Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California on April 28, 1964 · Page 15
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Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California · Page 15

San Rafael, California
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Tuesday, April 28, 1964
Page 15
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lé 3tthnigtthrttt-3ottrttal, Tuesday, April 28, 1964 LATIN TAKES ON AN EXCITING AIR 'Dead' Language Comes Alive For Students At Redwood High School By PHIL FRADKIN Caesar still stomps through Gaul and there are the same verbs to conjugate, but somehow the teaching of Latin at Kedwood High School has taken on an exciting air. Far from being a dead language. it is very much alive in the mind of Latin teacher Robert Kuehnl. “Perhaps it is because I am enthusiastic about it, that some of it rubs off on my students.’ he says. Kuehnl strives to make Latin “meaningful in as broad an area as possible.” Latin, which is an elective subject at most high schools, has been relegated to a low position on the academic priority list. However, it survives and manages to hold its own in terms of the number of students taking the four grade- level courses. Kuehnl has about 125 students in his Latin courses this year. A high percentage of these go on to college—almost 100 per cent oi the fourth year students. Students elect to take the course on the advice of their counselors or parents. Those who go on to the third year of Latin have developed a definite interest in the subject, Kuehnl believes. What they get out of four years of study of a language which is not spoken in the world today is the skill of extracting the meaning—but not j necessarily word for word—j of a passage in Latin. Other benefits Kuehnl lists are an understanding of the well-spring of western civilization, the relationship between j the past and the present, and the practical advantage of satisfying the language require- j ments of a university or college. To Kuehnl. Latin is only dead in the sense that the lan- j guage does not change. It is j alive because it teaches discipline and develops logical thinking processes. To speak Latin is not the goal. Rather, it is the advantage of being able to read ancient literature in its original form, according to Kuehnl. To bring the ancient language alive for students, Kuehnl relates the history, drama and art of the Roman and Greek civilization to the present day. Greek civilization is brought into the study of Latin because the Romans borrowed, rather than initiated, their civilization. Last week students in Kuehnl’s third and fourth year classes translated and adapted for a 45-minute production at the school’s open house the play by Plautus, “The Haunted House.” In this play are found the counterparts in modern theater productions of the stock character of the clever servant and the prodigal son deceiving his father. Also, the character of the nurse used by Shakespeare in “Romeo and Juliet" can be found in the 200 B. C. play. Kuehnl’s classes also utilize magazine series on the Greek civilization, television programs and movies—but not “Cleopatra.” although “there are some rather good things in that movie,” according to Kuehnl. To reach the level of reading literature, students must first wade through the first two years where verbs are conjugated and Caesar describes his campaigns. Reading of all of Caesar's campaigns can be tedious, so Kuehnl limits students to one campaign, the crossing to England, and Caesar's descriptions of the Gallic civilization. Kuehnl feels that Caesar, as an individual, is a “fascinating person” and tries to convey this feeling to his students. The reading of Caesar is traditional among second -year Latin classes because h i s simple Latin prepares students for the more complex orations of Cicero. To bring the ancient civiliza-1 tions even more alive to next! year’s classes, Kuehnl will leave this week for a four- j month trip through Greece and Italy. :1-'—T'. •; ~ *•* **• 't STRANGE OBJECT TO LOVE Because the metal watering can has a long neck, this gander is in love with it, apparently taking the device for a lady goose. The bird protests with a meaningful grab at owner Edwin Lindquist’s pant leg when he seeks to remove the can from the gander's area on a farm near Duluth. Minn. (AP Wirephotol Police Question, Release Nurse In Stolen Baby Case Sierra Club Highway 101 View Attacked EUREKA (UPD—Four hundred persons attended a five-hour hearing yesterday on the battle over where to put a freeway along the northern Humboldt County coast. The fight is mainly between those who propose a beach route that would carry the highway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and conservationists who believe such a highway would despoil the park. RIDGE ROUTE Witnesses for the Sierra Club and the Save the Redwoods League said at yesterday’s hearing by the State Highway Division that the highway should follow the so-called “Ridge Route” that would carry it east of the park. However, Carney J. Campion, general manager of the Redwood Empire Assn., said this was the viewpoint of “ultra-preservationists” who seek to discredit the division of highways. Campion charged that the Sierra Club and its “ultra” allies were depicting the highway engineers as “television bad men in black hats who wield chainsaws at night to deceive and despoil the public. He said this was unfair and untrue. POLITICAL BRIEFS Mrs. Schultz Will Open Mill Valley Headquarters Vera Schultz, Democratic candidate for State Senate, will be feted at the opening of her Mill Valley headquarters Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. The headquarters is in the Keystone Building at 90 Throckmorton Avenue. Mrs. Schultz will speak briefly at 4 p.m. Mrs. Hans Schiller of Mill Valley is in charge of the opening ceremonies. There will be refreshments and entertainment, Mrs. Schiller announced. GOP SPEAKERS Two members of the Marin Republican Council speakers’ bureau will discuss “Principles of the Republican Party” before student groups in San Rafael. Tommorow, the senior civics class at 3-R School in San Rafael will hear Roger F. Morse, associate member of the Re- Marin Medics Against Racial Discrimination publican Central Committee and past president of the Marin Republican Council. Next Monday, seniors at San Rafael High School will hear attorney Paul Haerle, member of the Republican Central Committee and executive vice president of MRC. ORCHARD DINNER About 40 persons attended a Novato dinner Saturday night to honor Merle P. Orchard, Ukiah attorney, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress. Mr. and Mrs. William Carpenter were hosts. In answer to a question, Orchard said that non-strategic trade with Red China, if compatible with U.S. national interest, “would have a tremedous impact on the First District in terms of expanded markets for our lumber and agricultural products.” It would also be a boon to the shipping industry, he added. Johnson's Fast Pace Described r I WASHINGTON (UPD — Commerce Secretary Luther H. Hodges said today that President Lyndon B. Johnson is working harder than the late President John F. Kennedy. Hodges told a press conference that Johnson’s “pace is faster” and that Johnson is “closer to individual problems” than Kennedy was. He said that while Kennedy stopped working “at dinner time,” Johnson keeps working far into the night. Asked whether he was worried about Johnson’s health, Hodges said “not any more.” He said that he had been worried in the beginning but that he now felt that Johnson could stand the fast pace. The commerce secretary said that several people close to the president had told him that Johnson feels “wonderfully well.” CHICAGO l ?—Police today questioned and then released a nurse who answered the description of the mystery woman who kidnapped a two-day-old Paul Fronczak from his mother's arms in Michael Reese Hospital yesterday. More than 200 policemen continued a house by house seach in the southwest side area where a cab driver said he let off a nurse carrying a baby in a receiving blanket after vesterdav's abduction. “I am going at last to see what I have been teaching about,” he savs. Authorities said they had placed no charges against the blonde, stocky orphanage nurse. She waved goodbye to reporters as she left the Deering Street station after an hour's questioning behind locked doors by some of the city’s top police officials. Copters Postponed WASHINGTON W—San Francisco and Oakland Helicopter Airlines received permission yesterday to postpone for two years inauguration of service to Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and a Contra Costa County heliport. NO ENDORSEMENT The association did not endorse any specific route for the highway, but Campion urged an end to arguing and delay over route adoption. The State Division of Beaches and Parks is on the side of the conservationists who oppose the beach route. Plans call for construction of a four-lane freeway on Highway 101. The section under discussion is 12 miles long. Sam Helver, district highway engineer, said yesterday that construction is eight to 10 years away. The first college fraternity was Phi Beta Kappa, established Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Directors of the Marin Medical Society last night unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the society is against racial discrimination. 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