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(Ark.) Courier News - Tuwday, May M, M«T - Fuji It* Jennelle Moorland Gives Answers to Youths, Parents . *.. __...!.,,. »_* n__u««_ <«M |I«IIA ^lirtnlc? n^Pnfi. NrtWnGFft — EDITORS NOTE - For three «ars, a handsome, dynamic poman has guided the affairs of he National Congress of Par- mts and Teachers. She knows he job from both sides; as a larent, mother of two sons and [randmother of eight, and as an iducator, professor of health iducation in the Oregon State System of Higher Education. She retires from the post on Hay 23. Here, in an exclusive luestion and answer session vith The Associated Press, are her views on the problems confronting youth, parents and teachers. By JOY MILLER AP Women's Editor NEW YORK (AP) - Today's youngsters are far more knowledgeable than any previous gen eration, says Jennelle Moorhead, president of the 12-mil- Hon-member National Congress of Parents and Teachers, now lolding its 71st annual convention in Minneapolis, Minn. Yet the biggest problem in education, as she sees it, is in providing "meaningful education for all children," particularly those of the slums. In a question and answer session with The Associated Press Mrs. Moorhead, of Portland, Ore., who retres as congress president Tuesday, also discussed what parents can do about unsatisfactory teachers, why teen-ager take to drug, and whether all children should go to college. * * * Q. What is the National Par ents-Teachers Association doing to discourage teen-agers from pep pills, glue sniffing, marijuana, LSD? , A. We already have produced a great deal of material for parents on these subjects. And the problem, I think, centers in the home and community. As we satisfy the needs of children not only for security and love but for understanding and adventure, too, they won't feel the need to turn to these negative and dangerous substances. * » * I am not convinced, either, .hat such practices are as prevalent as some segments of the press would have us believe. A great majority of American youth today are extremely idealistic. Where we have accused them of thinking only of security and a job, the truth is that much of the unrest on our campuses today relates to their search for a deeper meaning to life. Q. What is the greatest problem today in the field of education? A. How we provide meaningful education for all children, particularly for children in slum areas and that means, to » great extent, for Negro children and youth who are caught in the slums of our urban areas. The national P-TA is greatly concerned about this problem. Q. What is the national P-TA doing about it? A. Part of the problem, of course, is that although disadvantaged parents want better educational opportunity for their children, they feel desperately that there is little they can do to secure it. So the P-TA is undertaking a program directed to the hard to reach parents,aiming to bring them into a positive relationship with the schools. * * * Q. With all the use of computers and electronic devices in classrooms now, do you think it's possible that education may become a victim of its own gadgetry? as good as the teacher who uses them. Programmed learning is only as good as the information put into the program. Actually, to date we're not using nearly the amount of technical gadgetry we have, but the teacher or educator will remain of utmost importance. + * * Q. What can a parent do when he is honestly convinced that his child's teaching is unsuitable and inept? Does it do any good to complain to the principal? A. Of course it does. Go — objectively and not in anger — and talk with the principal and then be willing to listen to all sides of what you view from a narrow, personal view of your own child. Q. Over the years, have you observed any changes in youngsters' attitudes toward studying or making grades? A. Today's generation is far A. Teaching devices are only more knowledgeable than any previous one. Perhaps we have made children overanxious about good grades. We have to recognize that, for their generation, it will be less important to master all the knowledge available than to know | where the information is stored. It will be more Important to develop a mind that is eager to leam than to memorize information that may be outdated tomorrow. Q. Should every child go to college? A. No. But every child should have the opportunity for education beyond high school. Many children do not see that even high school education is relevant to their lives, and we must work to make it so. One of the glaring deficiences in American education today is in technical education that could prepare a child for a meaningful life in our technological society, Q. What do you think about religion and prayer in public By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) — By moving up to the Ben Hai River in Vietnam's buffer zone U.S. Marines iave brought the allies' front ine about three miles closer to Hanoi. It seems likely this push military balance along the sensitive 17th Parallel that separates the two Vietnams. Few doubt that the Reds will ose some bases in the southern f of the zone, dig ttieir artil- GETTING AN EAR-FUL on the battleground, a Korean soldier nites into a tasty ear of corn plucked from a nearby field, while carrying a mortar shell over his shoulder. The Republic of Korea marine was participating in Gyration" 'Sea Dragon" with U.S. and South Vietnamese troops at Cape