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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4A New Braunfels February Opinions Dave General Manager HmuUdZtitungl Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Math and science balanced education Pete Domenici of New Mexico introduced a bill in the Senate a week or so and by sheer out of the clear blue Hyman Rickover happened to telephone me the next Maybe the admiral had his vibes working he may have suspected that I was about to charge off at flank speed in support of the Domenici his advice was to signal my engines Senator Domenici is as all of us ought to be at the parlous state of math and science education in our The Reagan administration also is The president will propose an extensive program for producing about new science and math teachers an nually for the next several Admiral Rickovers concerns go in a different He calls himself a Much of his life has been spent in science and mathematics in nuclear physics and marine The point of his telephone call was to warn against crash programs in science and math at the expense of the liberal Give me a high school graduate with a wellrounded he and the rest will come Very The point is well The scientist who knows his megatons but knows not Mozart is less than a whole Intellectual breadth is more to be desired than narrow Even when that has been there is much also to be said for the senator and the Domenici defined the problem on the Senate Every standardized test for measuring science and math capabilities has shown a steadily declining level of achievement over the past 10 Our high school by and simply are not learning their elementary lessons At community three out of four math courses are remedial in Most colleges and universities have reacted to this sorry situation by lowering their admission requirements for both math and The difficulty begins in the elementary Domenici cited an international study with sobering findings American 13yearolds scored more poorly on a standardized test than their counterparts from Scotland and the The root of the as Domenici and the White House per ceive lies in the scarcity of qualified math and science teachers who will stay the course in the This past he half of all newly employed teachers were not qualified they were put to teaching math and science only because qualified instructors could not be found or at least they could not be found at an average minimum starting salary of The Domenici bill would provide MONTHS is Wsorei IT FIND OUT WVE OF USELESS IPOWTNEEDTDTHLVOU ITNOUU cowiEray THE SHUWOK EUROPEESPEClKiy IF F1MPOUT IF YOULL JUSTKsKTWS CW5EETWSWEAPOH HE IS THE WEAPON nearly twoyear each valued at Up to for college students who would agree to teach in fields of math and science for at least three years after A separate program would provide Distinguished Teacher Awards an nually for about a thousand teachers in elementary and secondary A teacher who had been on the job for up to five years could be nominated for a award a teacher with at least 10 years experience could receive The administrations slightly more expansive program of scholarships and awards would be supplemented by an effort to recruit prospective teachers from among unemployed college retired teachers and teachers in other They would return to college at public expense for 12 months to 15 months of new training in science and The price tags would range from million for Domenicis bill to well over million for the White House The money would be well No senator worries more about the effects of large deficits than I said Domenici and because he is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee it may well be But the problem is Either our school system gears up to turn out better trained or 20 years down the road the Japanese will beat our brains In many sad to theyre doing that Washington Today Tis the season for adjustments By WALTER MEARS Associated Press WASHINGTON Its the season for seasonal and no one has been jimmying with the figures this That about sums up President Reagans latest appraisal of the sometimes mysterious ways of federal Seasonal adjustment is a system through which the statisticians try to lessen the impact of such predictable changes as changes in the weather and major It proved a boon to the ad ministration when the latest unem ployment figures came showing a drop in the unemployment rate bet ween December and The adjustment sometimes has worked the other prompting the president to complain about the The employment picture also was enhanced by a change in the way the government since military personnel stationed in the United States were included for the first All of them have so the unemployment rate was lower for the With seasonal the unemployment rate declined from percent in December to percent in January when the military is percent counting only the civilian labor Had military personnel been factored into the December it would have been Without seasonal the January rate for civilian workers would have been Reagan compllained theres something wrong when the numbers show unemployment declining and the adjustment shows it Reagan did so when the unem ployment rate showed an increase last March even though there were fewer people out of work It happened again last May the unemployment rate went up even though the number of people out of work went Im not sure that we live in a seasonally adjusted Reagan said The process cut the other way in The weather was relatively so there was more work to be had Because of the Christmas business was so fewer holiday workers were hired than in the As a not too many people were laid off after the Andy Rooney Keeping warm has its own simple pleasures When some people fall on hard times I have to The people who sell me fuel oil for my house are friends and and its been so