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7<fo @*M*eu** RECORD
CANADIAN, HEMPHILL CO., TEXAS
THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1992
spur of the
going to get it for you. But Barnum was right...whenever a sucker
is born, there’ll also be one to take him.
No company can fix' your credit rating...only you can do
that. If the offer is too good to be true, chances are that it
isn’t. Don’t ever give your money, your Social Security
number, your bank account number or your credit card
number to anyone you don’t know. If you do, you ve got a
great chance to join P.T. Barnum’s sucker club, and you 11
have lots of company.
IIThEN ONE’S REBELLION backs him
W W into a corner, then further attacks on his
person will only continue to strengthen his rehel-
^ to the editors
To the Editor:
Thank goodness Tom
Brokaw of NBC is the only one
showing Japan not on top, as
everyone (including them)
Swindles in their country
awry, and to think we built
their country’, an enemy, back
better than before the war. As
for me, I will never forget the
Bataan Death March and ter-
rible treatment of our armed
personnel. And don’t think
they wouldn’t do the same
Too, on the news Japan
refused to allow anyone to see
the scores of their students,
despite all other countries com-
plying. Doesn’t that tell you
Death penalty costs too much?
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that Johnny Frank was a victim of the society in
which he grew up, an abused youth with a long
history of juvenile offenses leading up to the
ultimate one, and an example of failure by
society, including the Catholic Diocese to which
he belonged. The Bishop feels a personal respon-
sibility, and we recognize his anguish. But the
past cannot be changed. We may learn from our
mistakes, but cannot alter them, any more than
we can relieve this individual of the consequen-
ces of his actions. He cannot be changed, now,
But at some point we must accept the verdict
of the jury and of the courts, and the established
rules of our society. We believe that point...the
recognition of guilt and the assessment of the
penalty after due deliberation...was reached
nearly ten years ago, and prolonging the agony
is not justified. The cost, in dollars, is certainly
too high. Better that we should spend those dol-
lars, and that energy, and the talent which is
consumed, in trying to improve things for the
future...not to change the past.
* * *
Politics is a strife of interest masquerading as a
contest of principles; the conduction of public affairs for
This is only a Test!
A GUEST EDITORIAL
By Editor Mary Henkel Judson
Reprinted from the
Port Aransas South Jetty
E SEEM COMPELLED to measure, sur-
w w vey, and compare ourselves. Politicians,
scientists, academicians, journalists...we all do
it. Depending on how the chips fall, we either
take the results to the bank or pooh-pooh them
as meaningless and insignificant. And we keep
on measuring, surveying and comparing.
So now the TAAS results are in. TAAS is the
acronym for the Texas Assessment of Academic
Skills test. It is supposed to be an improvement
over the TEAMS (don’t ask!) Test which it
The TAAS, which will also be replaced, is
supposed to test a student’s analytical skills, as
opposed to the ability to memorize and recite.
Last year our school system shouted the
results of the TAAS test from the highest hill
(dune?). We creamed ’em!
This year the results are good in most cases,
but not stellar. Administrators and the board
fear that teachers will take this too much to heart
and be unduly discouraged.
Teachers, parents, and the community need
to keep two things in mind. One, the test is
intended not only as a measure of student
, , achievement* but, as a, diagnostic tool to deter-
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mine where a student needs help or excels. A test
that will only provide a district with high scores
that make it and the student look good to the
general public can’t accomplish that goal.
Two, this is a test...it is only a test. One test.
The success or failure of a district and its
teachers should not be determined on the basis
of a single test.
We get something back from this test: infor-
mation about how to do a better job of reaching
individual students so they might fulfill their
Such tests are not unlike newspaper contests
we enter I he South Jetty in every year. We enter
not so much to win as to learn. It is an oppor-
tunity to have our work examined and criti-
qued...first by us as we review our year’s work to
choose our entries, then by the judges.
When the results are in, we look at how we
stacked up against other newspapers, we read
the comments, and we come home to try to do a
better job for the ones who really count: our
readers and advertisers. You’re why we’re here.
We don t exist for the sake of contests, but we
learn from them, year after year.
Our school district and our teachers should
not exist for test scores. ..they should exist for our
students. By Darticipating in those tests, and
studying the results, our school can do a better
job for the ones who really count: our kids!
Take that to the bank!
Here’s what’s next.
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Ezzell, Ben & Ezzell, Nancy. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 13, 1992, newspaper, February 13, 1992; Canadian, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth736932/m1/4/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.