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By Thomas Tsai Junior High LInited States is now the strongest nation in the a hundred years of education has prepar- students to meet the world, but America's standards dropping. Our nation's has been its prepara- students. But, in few years, foreign are edging America off tron00 chools'* !!i By Sarah Gibbs Junior High needs strong schools to be strong. If people educated, more get jobs and that to cut down on un- and poverty. If work for money, need to steal to get could build confi- :Children, they might not need to drink or take would help them to and build up self- i teach important things If everyone had and schooling, peace. Gibson High School that makes nations United States, the Germany and and other count- Salvador, Morroco, Iran and Uganda not Is generally argued of countries is advanced, and and politically that's not what great. What makes the government. Some in America now only re- arts classes lear- Americans with little in science or Many foreign including Japan, Taiwan require their to take fantastic of science and mathe- !Which has now begun to results in economic, financial status. In world, we need to and strengthen our enough to catch our foreign compe- But many foreign are catching up and gap betwen them and government the greatest amount of on education, only sur- by their military spend- eed to see marked im- in our schools. Edu- what propelled America position, and it is is going to get us us there. him to think about. Strong eventually into the fund for careful whenmakingcuts in the J schools promote and hold the intellectual threads of a society by creating thinkers. Besides teaching students to think, a good school teaches incentive and the reprecussions of hard work. It gives people strengtfi to know that if they work hard enough they can get what they want. Besides turning out a group of people who are intellectually capable and are strong of charac- ter, school is the tool by which knowledge is passed from one generation to the next. The im- parting of knowledge has always been considered the prominent reason for school and it's very important. So much has been dis- covered about man and his world in the past. If every generation had to start at the beginning and rediscover what generations be- fore had already discovered, we'd still be in the Dark Ages. Now, though, because of school a person can learn several life- times of knowledge in a few years and then add to that. his own ideas. Students have the capabil- ity of achieving heights in inven- tions and ideas never dreamed of by great men of the past. An example is the scientific field. If we didn't study in school the work of Pasteur, Fleming and Niels Vohr, we would still be looking for answers like bacteria, peni- cillin and the atom instead of new answers like a cure for cancer and how to use atomic power. Schools help people work to their potential and in turn those people help their nation become great. People must continue to make their schools in their country better and better so that there will be strong people, great ideas and strong nations. By Carol Jean Miller Cheney High School Today America dominates as a world power. As a leader Amer- ica has a responsibility to set good examples for the rest of the world. For America to maintain its world responsibility and power, it must have a strong educational system. Therefore a strong America needs strong schools. Strong schools provide students with the opportunity to receive an excellent education. It is true that school may create an atmosphere conductive to competition among the students, who compete aca- demically with each other. How- ever, students also learn to work with each other. Students learn to cooperate through group pro- jects, class discussions, clubs, schools. Besides aiding to finance public schools, this student will be serving some function in society, whether it is a garbage man or a heart surgeon. Rather than being an unproductive member of society, he will be an asset. Conceivably, knowledge could be employed in means harmful to society. However, man has been able to improve his life with the knowledge he has obtained. Medi- cal advancements have bene- fitted from education and the strong desire to help others; with education came the discovery of" a vaccination for polio. The need for a more efficient lifestyle has motivated men to improve tech- nology. The knowledge we re- ceive through education provides the means to develop better technology. Therefore, the know- ledge gained by education im- proves our lives. A strong America needs strong schools. If high quality education exists in America, its leader- ship will help other nations to grow and improve. By Pete Jones Cheney High School teacher To say "we need strong schools to maintain a strong nation" is true. However, it may very well be an understatement. With the threat of nuclear war forcing us to face the realty of the resulting massive destruction of such an event, we could say "we need strong schools to maintain a civilized world." More than the fate of the nation is at stake - the fate of the world could be. As one of the two super powers in the world today, the decisions made by this nation are more critical than decisions made by other nations. Mistakes or mis- calculations could spell "doom". This is an awesome responsibility -- a responsibility shared with the U.S.S.R., the other super power in the world today. In contrast to the Soviet Union, public opinion in this country has clout. Our elective leaders more readily respond to the desires of the people when formulating governmental policy. As an elector in this representative democracy each citizen has an input. Since the people of this country indirectly determine govern- mental policy and this country's policies are critical to world peace, an educated, responsible citizenry is essential if global nuclear war is to be avoided. With this in mind, educators should plan curriculum. social studies area. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Through social studies, stu- dents study human behavior. They become more familiar with the family, their community, their nation and their world. A better understanding of our social environment at all levels is important, living in a world threatened with nuclear holo- caust places a premium on global relations. A good social studies program can teach a student to be proud of his/her heritage and country, and not foster excessive ethnocentric attitudes. Taught from a global perspective it could create a better understanding of the people of the world that just may cause us to trust more and fear less, look for areas of coopera- tion rather than over emphasiz- ing competition. At the present time, a strong military is necessary as long as our counterpart maintains one. But a strong military will not bring us peace, only time to seek peace. And time is rapidly run- ning out. Peace will come only through human understanding and international cooperation. Our students should be prepared to work toward that goal. III By Adelle Maggs Windsor Librarian The slogan "A strong nation needs strong schools" is being heard and read frequently right now. At the heart of every strong school curriculum is an effective library program. Library skills taught in today's schools prepare tomorrow's leaders for success by teaching students to locate needed information in a media center using books, periodicals, audio-visual materials and other library resources. Students are also encouraged to become aware of the library as a center for life-long learning. By Fritz McGinnis Cheney Merchant The most precious resource we have as a nation are the young people of America. Providing the right type of education for our young people is a must, if we are to remain a strong and viable force in the free world. The cornerstone of all education is formed at home, but the bulk of being educated, learning to inter- act with others and developing the concepts of responsible citizenship takes place in the schools. November 18, 1982 School Report Page 9 and mathematics. Our levels and budget have of some neces-