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The Messenger Madisomille, Ky. Tuesday. August 12, 1975 News Analysis icon Colonists rn ForAmer Education Was Big Conce EDITOR'S NOTK Colonial education was rudimentary at best, and heavily laden with religious instruction But it laid the groundwork for the future, schooling generations to come with a revolutionary aim: a people capable of knowing their rights." However, the aim of these institutions remained, by and large, the same secur ing young gentlemen entrance to the ranks of community leadership and clergy Far the general urban public some in struction could be had from newspapers -which increased from none in 1700 to 23 in 1765 libraries, lectures, and even even ing schools. As rudimentary as the early education appears today, it would be a mistake to judge it by modern standards It was at least adequate for the day and laid the groundwork for the future A contributor to James Franklin Rhode Island Gazette, commenting on the paucity of American literature, wrote: In the Rise of States, the Arts of War and Peace. Agriculture and the like are of ne cessity more attended to than erudition and politeness, that comes on of course af terwards when the Golden Age succeeds the Iron nent, spent a lot of time translating classic Greek and Latin works By 1790 academies combining both cur riculums replaced the grammars and dominated education until the advent of the public high school The first North American college. Harvard, opened in 1636 A dozen were already operating in Latin America Intended for the production of Congrega tionalist ministers. Harvard's scholars studied Aristotelian philosophy, classical languages and Hebrew Of the nine colleges in the country by the Revolution, seven were sectarian and all were adapted models of Knglish institutions, as, indeed, was all of American education By 1750 the rays of the enlightenment were showing brightly enough here that schools began to grow more secular, offering more courses in the sciences and politics, for example. Often the volume served several genera tions in a family Frequently when a child finished it he finished his education as well, especially if he lived too distant from a town Historian Clinton Rossiter writes: Most children were cut off completely by custom and economic necessity from secondary and higher education Neither the fact nor the ideal of educational democracy had any standing in early Amer ica." A few moved on to English grammar schools, sort of prep schools for the mercantile class One which opened in New York in 1732 offered math, algebra, geometry, navigation, bookkeeping, and Latin a utilitarian education for the young merchant or planter College bound boys, such as those attending the seven-year course at the Boston Latin School, which opened in 1635 and is the oldest secondary school on the conti or academy, were prepared for the call ings of business A poor boy was fortunate to pick up a smattering of literacy at the free school usually imparted with exhortations to obe dience. thrift and industry intended to offset the examples of his shiftless father A girl of any class seldom received more than a polite education All elementary pupils, many of whom studied only at home, wrestled with five basics instead of the familiar three Rs Beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic were rules of conduct and religon The New England lYimer, the most widely used textbook in the 13 colonies for nearly 200 years after its initial printing in 1690, set the standard It's alphabet was accompanied by couplets heavy on moral admonitions usually based on Biblical incidents, and il lustrated with rough woodcuts, many of them frightening. character of a pupil's studies reflected the social and economic status of his parents More patriots were educated in the home, the tradesman's shop, the field or the church than in the schoolhouse To attend a free public school, where they existed, was tantamount to proclaiming indigency The American colonists first expressed their concern for education in their new wilderness environment 356 years ago this week when the first legislature in America, meeting at Jamestown. Va asked England to send workmen to build a university Colleges, with their classical studies of Greek, Latin, moral philosophy and natural science, were only for the upper crust in the 18th century Children of the middle class served apprenticeships with a craftsman and cribbed their letters on the side. Or, those lucky enough to attend a grammar school Associated Press There was as much preaching as teaching in colonial American schools But that's more than half the children of the period could have told you they never set foot in a classroom From the outset, the primary goal of American education was the support of revealed religion Though secular sciences gained growing footholds in colonial cur-riculums after 1700, it was not until the Civil War that intellectual values superseded those of the Gospel. Even then much formal instruction was denied the majority The duration and L. M. Boyd Says What Others Say fATKZP CALLS rVS" The New Frontier She Dressed In The Kitchen In an extensive study conducted by the John Pierce Foundation it was learned among other things that one in every 25 wiy morning to put on her stockings out of the sight of her husband, every 50 does likewise to put on her bra. And one in every 100 does that, too. to put on her scanties Story goes that a St Louis policeman wrote in a report: The accident victim had his foot decapitated And after much consultation among the senior officers tint police de complsihed anything, the splashdown was another eloquent reminder of the