1976-11-08; Central Michigan Life
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«>,*•", .-Tft^v.fj ^i»^'»»*y'"'>'-T ■**,-.Wj».#»^T^i'W4;'! '--f.A.^fK^f ■>**■-J, «•*** ^■■-**.-^'»**"i*-1T'Jk-^*"-^*** * Educational techniques defended ,,*J« "" ' '( ■ " '' " "" ■"■" '■ -''I" .. |. .- ■■ . ■ - -■■ - ■ i ■■■ I ■ - -i i ,- , . -;«; • • ' ' Profs debate 'back to basics' drive Editor's note; Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT/ scores have been on the decline recently and some persons have placed the blame on the American educational system. Many have called for a return to basic instruction in schools. In the first of a two-part series, CMU math and English professors discuss this back-to-basic movement. In the second part, faculty members discuss student, skills. BY TONY DEARING CM LIFE Reporter The American educational system is being raked over a bed of hot coals by some highly vocal person's who are calling for a return to basics in the high schools. "All across the nation," Newsweek magazine reported in an October, 1974 issue, "parents, school boards and often the pupils 'themselves are demanding that schools get back tot the basics in reading, writing and arithmetic," "Back-to-basics proponents point to distrubing signs that educational attainment seems to be declining among young persons," U.S. News and ' World Report said in a September, 1975 article. The most distrubing sign * is a steady decline of SAT scores over the last decade, But according to English and mathematics faculty members, there ia no real "crisis." The back-to-basics move is a scare which could damage recent educational gains. "As a member of the Mt. Pleasant Board of Education," William Miller, professor of mathematics, said, "I attended a National School Board Association conference last year that centered around the whole back-to-basics theme, and I came away somewhat frightened. There were a lot a people advocating the dropping of programs that have been very " beneficial." However, a look at SAT scores over the last five years reveals there indeed is some sort os problem. In 1972,. the average score on the SAT Verbal Test was 453, By 1976, it had dropped 22 points to 431. During the same period of time, the mathematical score dropped from 484 to 472. These lower scores could, in part, be the result of inadequate preparation of students in high school as the back-to-basics faction contends. Volume 58, No. 30 Monday, November 8, 1976 But some CMU faculty believe there are many other vilid reasons why SAT scores have been On the decline. "The whole American educational system is changing," Hans Fetting, chairperson of the English Department pointed out. "But the SAT still tests from a fairly traditional standpoint. I think perhaps, that testing has not kept up with curriculum—the two used to mesh better." 'iThere is a very clear possibility that schools have changed, but tests have stayed the same," Willard Memering, assistant professor of English, agreed. "The SAT is information oriented; but in the English department, we consider it more important to know how to write than to have information on writing." SAT tests also have come under fire as one-shot deals which unfairly categorize students. "The problem with the SAT," Fetting said, "is that all testing a person tells me, is whether a person can pass that particular test." "To use a test to classify someone as dumb," Memering said, "victimizes the student, is undemocratic arid is of little aca'demic merit." It is important to remember the SAT is not a test of knowledge but rather an indicator of how well students will do in college according to Memering. "The squawk is that test scores are going down, but college grades are going up," he said. "The average grade in this school is a B—that's very high." There have been recent charges colleges have been guilty of grade inflation by grading more leniently than in the past. , According to Memering, However, these charges were initiated by testers such as SAT administrators, possibly because high college grades were causing them embarrassment. (See "Profs ..." page 3) CM MFE PHOTO BY RQU.IE MlKAN POT POLICY-Keith Stroup, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NOBML) illustrates a point on pot law reforms Saturday during the Michigan NORML convention conducted at CMU in the University Center. Michigan is one of NORML's target states for marijuana law reform in 1977. Count falls short Census nets 23,500 . Preliminary count of the' recently completed Mt. Pleasant mid-decade census shows 23,500 persons, or about 1,000 heads short of the total needed to qualify for additional state revenue sharing money. Randy Golden, chief census enumerator said. "It's possible that we missed a significant number of people, so we're going to run ads in the local papers asking, "Did you get counted?" We did find a 10 per cent increase in the city's population since 1970, but we needed to find 15 per cent to get the state revenue sharing money," Golden said. "The census determined Mt, Fall clean-up program begins ! The annual Mt. Pleasant Fall Cleanup starts today and continues .'throughout the week as citizens are Requested to help by cleaning out itheir attics, basements, closets, ^garages and other storage areas to ^eliminate fire hazards. 