New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Students study citizenship during statewide program
Five Comal County high school students joined teen-age girls from across the state to take part in the American Legion Auxiliary Bluebonnet Girls State during June.
The citizenship program allows girls to live together as a selfgoverning group and informs them of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities which they will assume when they become adults. Participants in the program are selected from students who have just completed their junior year. Selection Is based on leadership, citizenship, character and
Girls State was organized in 1937 by the American legion Auxiliary Participants learn the problems of government by simulating the duties of city, county and suite officials.
Among tile 580 students taking part in the state event were Maurissa Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Young A student at Canyon High School, Young was sponsored by the Auxiliary Unit No. 582 of the American I egion. During the weeklong program, she was elected national party chairman to' Precinct 2 from fictitious Tejas County Christa Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Green, is a student at Smithson Valley High School. Slit was sponsored by tile Auxiliary Unit No. 643 Green was elected city treasurer of City A I,eah Krieg. daughter of Mr and Mrs. Will Krieg, was elected tax assessor/collector of Friendship County. She is a student at Canyon High School and was sponsored by Auxiliary Unit No. 35
Karen Knippa, duaghter of Mr and Mrs. Bill Knippa, is a student at New Braunfels High School. She was elected the county clerk of Chili County and was sponsored by Auxiliary Unit No 179
Rebecca Runnels, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Richard Runnels, was elected the Texas railroad commissioner. She was sponsored by Auxiliary Unit No. 35 and attends Canyon High School.
During the ten-day session at Girls State, participants were addressed by women who have made a place for themselves in the political arena of Texas. Betty Jean Jones, mayor of Seguin; Ann Richards, state treasurer; and Carole Keeton Bylander, former mayoi of Austin, spoke to the participants
Classes available in Bulverde
Community education classes are continuing in the Bulverde area throughout the summer.
Riding and art camp runs each Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students receive private English saddle riding lessons and art instruction. Tuition is $55 per week Grand Oaks Farm is aproximately seven miles off U.S. 281 and one mile off Texas 46.
Tennis lessons begin Julv 14 at Bulverde Tennis Club Ella Nelson
and Charlie Weems will instruct both adults and children in a four week class. Adults will meet from 8 to 9 a.rn. and children will meet from 9 to IO a.rn. Tuition is $14 The tennis club is located near downtown Bulverde on Cougar Drive.
Computer Application classes wk, begin July 18 at Bulverde Middle School. Class will be held every Saturday for foul weeks Jake Maurischat is instructor f <r the course. Tuition is $20 Hours are form 9a.m. to noon
Tumbling classes for children 3 to 6 years old will begin in the cafeteria at Bulverde Elementary School July 22 Class meets from ll a.rn to noon for four week Dawn Ketay is ii >iriu tor and tuition ^ $7
Pre-registration is required for ai classes. To register, please cal! Po*-coordinator of classes in the Bulverde area, at 438 7854 Or, ta!! 625-8081 in New Braunfels and lea vt your name and phone number and the coordinator will centai t \ ou
Educators decry curricular silence' regarding religion in public schools
WASHINGTON f API A panel of educators has called for an end to die curricular silence on religion” that has permeated public school classrooms since the Supreme Court banished organized pray er a quarter-eentury ago.
In a report commissioned by the 80,000-member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the educators decried schools* benign neglect” of the role religion has played rn shaping both U S and world history It attacked bland” textbooks that virtually ignore religion." and said educators must get over the mistaken notion ‘ that matters of religion are simply too hot to handle in public schools.”
The Alexandria, Va -based association is a non-partisan professional organization of school principals, teachers, office personnel and college professors involved in deciding what is taught in public schools.
The report was released by O I. Davis, a University of Texas at Austin education professor who
chaired the panel. It is the latest in ,t series of critiques from liberals and conservatives alike criticizing publi schools and their textbooks for downplaung the significance ut religion.
People for the American Way. the liberal anti-censorship lobby, as well as Americans United for Separation of Church and State have issued reports recently faulting history texts for slighting religion U S Secretary of Education William J Bennett also has criticized schools un that score
The report by the Davis panel says;
The quest for religious freedom that fueled the establishment of this nation receives scant treatment at best in many textbooks They > have even less to say about the profound part religious belief has played in more recent U S history, * from the abolitionist and temperance movements of the 19th century to Hie civil rights movement of the 2Uth
The problem rest-' rn ’ just with texts on American history The impact of religion on world history
and culture is slighted in texts or political science sociology literature and world fustily, the report said
Vt. elementary stu lent can colla away from a textbook account of the Crusades, for example, will, the notion that these wars to win the Holv l*md for Christendom were little more than exotic shopping ex peditions,” it said In current events the religious roots of the conflicts if lebanon and Northern Ireland, and tile war between Iran and Iraq, often go unexplained
The report blamed this in part on educators’ worries that the con suctional wall separating church and state nught be breached and their “exaggerated fear of troversy.”
To give religion its due in curriculum, the panel said. classes should pay attention to tin* impact of Christianity on Michaelangeio; world history courses should cover such topics as die rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the Crusades and the Befur mation
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