The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 16, 1978, Image 11

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THE BATTALION Page 11 MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 1978 Joint engineering program discussed Seminar scheduled for single/divorced students right, A&M engineering officials. A former Texas politico, Farenthold is now president of Wells College in New York. Discussion of a cooperative engi neering education program between Wells College at Aurora, N.Y. and Texas A&M has been initiated. Preparations involved a Thursday visit here by Wells President Frances “Sissy” Farenthold and Wells College alumnus Gladys Heldman. Heldman is editor of the Houston-published “Tennis World.” The visitors conferred with Engi neering Dean Fred J. Benson, other college officials including Dr. Charles Rodenberger and Dr. Doug las Von Gonten, petroleum engi neering department head. If agreed upon, the degree pro gram in petroleum engineering would operate on a 3-to 2 basis. Selected Wells students would study at the New York campus three years and at Texas A&M two, earning B. A. and B.S. degrees at the respective institutions. Wells is a 500-student indepen dent women’s college at Aurora. The college enrolls top students, accord ing to Rodenberger, who study under an 8-tol student-teacher ratio. Farenthold is the well-known former Texas legislator from Corpus Christi who was a gubernatorial can didate. Single, widowed or divorced stu dents who feel a need to talk about their concerns and interests will have a chance during a special weekly seminar beginning Jan. 27 at Texas A&M University, i Sponsored by the Personal Coun seling Service, the meetings will be held 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays, said seminar leader Dr. Joyce O’Rear. Those interested in joining should contact the service in room 017 of the YMCA Building or by phone at 845- 4427. itellectuals back up idea l. TV can help children read azoi hesi j' United Press International IEW YORK — Teachers are ning that television need not be enemy of instruction — it even help children read if properly thosf lesbun st Jod ?nt here was a time when prophets of llectual doom warned that tele- on would do everything from ruin eyesight to atrophy the brain, ials Ik l owno ^ ess an authority than the ' fsidentofthe National Council of |chers of English insists that tele- Ion can help children learn to read write. )r. Maijorie Farmer, who also is [executive director of English and ding curriculum for the 200,000- pil Philadelphia public school sys- said in an interview: Among English teachers, we tget the reaction we used to so en — that television was the emy of instruction. Now the reaction is not necessarily fcative. But teachers haven’t been heated in how to use television as a [ource and many are uneasy with it puse it was not within the scope of iir training. believe television is a major ide for the reception of informa- n and the enhancement of experi le. People just have to learn how :ontrolit. After all, until you make of the library, it just looks like :ks of books and people scurrying «nd. Our whole notion in Philadel- a of our educational job is to give ers more and more control of world around them. Either it itrols them or they manage its *ss to their lives and their use rejects in the schools involving levision can be as simple as teach- the children to use the television ngs in their daily newspaper — at same time familiarizing children 1th the newspaper and giving them i inducement to read. hen a Philadephia newspaper iblished the script of “Roots,” it ved a valuable classroom conver- ion piece. Students can make up their own wing schedules for the week and port on programs they have seen, lich improves their writing skills. Parents as well as teachers should come involved in their children’s levision habits. It’s very important to involve parents,’’ Dr. Farmer says, “and teachers and schools can help do this through programs such as ‘Teachers Guides to Television.’ “Parents need not only to make decisions about what television pro grams their children are going to look at, but also it is a way children and parents can relate television events to their own lives and inter est. “Television can prove a neutral ground for discussing tilings the fam ily needs to talk about. It provides small talk between parents and chil dren like the social talk kids have with their own friends.” She notes that reading scores are lowest where children are poorest and points out that “it is characteris tic of poor families that they do not have a lot of sharing. Television is something they can share.” While she agrees that the time children spend in front of the tube should be sensibly limited, she in sists there is plenty of quality entertainment for them to watch — programs ranging from “Hard Times” and “Roots” to “Eleanor and Franklin” and even “The Hobbit.” She doesn’t stop at shows with ob vious literary merit. “The Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew” are just fine with her, because after a few television episodes, children can be led to the library for further adven tures of their favorite teen-age detec tives. She remembers back to the pre television days of her own childhood when books had hard covers and pa perbacks and magazines just weren’t respectable. “Reading should be fun and for a lot of kids it hasn’t been associated with pleasure,” Dr. Farmer says. “Kids are going to read what they like. Television can be a really useful ally instead of the arch enemy of education as many people still see it. “As parents we must realize that we have some responsibility for the values a child learns and the plot ac tion in television can be a much more effective teacher of certain values than many other ways in which we might try to share our values with them. “The parents must take responsi bility for managing that part of their television experience, reacting with them and questioning what’s on the screen. Parents have to work with Eddie Dominguez '66 jrrrv Joe Arciniega '74 their families to control the use of the meduim — the same way our parents used to watch our books to see we weren’t bringing in too many of the kind you hid under the covers and read by flashlight. 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