New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre, Managing Editor
PsQ« 4 HenAO-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, January 16,1986EditorialThe Airplane game
There's a new game in town. Airplane.
Bexar County sheriff’s have arrested several people to date and more arrests are likely.
In Comal County and here in New Braunfels people are paricipating in this game of chance, as W.C. Fields would have called it. The object is put up $1,500 yourself and enlist friends who are willing to do the same. It’s a pyramid with a twist. The winner stands to come away with more than $10,000. There is a risk. You can lose your money and have no recourse. Banks have begun looking askance at people wanting to borrow $1,500 on the short-term.
The game is illegal to promote and participate in. But participants know, or should, know that there is a certainty that some of the players will lose their bucks. For some, the airplane is sure to crash. There are old pilots and there bold pilots, seasoned flyers say. But there are no old, bold pilots.
We suppose it’s up to the individual whether they want to risk losing that kind of money, but since it is guaranteed that someone will lose, it’s worth remembering that on this airplane there are no parachutes.
Mike Roy RoCandy is dandy, but booze costs a lot more
Some sexual researchers say they have found that rock music leads to the downfall of many young ladies.
The provocative lyrics and pervasive rhythms make some girls forget the warnings their mothers gave them.
If this is true, it is another example of the push-button ease to which today’s youth have become accustomed.
Young men have always sought ways to make young ladies abandon virtue. Past generations have stood beneath balconies reciting poetry.
Others penned passionated letters or learned a slinky tango.
But it was never simply a matter of popping a cassette into a stereo tape player. It took thought and initiative.
Someone like Slats Grobnik used to spend all week thinking about it. He didn’t have many dates and he knew that regardless of what happened, the girl probably wouldn’t go out with him a second time, so he planned his tactics with great care.
For a while, he tried music, but this was before rock and roll. No matter how many nickels Slats put in the jukeboke and played the “Hotcha Polka” “Bell-Bottom Trousers” and “Don’t Fence Me In." the girl resisted.
He tried passionate love letters. But he didn’t write well, so several of the girls turned the letters over to the authorities and Slats was questioned in a couple of unsolved sex crimes.
That is when he tried poetry. Late one night he stood in a gangway next to the home of a girl. reciting a poem But he mumbled so softly that nobody hear him and he was picked up on suspicion of being a Peeping Tom
Another time he tried a love potion which he obtained from his Aunt Wanda Grobnik, who was also famous for her mystical readings and the things she could see in coffee
She gave Slats some black powder and told Slats that if he put it in a girl’s food or drink, the girl would fling herself at him.
On his next date, Slats furtively sprinkled it on the girl’s bowl of chili. She was sick for three days and the Greek who owned the diner was closed down by the health department.
Nothing worked, it was inevitable that Slats would resort to the standard approach of his generation. He tried to get the girls to drink too much.
Somebody told Slats that it would work better if he took the girl some place more romantic than a tavern. So on his next date, they went to the lounge at the bowling alley.
In the first hour, Slats excitedly ordered eight rounds of drinks. At exactly 9 o’clock, he toppled out of the booth and did not recover consciousness until the next morning.
Then somebody told him he should be sure to eat something heavy so the drinks would not affect him so quickly. Before the next date, he ate two plates of dumplings with gravy. He was fine until IO o’clock when he got sick and the bartender threw him out.
Then somebody advised him that he should signal to a bartender to make the girl’s drinks too strong and his weak. In the next date, he winked at the bartender every time he ordered another round. The bartender finally punched him in the mouth.
Slats didn’t quit trying, though, until a doctor told him that if he didn’t stop being so romantic, he would get cirrhosis of the liver and the DTs.
He took the advice and never again tried to use liquor to change a woman’s mind about anything. At least not until he was married and the woman was his wife, and that didn't work out because he hit her with the bottle.
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High schools are tough in Japan
WASHINGTON — Parents pay tuition; students wear uniforms; and education almost totally dominates a young person’s life. We’re talking about the teen-agers of Japan. Our own youngsters never had it this tough.
Last week s report on “Education in Japan” provides an engrossing look at a system far removed from education in the United States. Three years ago, a blue-ribbon commission sharply criticized our public high schools.
Our schools typically offer a kind of smorgasbord of courses — a taste of this, a smattering of that. American students, it was noted, rarely spend mole than seven hours a weekday at school.
Academic requirements for graduation are undemanding. Many of our schools are characterized by disorder, if not by violence. The drop-out rate is disturbing. Drug abuse and teen-age pregnancy are serious problems. Our high school graduates fare poorly in international competition.
Consider the contrasts.
Getting into high school in Japan is not automatic. Japanese students must make formal application to the high school of their choice, and they must compete in entrance examinations. Much of the ninth grade is devoted to this academic struggle. There are prestigious high schools, some not so prestigious, and some that are identified with vocational education. The student’s assignment will determine his place in society for years to come
All students confront the same curriculum in the loth grade. They then make
a choice of majors, either in literature or in science. On weekdays, the school day begins at 8:30 and runs on to 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Saturday classes run from 8:30 to noon.
The school year is divided into three sessions of 15 weeks, but serious students, struggling to qualify for college, take private instruction during the summer
A high school junior, majoring in science, is expected to master certain compulsory courses: five hours a week of English, four hours of Japanese, four of chemistry, four of physics, three of history, algebra and geometry. Boys get four hours a week of physical education; girls get two hours of phys ed and two of home economics.
In a student’s senior year, required courses for science majors include integral and differential calculus, probability and statistics, a second year of physics and chemistry, and six hours a week of instruction in English.
All students have a choice of club activities after formal classes end at 3:30. Most of the science majors elect to join the chemistry, physics or math clubs. Literature majors tend toward the music, English and drama clubs. Driver education is not offered.
“Teen-age social life in Japan,” says the report, “is focused on school, clubs and school-sponsored activities. Although most high school classrooms are coeducational, boys and girls display shyness in public social relationships. While each sex is interested in the other, close opposite-sex friendships and dating are rare. Most
students do not begin dating until after high school.”
Juvenile delinquency in Japan has increased in recent years, but by comparison with delinquency in the United States, delinquency in Japan is “mild and infrequent.'’ Cigarette smoking is regarded as a serious offense. A high school student who is caught smoking on the street is taken to a police station to be formally admonished. "There is little adolescent drinking, and marijuana and hard drugs are virtually unavailable.”
A teen-ager’s senior year is dominated by preparation for college entrance examinations. About 41 percent of high school graduates qualify for some form of higher education. For the others, school days have ended.
The Japanese system is rigid, inflexible, demanding. From the first through the 12th grade, scant attention is given to individual instruction. There are virtually no electives. Students are thrown indifferently into the same academic waters. Let them sink, or let them swim.
These elements of Japan’s system tend to stifle initiative and imagination and they do serious harm to slow learners. In Japan, everyone is pressed into the same state-sanctioned mold — same courses, same textbooks, same graduation requirements, same everything.
There seems to be little of the variety, the choices, the spontaneity of American education.
But when it comes to order, discipline and academic rigor, we could learn some useful lessons from our friends across the sea. They don’t waste time. We do.
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