warm this winter that their business is Last weekend I dropped into their office in my It was so warm that was all I They were sitting around their office with long but I just laughed and laughed at In addition to their office there were two tank truck drivers sitting around because they had nothing to For anyone used to paying huge fuel oil bills every it was sight for sore I dont wish the Kiggins Oil Company bad but I hope it stays as warm as its been so far this winter and that they continue to do a terrible I have a wonderful problem because of the warm winter weve had in the Three years ago we put a airtight wood stove in the We had to close off the fireplace to do it but we were con vinced the though at was The first we used the little stove a lot but there were some The main trouble was that when we were in the we were usually cooking and didnt need a lot of extra When we werent in the it didnt make much sense burning wood to keep the room We like the little wood stove and all summer and fall I prepared for this winter which forecasters might be the coldest of the if its going to be a cold it has to get started pretty soon now or itll be too By the first of November Id pulled quite a few dead trees out of the woods and cut them into 18inch Thats as long as the wood stove will Not its February and I still have a beautiful pile of wood outside the kitchen all cut and split and The is We simply dont need One day last month I started it up because it was nippy out and we were going to have Sunday morning breakfast in the I burned five pieces of wood and then let the fire So my wood pile of hundreds of pieces of wood is only five short of what it was when I finished I suppose its the Kiggins turn to laugh at Keeping warm is a very satisfying thing to We wonder how our ancestors amused themselves before they had cars or I suspect one of the things they spent a lot of time doing was keeping Doing it for yourself has a lot going for it that watching Laverne and Shirley When youve finished building a insulating a house or putting on long underwear and a down jacket for a cold day on the ski you feel Youre comfortable and youve won a victory over the elements that are trying to make you cold and There isnt a television show ever made that can match the pleasure of getting into a warm Ive always considered myself good with but of course a lot of people do who and I may be one of We had a fireplace in our summer cottage when I was young and I had a lot of experience with but my real knowledge of fire came from helping my mother stoke the coal furnace in our house in the My father traveled a so I learned young how to open the fur nace and throw a shovelful of coal in without hitting either side of the I was always scared to go down cellar but I liked stoking the My mother was proud that we could afford the big chunks of anthracite instead of having to burn the smaller pieces of soft coal that some of our neighbors I dont know why I think youll be interested in these personal reminiscences of mine about fire and I guess I think they will remind you of warmth of your John Hess Reagans wishful thinking helps the rich Looking back over his first two the president grinned his famous grin and How time flies when youre having A few days Reagan had a little fun with an audience of cor poration executives in Ill probably kick myself for having said he said with a but when are we going to have the courage to point out that in our tax the corporate tax is very hard to justify Then he had a beer with the boys in a bluecollar still Put before be got back to he and bis staff had to assure the that he had no in tention of even looking at that cor poration Thats the president was just shooting the It was a bit of Before an audience like he just tossed off a line from his dear old days on the lecture trail for General Since there have been so many new loopholes that nobody cares much about the corporation In GE had so many deductions from its pretax profit of billion in 198J that it sold some it not and ended with a tax refund of close to For the government to be paying the corporations instead of vice versa isnt that fun That particular gimmick was only one in the barrel of tricks put through by Reagan in Two months the Wall Street Journal totted up the results of that package a 25 percent cut in income taxes over three a slash in the top rate on unearned trim ming benefits for the It concluded The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting Put theres more fun The Social Security rescue plan theres a boffo title will not only freeze benefits at the present munificent average of a month but also raise the withholding which hits the mass of lower And the Reagan budget calls for nicks at public tran food welfare and poor childrens On the revenue it proposes to tax health benefits provided by For the ordinary the president offered his In his State of the Union he said we ought to study simplifying the tax Then he half a dozen new and complicated tax One would be a deduction for savings against future tuition for the But it turned out that he meant only the interest on those savings would be not the money actually put To think of the average Joe with a earning a putting tuition money aside under that in ducement is at least worth a The nuttiness of the tax code has stirred a lot of interest in a flat The idea is that a straight J4 percent or so on all income with no deductions would raise at least as much revenue as the present income But that would put a lot of and lobbyists out of More it would force a lot of Reagans friends to pay more than they do So when the president says he likes the its like when he says the corporation tax should be Hes not hes just his actual program is lots of These next two years should really
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