achievement represented in those cone-shaped capsules that carried 24 Americans to the moon and back and helped land 12 of them of the lunar surface. The cooperative spirit of Apollo-Soyuz has led some observers to declare that the "space race" between the United States of America and the Soviet Union is over. In a sense it ended serveral years ago when U.S. space technology overtook and surpassed that of the Russians, whose orbiting Sputnik started it all in 1957. Our space program in the near future is not program in the near future is not likely to be dictated by what the Russians do but rather on making productive use of the technology now at our disposal. A hiatus in U.S. manned space flight will last until 1979. At that time the space shuttle now under development will cut the cost of space launches with a reusable rocket and will vastly increase the range of activities we can conduct in orbit. As the last of the Apollos heads toward a museum we can consider that the covered-wagon era on the space frontier is over. The Apollo spacecraft surely one of the technological marvels of this Of any age made its farewell appearance in flight with the return of our astronauts from the Apollo Soyuz renduzvous. While it remains debatable whether the detente-inspired U.S.Soviet space project really ac- Taken For Ride When Chicago police arrived at the scene of an accident involving a transit bus recently, 'hey found 28 passengers in the bus complaining of injuries, especially those invisible "whiplash" injuries common in motor vehicle accidents. Then witnesses told police there were only five passengers in the bus when the crash occurred. The other 23 people had seen the accident and rushed aboard afterward to be listed as injured passengers. That's depressing evidence of how some Americans view the opportunity to make a fast buck through an injury claim. Legislators should bear this in mind when they make doctors, lawyers, judges and insurance companies the main targets in efforts to hold down skyrocketing insurance rates, esecially those for medical malpractice and auto liability. partment bought 180 dictionaries to pass out among the partrolmen QUERIES FROM CLIENTS "You said George Washington refused to shake ands with anybody during his two terms as president of the United States Didn't that insult a lot of dignitaries A. No. he bowed, instead. Q. "When a light is turned on. how much sooner does a person without eyeglasses see it than a person with glasses?" A One 286 billionths of a second sooner Q. -My name is Debbie. I'm 17 My bust measurement is 31 inches Is that normal?" A Average is 30 1 inches GARLIC If you rub crushed garlic between your palms with sufficient vigor, you'll wind up with the odor of garlic on your breath. Walter Gladdish of Lakefield. England, was 81 years old when he bid goodbye to his 76-year-old wife. She yipped and yapped at him too much about his drinking, he said. He bought an elderly mare named and moved into the stable with her. The hay was comfortable enough The thing about Nobby." said Mr. Gladdish. "is she doesn't snore, she wakes me up with a simple nudge, and when we go for walks, you just don't hear anything out of her except her hooves going clop clop clop Address Mail to Boyd, Box 17076. Fort Worth. TX 76102 yaV. wwrft atari Coplsy News Service )C05 fllitk-H life Earl Beat PEOPLES BANK TRUST CO. PRESENTS .0., THE WEEKLY QUIZ IS PART OF THIS NEWSPAPER'S SCHOOL PROGRAM The Firsf To Expose This Scandal worldscope (10 points for each question answered correctly) 1 Prime Minister Takeo Miki of (CHOOSE ONE: South Korea, Japan) met with President Ford to discuss the two countries' mutual responsibilities under their defense treaty. 2 After signing a contract for $450,000 a year, joe Namath will again be the quarterback of the New York .1 a-Mets b-Giants c-ets newspicture 3 Josip Tito is President of a European communist nation. 4 The period from early July through mid-August when the star Sirius is said to cause erratic behavior in animals and people is called (CHOOSE ONE: Dog Days, Indian Summer). 5 The loss of two-thirds of Brazil's 1976-77. crop to a killing frost is expected to raise prices on the world market. a-coffee b-sugar c-cotton (10 points if you answer this question conectly) Towering 273 feet above ground, the newly-opened (CHOOSE 1 ONE Louisiana, Illinois) Superdome cost lb3 million, it too iu years to plan and build and can seat 97,000. Houston's? By GARTH GAMBLIN I heard someone say the other day that a liberal was someone who thought that everyone, except himself was stupid, and a conserative was someone who was equally con- inced that everyone except himself was a lazy bum As a reporter, I refuse to believe a statement like that without checking it out. In plain English, if that statement is true. I'm going to have to be hit between the eyes with it. What 1 mean is that I will explore every journalistic technique that I can lay claim to in order to be the first to expose this scandal. My first stop was at the main office of Career Liberal, Inc. "What can I do for you the chief liberal asked. "Has someone been discriminating against you because of you stupidity? I explained, i heard a rumor that you liberals thought everyone was stupid except the liberal himself. As a reporter of the highest standing it is my duty to check such rumors out Do liberals believe that everyone is stupid except the liberal "Certainly the 1 liberal replied If. As a reporter of the highest standing it is my duty to check such rumors out. Do liberals believe that everyone is stupid except the liberal himself'' "Certainly the I liberal replied. "However, I can rapidly comprehend why someone with your meager