New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 27, 2005, Page 6

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August 27, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG August 2005 I HeraldZeitung Serving NCH llratinfcli anil Carnal Cminly since I New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two I papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German I and English until OUR OPINION Give segregated learning a chance Segregating stu dents may not be the perfect solu tion to learning but SVHS officials deserve credit for trying something T he new school year opened at Smithson Valley with a surprise for the freshman class boys and girls will be sepa rated for the core classes of sci ence and social The word segregation immediately brings about negative thoughts for most and rightly But administrators at Smithson Valley may have a good Principal Chris Trotter said he supported keep ing the genders separate for the core classes because boys and girls learn Being able to plan lessons in a way that will benefit the majority of students in the classroom makes The job of all employees at Smithson Valley is to educate If keeping the boys away from girls and vice versa for part of the day helps improve the learning of it seems like a good In a trial run last year involving half of the schools the move seemed to According to Dana a school both genders tested higher than average on TAKS tests after participating in the pilot Its too early to tell if the trend will continue and the move will truly be it is refresh ing that teachers and administrators are seeking new ways to educate students The freshman year at high school is difficult for any Making the jump to a bigger campus is hard enough without having to worry constant ly about impressing the opposite Segregating students may not be the perfect solution to those but school officials deserve credit for trying something new and deserves time to see if the program TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 239th day of There are 126 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War On this date In the island volcano Krakatoa blew up the resulting tidal waves in Indonesias Sunda Strait claimed some lives in Java and In fire seriously damaged New Yorks origi nal Metropolitan Opera In Congress passed the WilsonGorman Tariff which contained a provision for a gradu ated income tax that was later struck down by the Supreme In Lyndon the 36th president of the United was born near In the KelloggBriand Pact was signed in outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of In the United States launched the Mariner II space which flew past Venus in In Brian manager of the was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping In Haile the last emperor of Ethiopias died in Addis Ababa at age 83 almost a year after being over In British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion claimed by the Irish Republican Ten years ago American and Chinese officials agreed to begin planning a fall summit between President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Managing Editor Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maltland DougTonay Jaff Fowlar Naica Ball Valarla Shlaldt David GUESTCOLUMN Stand with me in standing up for quality education The conclusion of summer vacations serves as an unofficial backtoschool sig Once again the NBISD is a hub of activity from sunup to Backtoschool also coincides with the release of data which ranks how our district fared under the states Academic Excellence Indicator Sys tem and the targets set by the federal No Child Left Behind If you are a by now you know that our districts scores were up in some areas and not in Every time new data is there are always those who proclaim that quality public education is an Critics of public education like to assert that academic achievement is American students cannot compete or that vouchers are the silver Those who wax nostalgic about the good old days of edu cation forget that the system was an exclusion ary one that discriminated against children of color or those with When someone laments the fact that the nations public educa tion system is not what it used to I agree with them and Youre right And thats a good thing Our school district educates every child who enters through the front doors regardless of physical or mental This provides children the amazing opportunity to receive a free K12 education in a diverse envi I cannot think of a better way to pre pare children to grow up and become produc tive citizens of our diverse nation and While meeting the many needs of public schools face the critical challenge of clos ing the achievement AEIS and NCLB hold schools accountable for eliminating the dispari ty in academic achievement between students and those from higher social Many Americans blame failing schools for this As a public school superin raising academic achievement levels for every child in this school system is our 1 But just as two adults respond differ endy in the same every child is unique and enters school at a different achieve ment We will continue to improve our schools teaching and learning practices and leadership strategies to meet the needs of all stu dents who come to Schools must offer more individu allytailored approaches that capitalize on what children already what their learning styles what new brain research tells us about teaching and learning and what tech nology offers we all must RONREAVES Ron Reaves of New Braunfels is superin tendent of schools for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School stay focused on the real goals of education Giv ing students the tools they need to succeed in life and preparing them to be good We have an exceptional generation of chil dren in our schools and they should expect nothing short of excellence from all of I am committing our school system to do its part and I look forward to working with business and community leaders and our elect ed officials in making our public school district the best it can Stand with me in standing up for public edu LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to Unitad Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANJONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTJN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 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12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 A talk with a therapist is what Cindy Sheehan needs S MIKEREAGAN Mike the eldest son of President Ronald is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations national ly as part of the Radio America igmund Freud had a con cept he called which has been defined as a defense where the ego deals with unacceptable impulses terrifying anxieties by at tributing them to someone in the external In many I think that ex plains the behavior of the medias current patron Cindy Shee whose hate rhetoric aimed at President Bush is really meant for someone else who she cant admit even to herself is her real To do so would represent one of those unacceptable impulses Freud was talking In this case it could well be that Cindy Sheehan is project ing her rage at George Bush when the one she really despises is her late who died as a hero in pre cisely because he did die a hero in The more I listen to Cindy Sheehan and consider her past actions and her past it occurs to me she has always been a shes always been antimili and shes always been antiRepubli It appears that she raised Casey in such an yet despite that what does he do He not only joins the military engaged in a war she bitterly but to add insult to injury when his enlistment runs he reenlists al though he knew that by so doing it meant he would be sent to Iraq where a war his mother despises is being Think about What Casey did was to reject not by words but by deeds his mothers most closelyheld to make matter worse in her this son volunteers to go on a dan gerous mission even his superiors warn ed him and dies as a Casey Sheehans sergeant asked for vol Sheehan had just returned from After Sheehan volunteered the sergeant asked Sheehan again if he wanted to go on the According to many reports and according to his own mother Casey Where my chief I He and it cost him his You can almost hear her saying to his How dare you spurn me and turn your back on me How dare you go join the and then how dare you volun teer to fight against the innocent Iraqi freedom fighters and get yourself killed Casey Sheehans heroic action has em bittered Cindy And her actions have embittered her who bitterly resent her exploitation of her sons heroic death in behalf of her political Heres what they wrote to Matt Drudge The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been respectfully We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her sons good name and rep The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the our and our with prayer and Cindy Sheehan says she wants to ask the Why did you kill my son She knows that George Bush did not kill her The butchers she supports with her farout liberal activism killed Casey Sheehan and that activism is now result ing in the deaths of other young Ameri cans because she is giving aid and com fort to our enemies and encouraging them to persist in their giving them hope that if her views prevail the will lose its will and pull And so the fight goes and more Casey Shee hans die as a And she says of her He died for He died to make your Bushs He died to expand Amer ican imperialism in the Middle Cindy Sheehan doesnt need to talk to the A talk with a therapist would be more ;