Batamgan south of Chu Lai. Hal Boyle 3 Miles Closer to Hanoi The North Vietnamese may give the decision more urgency, however, with an escalation of their own. They have usually made" some reply to major U.S. moves. U.S. officers have long been braced for a major test in the sensitive demilitarized zone area where the North Vietnamese, according to allied intelligence, have massed some 35,000 regular troops. Heavy rocket, Jail OI UlC 4U11C) Ulg bllGU. Hi. Mi i^guitu. " w~j-~. - .j ery in a little deeper elsewhere artillery and mortar reinforce" ments have recently poured in and continue the bitter war of attrition that is Marines heavily. costing the and the Reds have begun to nestle SAM sites, for the big Soviet Strategic Air Command bomb-] ers were too vulnerable to Red missiles like those that once downed a .U2 over the Soviet Jnion. Startlingly one-sided victories are scored but the Red units reappear, their ranks filled increasingly with replacements. The U.S. Air Force hopefully believes it can alter that seeming stalemate in a short period when the bad weather over North Vietnam clears with the changing of the monsoon season, due any day. It is widely accepted that LlC OniVl iMLCO, iUl Lii^ «J*ij "u.*wi, — — H . _ antiaircraft missiles, right on | despite : some waning enthusi ' asm the enemy command still If the Marines want a spoiling battle, they will have to go deeper. And that decision rests with Washington. There is no question that some Marines, and some soldiers, would wel-— — come the chance, but the offi- ! Force to stop B52 raids in the cial view in Saigon is that theyjzone area at a time when they the northern border of the demilitarized zone. * * The arrival of the SAMs that feels it will gain a political-mill' tary victory in South Vietnam. The U.S. antidote to this has won't get it. far south caused the U.S. Airibecome "unrelenting pressure, coupled with greater emphasis on pacification programs paralleling military campaigns. Pes- Iwere needed. The high-altitude Legalized Frog Wins Jump NEW YORK (AP) - Jumping to conclusions: Butchers - or at least their thumbs - are getting more honest. A generation ago it was commonplace' for butchers to thumb the scales while weighing meat in Border to add to their profit margin; today this kind of commercial chicanery is a dying art form. Most young butchers don't even know how to do it. A woman rarely feels more nervous than when she is wearing a borrowed wig to a wed- An author may be a literary lion to the public, but to his publisher he more often seems an ungrateful trained bear with bad manners. Wise men through the ages have preached 'the advantages of moderation in living and the disadvantages of excess. But until a' fellow has had a really rough hangover himself the virtues of sobriety are only hearsay. Unless he is a schoolteacher or a copy editor, any guy who has to call attention to mmselt by using a ball point pen with red ink is in pretty pitiful shape. If he wants to show off, he could do much better by learning how to balance a paper clip upright on the tip of his nose. Many an office worker is unafraid of automation because he : does so little that the boss knows it wouldn't pay to put in an expensive machine to take his place. Nothing makes a middle-aged city dweller siph for his lost youth more than the sight of two pigeons courting on a sidewalk. The most famous hostess in America is the Statue of Liber- tv But not one out of five persons in the New York City area has taken the trouble to ride out across .the harbor and visit her home base. You always have a feeling that evolution has gone astray when you see a knock-kneed girl in • miniskirt walking along with • bandy-legged guy ui summer shorts. Anybody who asks what it costs U feed c Great Dane can t really afford to own one. The conversation of long-dis- ance truck drivers is usually more interesting than that of he average successful banker — because life is inherently more interesting than money. One of the hardest causes to collect dough for today would be a fund to help impoverished doctors. Housewives are more aware of what is going on in the world now than their husbands. They read their newspapers more .horoughly and give more atten- ;ion to radio and television news jroadcasts. By LYLE W. PRICE I ANGELS CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A bumblebee-fed frog named after an Air Force missile has outjumped 2,000 of his cousins from around the world to become the new "celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County." With three might leaps before crowd of 60,000 Sunday, Sidewinder. IV showed his flickering rebfeet to such also-rans as an Australian entry with a kanga- oo jump, an invisible Hawaiian rog that disappeared into the tands and a human "frog." Sidewinder's leap of 1' feet, 11 inches makes him not only cele- rated, but with the $300 title money, about the richest frog round. Owner Mike Voitich, Stockton, Calif., tavern owner and 25-year rog jump veteran, promised his ,ntry such rewards as escape Remember Pay Your I'aper Boy TRADE UP NOW TO A YAZOO BlGWHEEL JUST ARRIVED! TRUCK LOAD OF LAWN MOWERS All Sizes & Prices "CREDIT AVAILABLE" FONDREN & Sens Hardware and Gifts Free Parking In Rear 311 W. Main Ph. PO 3-452( from the Monday morning frying pan, rest and all the bumblebees he can handle. "I've been jumping frogs for 25 years," Voitich declared after the victory. "I've got my own pond. First you find