New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Have we as a people and as a culture really become so weak that we need the government to help us protect ourselves and our children from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?”
Ted Pease journalism educator, 1996
Adult education needs greater support
EDITORIALKudos(Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals or organizations. Send your Kudos to: Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 7H130, or fax them to (210) 625-1224).
■ Kudos to Mark Keith of Medallion Sprinkler Services and Bob Fitzsimmons of Southernwood Garden for sharing their time, materials and expertise with Four Seasons Garden Club in the club’s renovation of the flower gardens at the Lindheimer Home.
Cheers to an outstanding example of civic spirit.Millie Mader Four Seasons Garden Club
■ Kudos to those dedicated and wonderful volunteer tutors who work so diligently to help low-level readers improve in their reading skills. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated!VerNell Martinez Coordinator, Adult Literacy of Comal County
■ The Arboretum of New Braunfels would like to
thank the Comal Independent School District and the Neyy Braunfels Independent School District for having the senior citizens prom (March 13) at CHS. Each year the students from each school do a wonderful job preparing and taking part to make sure that each of our residents has a good time. We would also like to thank the school for the transportation it provides to get our residents to and from this event. Many thanks; see you next year.The Arboretum staff
■ Kudos to Molly Joe’s and David Cadded for providing breakfast for all TAAS students at Canyon High School.
We are grateful for your support and salute your generosity.
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Increasing the educational opportunities for millions of Americans is a shared goal. But many Americans' opportunities are limited by illiteracy. In fact, there are 46 million illiterate adults in our country.
Better educated adults will help eliminate the vicious cycle of illiteracy and poverty. Studies have shown that the most influential variable in children's participation and success in school is parental education levels.
Only 9 percent of those 46 million illiterate adults are served by programs provided under the Adult Education Act.
Adult education programs provide basic education and literacy classes, secondary education and high school equivalency, and English as a Second Language.
According to the Department of
Education, the English as a Second Language or ESL component of adult education programs is growing faster than any other program. Currently ESL enrollment comprises almost half of the total adult education population.
Much of the increased need for ESL programs is a direct result of high immigration levels.
Education is the key to productivity for individuals who have entered the country legally. All too often, immigrants are illiterate in their native language. It is clear they arc in need of
education, and particularly English language skills, that can be provided by adult education programs.
Studies have shown that literacy levels correlate strongly with educational attainment, income and employment status. The Texas Education Agency estimates that adult illiteracy carries a price tag of more than $17 billion per year as a result of lost income and tax revenue, higher unemployment, increased crime md additional training costs for business and industry.
However, adult education programs as a whole are under fundied. As a result, there are enormous waiting lists.
Reports from the Department of Education's National Evaluation of Adult Education programs show that approximately 300,000 people who enroll in adult education programs never receive any instruction. They drop
out of the program before they ever begin because of lack of support services, such as child care and transportation.
In order to remedy the problem and provide more education services to those in need, I plan to offer legislation that establishes a "Support Services Grant.” State grant recipients could use the money to provide effective support services for individuals enrolled in adult education programs.
Tackling the problem of adult illiteracy will require a joint federal, state and local effort. Together we can reduce adult illiteracy and benefit all Americans.
(Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.)
Eliminating mental boundaries key to achieving equality
By JAMES R. TAYLOR
Special to the Herald-Zeitung_
In her January 31st column, Seeking Equality in the Grease Pits, Ms England wrote about closure ... finishing the last of the mynad of tasks that face a family as it moves to a new home in a new city. In her case, one of the last of these tasks was establishing a working relationship with a good mechanic whom she could trust to repair her car, at a fair price, while providing quality service. Her column highlighted the difficulties women have with tradesmen, particularly in the auto sales and repair businesses. Her conclusion, implied rather than stated, was that women would know that they had achieved real equality when the auto salesman or male mechanic talked to than as if they (the women) were men It is an entertaining, but flawed argument.
Like many others, both male and female, her solution relics on men to change — change the way they see the world, the way they work, think, talk, walk, eat, sleep or whatever. Thai expectation is not all had. Many of us have changed. Maybe most of us IToday in History
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Today is Tuesday, March ll, the 70th day of 1997. There are 295 days left in the year.