mentality would reach such a stupid conclusion." "It's not my conclusion," I said. "It's a rumor that I'm checking out "Of course, you are." the liberal placated But if you weren't stupid you would have realized that the rumor was not true. But we forgive you. Stupid people have their rights, too." "Somehow I find it difficult to believe that you liberals thing that everyone, excepting yourselves of course, are stupid." "Now see here you'stupid numbskull jerk," the liberal cried. "Are you really so stupid that you believe that a liberal believes that everyone but himself?" "I'm trying to keep an open mind on the subject," I said. "But I do seem to be called stupid every time I open my mouth around here "That would indicate that you should keep you stupid mouth shut the liberal cried "However, you must not-I repeat-you must not arrive at the conclusion that I call you stupid because as a liberal, think you are stupid just because I'm liberal. Why, I'd conclude that you were stupid if heaven forbid I was a conservation." Realizing that I had officially been declared stupid. I decided to seek better treatment at the office of Conservation Unlimited Astrodome has a capacity. sportlight The chief conservation peered through the door crack and asked his secretary, "Who is that no-good lazy bum?" "I'm a reporter," I announced "And I heard a rumor, Not word of truth in it." the conservative declared. "Rumors are a conspiracy of those no-good lazy liberals!" "Is it true that conservatives believe that everyone is lazy except you I asked. "Stupidity!" the conservative snapped "That's even stupid for a no-good biased newspaper man Stupid! "That's what the liberal tagged me." I said. "Oh no!" the conservative cried "Hell must be freezing over!" "What do you mean?" I asked. "I find myself in total agreement with a blasted liberal," the conservative explained "You're not only stupid, but you're lazy to boot!" i "Let's not talk about me anymore," I begged "Just answer my question Do conservatives believe that everyone is stupid?" "Certainly not!" the conservative cried. "And if you weren't such a blasted lazy reporter you wouldn't even bother to ask such an absurd question. But that's too mucht to expect. You're simply too lazy to think up any original questions." "Sir," I said, "it appears to me that you do indeed think that everyone is lazy." "That's absolute rubbish!" the conservative cried "forget the fact that you are a rotten lazy biased reporter and level with me Where did you get the silly notion that a conservative thinks everyone is lazy?" "From the moment I met you you have proclaimed my laziness," I reminded him. "We conservatives are known for calling it like it is," the conservative boasted. "Can we help it if you happen to be a lazy, biased rotten reporter?" Having been declared stupid and lazy in the same day, I decided to call it a day -a long day Today In History Today is Tuesday, August 12, the 224th day of 1975. There are 141 days left in the year Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1898, the peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed after hostilities lasting three months and 22 days. On this date: In 1530, troops of the Holy Roman Empire restored the Italian city of Florence to the Medici family. In 1851, Isaac Singer of Pittstown, Y. was granted a patent on his sewing machine. In 1914, Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary at the start of World War I. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met at sea to draft the Atlantic Charter. OBe year ago: All eight members of a team of Soviet women mountain climbers died as they tried to scale the third highest mountain in the USSR. Lenin Peak. Thought for today; God made the country and man made the town. newsname (10 points if you can identify this person in the news) The Organization of Amnrii Slates lifted the rl r. eleven-year-old political and economic sanctions A. 1 aeainst mv country. incc (2 points for each question answered correctly) 1 The English game of rounders was played as early as 1744. Transported to the U.S., it eventually developed into the "National Pastime" of a-baseball b-basketball i -volleyball 2 Dutch who settled in what is now New York City in the 1600's brought Iheil version of a lawn game and played it in a section of lower Manhattan still called (CHOOSE ONE: Bowling, Badminton) Green today. 3 Sometimes called the "Sport of Kings," (CHOOSE ONE: croquet, horse racing) in the U.S. got its start on a course on Long Island one hundred years before the Declaration of Independence. 1959 1 have been the head of the only communist nation in the Western Hemisphere. What's my name and what country an amateur sport c-basketball 4 George Washington was skilled at popular at colonial festivities, a-wrestling b-table tennis do I head? matchwords (4 points for each correct match) 1 spectacle a-container 2 receptacle b-card game 3 pinnacle compressive public display 4 pinochle d-marvelous Of supernatural event 5 miracle e-peak, highest point Benjamin Franklin is credited with popularizing in the U.S. a traard game employing black and white pieces called men. What is this game? roundtable Wb messenger Thn Soma I The com rat of ihn paf pramu vww not mrmirly dial of TV Hmmjtr hut lor your bmrfli Tnoar inicHji our UK am fUBOl of Family discussion (no score) Do you think President Ford has done a good job in his first year as President? Why or why not? MM i.wmof: wiis.T PulilMHW Mrtl.ll.HAS Advniuunf Director TM.iYia Pnm Roam ftmnwi YOUR SCORE: 91 to 100 points TOP SCOREI II to 90 points Excellent. 71 to 80 points Good. 61 to 70 points Fair. 81 1 75 VEC. 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