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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Who's coming to Tourists Bl FIRST WIN Birds end beat 13-7 Cl Conner switches vs. boat Cl Main St. funds go fast Dl HGWELL MICROFILMS PO BOX 1558 LAUREL ML' APRIL Teachers give schools poor marks EDITOR'S This is the last in a series of stories based on a survey of the county's teachers distributed for The Capital by the Teachers Association. By DENNIS SULLIVAN Staff Writer Two out of every five county teach- ers said in a recent survey that they would not choose the same career if they had a second chance. The teachers cited a school system crippled by lax discipline and low academic standards as the reason they would not follow the same career path. And most teachers see it only getting they were just allowed to which is what they thought they would' be doing when they they would be said John pres- Many would not follow same career path again ident of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. being called on by the Board of Educa- by by so many people to do more than just In the 40.7 percent of teach- ers said they would not go into teach- ing and 69.8 percent expected the school system to continue on a dismal path. Nearly half said the schools are no better than when they a student. Despite such widespread dissatisfac- 48.4 percent would want to be a teacher again. Of the teachers in Anne Arun- del 407 responded to a confi- dential questionnaire distributed by the teachers union for the The Capital. On the teachers surveyed have years of experience. While the survey was not meant to be a scientific assessment of all teach- ers' it offers a rare glimpse of the day-to-day dilemmas students and teachers face from kindergarten to high school. They described incidents in which students caught fighting are sent to the principal and then returned during the same class without ever being pun- ished. They talked about parents who are willing to buy children a Starter jacket or a pair of but say they can't afford a notebook. They said who are under pressure to reduce the number of students1 ask teachers to lower their grading expectations. And as schools are asked to teach students about drugs and higher- level thinking teachers said basic such as' writing and math are getting lost. are expected to solve so- ciety's a fifth-grade teacher said in the survey. is no time to For nearly half the schools today are a sharp contrast to when they were students. TEACHERS. Page What Anne Arundel County teachers had to say. A8-9 END OF VIETNAM WAR 20 YEARS LATER Residents reflect on a war that wounded all By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer Vietnam. Tet.Khe Sanh. Kent State. My Lai. Presidents Nixon. The domino theory. The secret plan to end the war. Agent Orange. The Wall. America's longest war officially ended 20 years ago when the last American troops helicoptered off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The government of South Vietnam collapsed like an and for the first had tost a war. Of the more than American war over were Marylanders. Yet many Maryland vets returned to ostracism and a war that smoldered on at home. The conflict divided the country like nothing since the Civil War. Some believed our medics and others were fighting communism. Some believed they were serving a corrupt government. Some believed they were getting the shaft. After two many Anne Arundel County residents have healed their although some scars still weep. Robert McNamaf a's recent confessions that as defense he continued to prosecute a war that he considered unwinnabte have infuriated the war's supporters afid defenders alike. recent years have seen warm applause for the Vietnam vets who march in Annapolis' Memorial Day parade. For some local veterans and Vietnamese Vietnam is becoming once again a not merely a conflict. Page Vietnam mourns but looks forward to U.S. economic prosperity. All Retired Marine Lt. Col. Bob DaKon made repeated return trips to Vietnam since the faH of Salfon. In the early now- retired Lt Cmdr. BObW set tip the first MIMflCWI hospital In the combat theater. the retired Navy nurse wrote a book. Photos by Marh M. Odell Capital Annapolis restaurateur Tel Van Iran escaped from post-war Vietnam as part of the flood of boat people that was part of the aftemialh. in .Some days former Gov. William Donald Schaefer feels like Rip van Winkle. Other retirement is like being on Star Trek and he's just been beamed down to a strange planet. Take his trip .to the grocery store in 10 'What am I going to Everybody buys milk. I'll buy Easier said than done. Mr. Schaefer was overwhelmed with the choices. Should he buy whole 2 Low said 'What in heck kind.of have I been When he got to the checkout line and the cashier asked him whether he wanted paper or Mr. Schaefer pulled out his credit card. Retirement- has had its ups and downs for the former governor and Baltimore mayor who became a private citizen Jan. 18 after 40 years in public office. Mr. reflected oh retire- ment in an address to about 300 people at the Maryland Gerontological Asso- ciation's annual meeting Friday. Home repairs draw big smiles By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer the whole world I'm said Juanita her face breaking into a wide smile. I then my head needs to be As the white-haired woman more than 35 people were busy trans- forming her Forest Drive house yester- day. By the time they finished painting and adding new kitchen Ms. Parrish's home of 41 years would look practically brand new. She beamed and joked that nobody would be let inside her all the while acting as gleeful as if she had just won the lottery. a matter of being said Ms. people don't Same is true for ex-staffers giul themselves jobless SPANGLES Former trarjsportotion.secretary Staff Writer For many- of the former high- ranking officials in the state's last the past four months haw qopfttmed ina job search so .has been largely unsuccessful. After years of insulation within the administration of former gover- nor William Donald some of the best placed local bureaucrats particularly those who stayed until Gov. Parris N. Glendenlng took office have found them- selves on the outside looking in. Former O.Ja for his li for former natural resources secre- tary Torrey Brown and Paul Schur- who served as chief of staff for Schaefer. Former state police superinten- dent Larry Tolliver is getting bored with retirement already and has started casting around for law en- forcement work. former secretary of state Tyras Athey has no plans at all and is getting rid of the Page I have been waited on 'That's I can handle one. I can as governor hand and foot I couldn't handle Mr. Schaefer said as the carry a piece of paper without a 'audience burst into .security man 'It's too heavy who had to learn -to governor. Let me take that.' I'd Page By Mark M. Odell The Capital Edgewater resident Bill Zang paints the living room window sill In a Forest Drive house. He was one of people around the county who took part yesterday In Christmas In April. need to be doing Ms. Parrish's house was just one of 31 that were repaired around Anne Arundel County yesterday in an all-out blitz known as Christmas in April. Whether the houses were falling apart or just needed some touching volunteers from several businesses and civic groups focused their efforts exclu- sively on homes belonging to the el- poor and disabled homes whose residents couldn't fix on their own. mostly turns out to be an elderly person who goes on Social Security. The house is all paid but they can't afford to keep it said Jim Thomas- Christmas in April county chair- Page HMH LOW Cloudy today with a chance of showers. 02 Bombing FBI agents worked yesterday to piece together recovered shards of metal from the rental truck that carried a deadly terrorist bomb to a federal building in Oklahoma. A2 CITY A committee of Annapolis residents and officials is vowing to let voters decide in 1996 if they want to change the city's form of government. The debate comes at a time when many see a leadership void at City Hall. M LIFESTYLE. airnnorr Mane Jensen specializes in deciphering the code of the written regardless of penmanship. The words may be unintelligible to the average might be written in Spanish or even pig Latin. No matter. El M pagM Business..........Bl Editorials .A12-13 Lottery .........A4 Capital Camera. FlS Movies.......... E2 Classified.....Fl 16 A2 3 Comics.............Gl Obituaries.........D2 Classified...................278-7000 Circulation.................2684800 ;