Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 14
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How Good Are Schools in Iowa? By WILLIAM SHERMAN T)lrprinr of rnWiratlnns nnd I'nliHcKy for thr Iowa Stiilr Kilitonllon AssorlKlinn.) (IMMHIuitrt! b\ thr Imvn Onlly Prois Assnrlntlun) DES MOINES - How good are lo\va schools? Trying la answer thr question is not easy. Comparisons and ratings of state and local .school performance nro almost non-existent. The few attempted comparisons that have been made put Iowa schools in a favorable position. The Council for Basic Education of Washington D. C. believes lhat one way to compare high school students of the various state is to check the way they score on the merit scholarship tests given each spring Iowa high school juniors ranked ninth in the nation according to figures released by the Council last fall. The U.S. Office of Education believes that another way of comparing high male student performance can be obtained by reviewing military induction test results. Test r c s u 1 1. s released by the selective service show that Iowa has the lowest percentage of selective service draftees failing pre-induction and induction mental tests in the country. According to 1965 figures only 5.2 per cent of the lowans taking these tests failed them. Another way of evaluating schools is by examining their holding power or dropout rate. Again. Iowa rates very well. According to National Education Association figures, 87.9 p$r cent of the ninth grade class of 1962 graduated from Iowa high schools In 1966. Only Minnesota and California had a better rating. Nationally only 77.3 per cent, of the 1962 ninth- graders graduated in 1966. Most lowans know the state has the highest, literacy rate in the nation. This indicates that Iowa schools arc doing a pretty good job of teaching students to read and write. Together these factors indi- i cate Iowa has good schools and that the students who graduate i from these schools compare 'very favorably with the.ir counterparts from other states. But there are other factors that indicate that Iowa's schools arc still not as good as they could he. A state-wide Ph.D study done by Dr. Perley Brunsvold, former Mason City superintendent, showed that in 1964-65 more than one-third of Iowa's high school teachers taught classes outside their major area of preparation in college. Brunsvold concluded that "too many Iowa teachers are assigned to teach classes for which they arc inadequately prepared". A national survey done by the North Central Association last spring showed Iowa schools are slow in adopting educational innovations. The North Central findings showed that on the average, Iowa schools had adopted only 4.9 of the 27 innovations studied included newly developed courses in mathematics and science; new technical developments, such as teaching machines; and new organizational systems, such as non-graded schools. More than 150 Iowa schools took part in the North Central survey. Tim** Htrifd, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 Another study made last year showed that science courses in Iowa high schools were not noticeably different than those taught in 1958 when the Soviet Sputnik launching stirred U. S. efforts to upgrade science teaching. Th study made at the University of Iowa by Harold Crawley, Jr. noted: "The most common activity observed in science classes in both 1958 and 1967 was a question and answer recitation conducted by the teacher." On the average. Crawley found that Iowa schools are now offering fewer laboratory periods each week then they did in 195fl. The itudy was based upon course- offerings and enrollment data from 90 per cent of Iowa's high schools and from visits by the author to 60 schools. How good are your schools? That's a question that must be answered by local teachers and administrators. And, it's a question that had better be answered soon. In Iowa one prominent politician, State Senator David Stanley, has suggested that local schools should be rated to give citizens an indication of how good their schools are. The State Department of Public Instruction has proposed that a plan be developed for evaluating schools which would tell lowans much about the quality of education in their district. SNOW WHITE DEER PRAGUE (AP) - White deer roam a forestry district of Eastern Bohemia, the news agency CTK reports, adding that 12 of the 33 animals are spotless white. The first white deer came there from Persia 250 years ago. Symposium on Highways Set Monday (By lowii Dnlly Prnux As.in.) DES MOINES — A special highway symposium, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, will be held in Des Moines Monday. About 800 members of the contractor trade group, city and county engineers, supervisors, highway officials, state and national government officials are expected to attend. The idea," according to AGO president Robins H. Jackson of Ames, "is to get a consensus of ideas from contractors and 'customer' officials for bettering roads and highways in the state. "Also," he added, "to get everyone working in harmony for a common goal to benefit the taxpayers of the state." Jackson admitted the idea really gathered momentum following criticism by Iowa road, highway and various county officials of the recently-distributed federal standards for secondary roads, calling for wider shoulders, more gentle slopes, wider bridges, and other safety features. Some maintain the new standards would increase construction costs considerably, particularly for land acquisition. "We hope to perform a service to the public in clarifying the intent and