7 Trash pickups will follow regular pick-up schedules. imid& •p Reems tells of harassment-page 8 f Football team upon* dad by Eastern-paga $ 'i^ffetd hockey squad i$jri$ state title-page It d£iimrw.innirn'iiii»iii. hi i. -i i^nm i 'M/ There will be three city crews working during the week, including a regular garbage pickup crew and a crew to pick up metals such as refrigerators, Stoves, washers/ dryers, lawnmowers, bicycles and any other all-metal items. This crew will take metals to a metal - salvage company. In addition,, a third crew will pick up ail other refuse, such as furniture, and tires. * For this reason, Mt. Pleasant residents are being asked to separate their ,trash into three piles, corresponding to the three categories. All Containers will be picked up and discarded unless they aw conspicuously marked "SAVE," City officials ask residents have patience with the pickup crews. l"hey said the crews will work as fast as possible to pick up All the refuse. Pleasant can support another liquor license and also gathered up to date demographic information, accomplishing two out of three of the -census goals. From that standpoint, the census was a success," Golden said. If the census had shown a total of 23,580 residents, the city would have received $50,000 to $60,000 in revenue sharing money. As it is, Mt. Pleasant's level of funding will not change until 1980 when the next census will be taken, he added. Mt. Pleasant received approximately $500,000 in state revenue sharing money this year, ' for an average of $25 per capita, William Barrons, city manager, said. Vaccine available Swtne flu vaccinations now are available at the Health Center on an appointment basis only for those persons, who were unable to receive shots during the clinics, Dr. Howard L. Varney, director of University Health Services, said. Appointments are necessary because the Health Center receives a limited number of doses at one time. Persons should call the Health Center at 774-3065 between ' 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. weekdays to ' make an appointment. There is no charge tot the office call or the vaccine* Varney sid. Reformers discuss 'pot' law changes by LORIE MOY CM LIFE Reporter Explaining and defending the decriminalization of marijuana without getting a reputation as a "pro- pot" group is the most difficult part of being members of the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) according to its national director, Keith Stroup. Stroup spoke to a group of about 60 persons from 12 Michigan cities at a NORML convention in the University Center Saturday. The convention, hosted by CMU's NORML group, consisted of workshops, lectures and movies. v^^h4prim*rjt.ob1igation of NORML is to explain-. decriminalization to the public. We must demonstrate to legislators that they can maintain a discouragement policy towards marijuana use without arresting those of us who choose to smoke," Stroup said, Present law in Michigan states persons in possession of up to two ounces of marijuana can be sentenced to a year in jail or given a $1,000 fine. Decriminalization would change this to no jail sentence and a small fine. Stroup stressed in his speech supporters of decriminalization necessarily do not support marijuana use, but they believe "the marijuana smoker is not a criminal and doesn't deserve to be treated as one." Although Stroup spoke in generalities of the good points of decriminalization, his speech was followed by one from Dan Tucker, Michigan state coordinator for NORML, who outlined procedures Michigan must follow in order to see a law passed. Tucker said NORML must become a credible, responsible organization in Michigan. He proposed to do this by setting up a NORML advisory board of doctors, lawyers, scholars and other experts who are willing to be spokespersons for NORML. He also said the board and all NORML members must arm themselves with facts, statistics and data on marijuana use, so when the time comes to attempt passage of legislation, NORML can answer any questions people have. Tucker said he knows more persons support decriminalization than ever before, but 'he wants to survey all Michigan residents to determine exact numbers. He agreed with a previous statement from Stroup that "legislators don't know that 87 per cent of the people support decriminalization. We don't want to convince them that they ought to smoke. We just want to convince them that it's ridiculous to Spend $25 million a year oil marijuana arrests." Tucker said he believes now is a good time to do the survey, because new legislators will be taking office in January. House Bill 5617 is the current decriminalization bill in the Michigan legislature, but after more than a year of debate* no action has been taken on it, he said, Following the opening speeches the remainder of the afternoon was spent in workshops such as Yoiir > Rights if You're Arrested, Medical Facts on Marijuana and Lobbying for Reform. During this time the movie "Reefer Madness" also was shown. Tucker and Stroup supported their ideas throughout the day by saying they believe marijuana was only one of a large group of "recreational drugs," including alcohol and tobacco. It may or may not harm the user, but the decision to go ahead and use it must be a private one, Stroup said. He also said all the money used on marijuana arrests should be channeled into more research on the drug. "We don't have to prove marijuana is harmless in order to decriminalize the user. I'm a smoker. I've been a smoker for years. I don't want to hurt myself. If the government finds out something harmful about (See "Conventioneers ..." page 8) Seven injured in fire Seven people, including two Department of Public. Safety (DPS) officers were taken to the University Health Center for treatment of smoke inhalation after an early Saturday morning fire in Carey Hall. When the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department arrived at the scene, they found the fourth floor electric range and surrounding kitchen area burning. The five students treated were Michael Bloom, Dearborn graduate student; David England, Utica junior; William Quigley, Dearborn freshman; Gerald Snyder, Mt. Pleasant sophomore and Greg Stakey, Utica junior. All were released after treatment except Snyder who was kept overnight for observation and released Saturday. * The DPS officers, Jeff Pickler and Shawn Riley, were kept for' observation and released the following day. According to the Fire Department, heat from the fire melted solder, around the water line, causing water damage to V the floors* V>m,inm in. n'i iiu . 'Ill i'rj".'i i ' i ' - ' ' CM UM PHOTO »Y ftRAD DRCWVOR BtffiNED Oti^-Seven persons were treated for smoke inhalation following a small fire in the kitchen area of fourth floor Carey Hall. No damage estimates have been released. - » •JT t> .^^.-^^--,,^-JI IM^.^-** ^ -J-* ~- "■•* ^-- ■■■- ::-&-jt.**^t±M ■■* .-jf-y-A .a-^-' • a-...*,.
|Title||1976-11-08; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, November 8, 1976 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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