young age, Ross has taken a full course of instruction from his father, Neil Bradley- Dixon, an expert parachutist and a member of the Silent Flight Club of Lancashire. Parascending is based on a wartime technique used by the German Navy. Surfaced U-boats used to launch observers by this method to observe the horizon. In the picture Ross demonstrates his parascending technique with the help of a pair of geldings guided by his friend, Sue Stamper.

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