objectives of Congress and the B u r e a u of Public Roads f o r improved highway design by bringing together all parties concerned," —NEA Radlo-Telephoto Banned ... in London, the cutaway swimsuit worn by Eva Englander, Miss Sweden, caused Miss World Beauty Pageant officials to blush. They took one look at the suit and ruled it out of competition as "to revealing." Jackson said. "And we hope to obtain better acceptance of the.idea that highways must be designed to higher standards for greater safety for the traveling public," he commented. The highway symposium will feature talks by Congressman William Cramer, Fla., Rep., member of the House Public Works Committee; Ralph M. Phillips, Federal Highway Administrator, Kansas City; Harry Bradley, Jr. Chairman, Iowa Highway Commission; Paul C. Hixon, Mt. Ayr, President, Iowa County Engineers Association and Luther Randall, Gilman, President, Iowa County Supervisors Association. Truckers to Push for an Iowa Convenience., Necessity Law GOBLIN GOOD! (By Iowa Dally Press Assn.) DES MOINES — The Iowa Motor Truck Association announced Saturday it will spearhead a drive in support of a "convenience and necessity" law for truck operators, livestock carriers and grain haulers. A convenience and necessity law would require that the Iowa Commerce Commission determine whether the service is necessary, and would determine if the rates are just and reasonable — not only from the carrier'* point of view but also from the shippers'. Truck operators and livestock carriers now can start in business by filing a $5 permit fee, a tariff and insurance certificate with the Iowa Commerce Commission. Grain haulers, who are contract carriers, may start in business with a $6 permit fee and evidence of insurance. L. E. Crowley, executive secretary of the Motor Truck Association, said both businesses are in "chaotic condition" today because of the lack of an effective law to control operations and because of the lack of commerce commission personnel to enforce the "weak laws now on the books." Proposals for convenience and necessity laws have been introduced in the Iowa legislature many times through the years, with grandfather rights for operators already holding permits. None has been successful. Crowley believes a barrier has been built up in the minds of some legislators against regulating truck operators. But, he said, this is unsound in an industry where almost all other carriers are regulated. In 1965 a convenience and necessity bill was close to passage, but according to the truckers, it was amended to the point that the bill was worthless and it failed to pass. That particular bill was opposed by the Farm Bureau and by meat packers. Members of the legislative committee of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, representatives of the Industrial Traffic League and the Commerce Commission are arranging meetings to study the possibility of rewriting the truck operator law. All have agreed that the present law is outdated and unworkable. Crowley said South Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and other states have convenience and necessity laws for livestock carriers "and it works well." The Motor Truck Association official said in Iowa it is easy to get into the livestock hauling business because of the small filing fee, only $5, and the easy financing for truck tractors and trailers. "As a result, carriers are in and out of the business all the time. Many livestock firms are going out of business or are going through bankruptcy procedures. Livestock carriers must also file a tariff of charges, but many coming into the business do not know their costs and set extremely low tariffs, which forces the tariffs of all good operators down. "After a carrier learns h« can't make it on his low tariff, he goes out of business, leav-. ing the established operator with a low tariff which in many cases is below operating costs," Crowley stated. In the case of the grain hauler (contract carrier), he can get his permit for $6 and evidence of insurance, Crowley related. The truck official said the law states that each contract carrier must carry in his cab a copy of the contract, to show the amount of the shipment and the rate. However, Crowley continued, in practical application, these contracts are not carried because of the lack of enforcement personnel. ~~" ( Nebraska Couple Guests at Dedham DEDHAM — Mr. and Mrs. Ben Heithoff of Elgin, Neb., visited from Thursday afternoon until Friday noon at the Joe Kitt home. Mrs. Kitt is Mr. Heithoff's sister. Mrs. Rose Sporrer entertained the euchre club in her home Thursday. Prizes were won by Mrs. John Weitl, Mrs. Ludwig Seidl and Mrs. John Stangl. Lunch was served. The-. monthly meeting of the Dedham Fire Dept. was held. Wednesday night in the town hall, with 14 local firemen present. Routine reports were read. The men discussed a dance to be held in the future. Attending from Carroll were Clarence Rothmeyer Jr., and Henry Heman, members of the local department. YOUR INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED Right Reserved to Limit EAST COAST FRESH Pint Carton ONLY YOU RECEIVE QUALITY AT YOUR B & H SUPER VALU OYSTERS Also See Us For Any Other Fresh Fryers — Ocoma Turkey Roasts Maple Leaf Ducks — Hams, Etc. 3 BIG DAYS TO SAVE ! Prices effective Wednesday, Nov. 15 OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., thru Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1967 Thurs., Sat. — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. CLOSED ALL DAY THANKSGIVING SUPER VALU CARROLL U.S.D.A. 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