them, then you feed them bumblebees, then you start training them two weeks ahead of time. I won't tell you the rest. It's a professional secret." Grandson Mike Guisto, the trainer, offered a hint to suc- Belli that certifies I'm a frog,' 1 insisted Bonamour, a 22-year- old student at Hayward, Calif., Junior College. "The fifth dictionary defini tion of a frog is a Frenchman — and I want to jump," he declared. Officials said he wouldn't qualify unless he could stay un der water for 15 minutes and leap from all fours. Bonamour, a scuba diver, offered to do so but his claim was disallowed. * * * 'You hit the floor behind him and if he won't jump, you tickle him." A legal hassle swirls around Victor B. Bonamour of Burdeaux, France, who appeared in an all-green outfit and jumped 19 feet, 10 inches. "I've got a court writ from San Francisco attorney Melvin simists among high U.S. officials see the effort taking a decade. Optimists speak of two to three years, hoping for "the snowball effect to success." It is generally felt that despite the major campaign shaping up in the Marine-held provinces, he military war is in a moment of indecisiveness. U.S. commanders see their gains thus far as solid but not decisive. They look to the next six months for some better indication of the future. Within that time the U.S force level will near 480,000 men, said to be fewer than Gen. 'illiam C. Westmoreland wants ut about all he appears sure to et at present. Staff planners in Saigon have many more ideas. They hope o keep the Communist regulars nd hard-core units isolated as ;ver before. But at the moment U.S. offl- ers are less inclined to make weeping predictions than they were earlier. i can muster facts for gloom and doom predictions or I coulc give you the silver-lining igures," one senior commander emarked. "I think we're winning. I'm sure we're winning But I know he — the Viet Cong — thinks he's winning too." chools? A. I think there has been a great deal of misunderstanding ibout the matter of prayer in public schools. The court decision dealt with a formal prayer, mandated by a government agency. Many schools today, on he other hand, give children he opportunity to pray each in heir own way. The P-TA believes every child jhould have an opportunity to develop a religious faith and we recognize that its development is more a matter of the religious Deliefs and practices of parents and the community than of the schools. Q, Do you think that busing children from one neighborhood to another to achieve racial balance within the classroom is effective? A. The question may be, does the slum child learn better and assimilate some of the broader cultural background available if IB is moved out of a slum area? Studies show that he does. Still, the question ef busing rcust be decided on a local level, between the core city and the suburbs. Certainly, we must do something about the separation >elween the Negro-populated core city and the white suburbs, and we shall have to do it soon. Possibly the answer lies in establishing educational parks. Q. In a P-TA bulletin you said hat "schools and other services for children have not kept pace with the exploding child population and children's expanding needs. Nowhere — not even In the most favored community —. are all children served well or equally well." What can be done, about this? .-'• -> A. We are going to have.Jft' have greater concern for all children. And there Is no question but that it will involve pour-' ing in vast sums of money as well. We grumble about the amount of money we have to provide for remedial work, in the Job Corps, for example, but it is necessary simply because we haven't given enough thought < or time or money to meeting ; the needs of these youth in the first place. Fred likes to stay on top of things. Like your bumper. Slow down and let him pass. And, keep. checking that rear view mirror.] It's another good way to ... .... Watch out lor the other guy. Fubliihri la iivi llm In CM i> tut tan «llh Tfe*AJ<itlilir>lCeuncll ind Tb« Nitiowl Sifttj C The Moros are inhabitants of the southern Philippines. KNAPP SHOE Counselor In Breir Month MALCOLM JOHNSTON 11M Lanrant ED 3-lS7f Cuuthenville, Mo. nnouncma John Logan Now Associated With The Max Logan Realty Company Phone PO 2-2500 Max Logan Realty Co. 620 Chickasawb* Ave. CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank all our friends who have been so helpful and thoughtful;, during the prolonged illness of Bill Miller. We especially appreciate those of you who donated blood and who offered your prayers and best wishes for his recovery. Our special thanks to Rev. Alvis Carpenter and to the people in Blythevilte who we feel are the best in the world. Jlie Clair tl/liller . "IS IT TRUE NEWSPAPER BOYS GET HIGHER HARKS?" It's o proven fact. And it's easy to understand. Newspaperboys are o dependable group, they have the discipline to study at the proper time. When a boy takes charge of a. newspaper route he's going into business for himself. He learns to budget his time; he learns how to handle money and to do o bit of bookkeeping. And he gains the self-confidence that tomes through rer sponsibility. And with en Independent income.of his own, o newspaperboy can start saving for the things he'll want in the not-too- distant future. If you're 12or ever ondyou'd like the experience of handling o newspaper route, just fill out this coupon. 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