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MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 1978
Seminar scheduled for
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
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
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
Single, widowed or divorced stu
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their concerns and interests will
have a chance during a special
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i Sponsored by the Personal Coun
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held 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays, said
seminar leader Dr. Joyce O’Rear.
Those interested in joining should
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itellectuals back up idea
l. TV can help children read
United Press International
IEW YORK — Teachers are
ning that television need not be
enemy of instruction — it even
help children read if properly
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
)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
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
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-
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
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
“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
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
“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
“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
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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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