Today*i Highlight in History:
On March 11, 1942, as Japanese forces continued to advance in the Pacific during World War ll, Gen, Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines for Australia, vowing: "I shall mum."
On this date:
In MIO, Emperor Napoleon of France was married by proxy to Archduchess Mane Louise of Austria.
In 1661, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution.
In 1686, the famous Blizzard of '88 struck the northeastern United States,
know that 37 years of marriage and two daughters has certainly changed my outlook. As has public discussion and court actions. But ladies, it’s getting old. Some guys are beyond help and aren't going to change.
In some respects this is an evangelical approach. It's similar to a practice I experienced as a child in a small East Texas hamlet where my family belonged to one of the two churches there. We kids were in the church, not always voluntarily, whenever the doors were open. At the end of every sermon we I lad an invitation and the congregation sang an invitational hymn. We frequently sang 6 or 8 verses of that hymn waiting for someone to come forward.
As a child, I never understood why we kept singing that same song, over and over again, when it was obv ious to all, and particularly the pastor, that the 60 or st) of us who were there, were already members of the church. Now, as an adult, I have the same difficulty with this argument for women's equality.
When I think about my daughters' (and granddaughter’s) futures, I want them to grow old in a society (and a
workplace) that has no boundaries defined by their gender. To do that, jhty must first eliminate their own mental boundaries. Ms. England's argument that men must change reinforces one of those boundaries — that men's behavior places limits on women.
Let me say at the outset that I acknowledge that there is a ‘glass ceiling,' that men control the majority of large corporations and that I am a member of the male gender. That does not mean that I can't visualize or that I have not experienced the problems as described by Ms. England.
In point of fact, auto mechanics talk to most customers — male and female as if they were idiots. Auto salesmen are their ideological twins. As long as the customer lets them get away with it, they will not change. Nor will many of their kinfolk like plumbers, airline pilots, truck drivers, generals or senior executives in the businesses where women work.
Don’t wait for these guys to change Adjust your expectations and treat him accordingly, lf you want a tame mechanic, then learn something about your car. More importantly, when he
resulting in some 400 deaths.
In 1941, President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-1 .ease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
In 1954, the U.S. Army charged Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy and his subcommittee’s chief counsel , Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schmc, a former consultant to the subcommittee.
In 1959, the Lorrkinc Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun” opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.
In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.
In 1977, 20 years ago, more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D C , by ll a na ft Muslims were freed after
ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations.
In 1965, the Soviet Union announced the death the day before of its leader, Konstantin U, Chernenko. Politburo member Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed Chernenko.
In 1990, the Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from the Soviet Union and restore the republic's independence.
Ten years ago: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution calling for a freeze on $40 million in aid for the Nicaraguan Contras for six months.
Five years ago: Members of the U.N. Security Council accused Iraq of playing a game of "cheat and retreat” from its promises to disarm and respect its people's human rights; Iraqi Deputy
talks to you as if you are a 3-year-old, go sec his boss lf he’s the boss, take your business to some other garage. But before you leave, clearly tell him, in words of three syllables or less, why you're leaving. Don't send your husband, father or significant other to do the job after the fact. Or, even worse, go home and beat up on some male friend or family member who doesn’t neat you like that.
Please note that this is not an invitation to verbally (or worse, physically) attack every bubba who exhibits boorish behavior. We certainly don't need any more testosterone induced aggression on the streets today. As Mrs. Reagan used to say, ‘Just say no.' Or, betta yet, say, ‘No, I will not give you my business if you continue to ignore me.* Or talk down to me. Or ask me if I have a man’s permission to make this decision.
Not enough you say? Still think men must change? Then my advice is: start with your sons (and daughters).
(James R. Taylor is a New Braunfels residentJ
Prime Minister Tanq Am lashed hack, saying his country was complying with Gulf War cease-fire resolutions.
One year ago: On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 110.55 to end the day at 5,581 following a 171 .24 plunge the Friday before.
Today's Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 66. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 63. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 61. Musician Flaco Jimenez (The Texas Tornadoes) is 58. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 47. Actress Susan Richardson is 45. Singer Nina Hagen it 42. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 40. Singer Pete Drogc is 28.
Thought for Today: "Death destroys a man; the idea of Death saves him." — E.M. Forster, English author (1879-1970).