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PEt{gINS, PAYNE COUNT'f, KLAHOMA i): Mr. and Mrs. Roland Sodowsky Editor and Publishers Published every Thursday and entered as second class matter at the Perkins, Okiahoma, Post Office, under the Act of Congress, March 3, 2897. Subscription Rates: $2.00 a year in Payne, Lincoln and Logan coun~ Ira: $3.00 a year if sent 0 at of the above mentioned counties. iii i!i ~i(> !!?/ ~i !i ! M :MBER All I know is whaf I read in fhe papers---Will Roge, s THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1962 PAGE 6 Vocational Training-- i~ ~!!i i:?!( ' A Missin Link? Karl Doss, of the Oklahoma State university Safety Center, threw a double handful of ideas at Perkins Lions club members Monday night concerning a variety of subjects. Mr Dose' central theme was a pitch for the increased use of vocational training programs in high schools. He made his point very well, we felt. He pointed out that, while most high schools are trying to prepare their students for College work, a very large majority of high school graduates never attend college. It is this group of young men entering the labor market, many with no skill or training in any vocation whatsoever, which is swelling our un- employed ranks, and which, if unchecked, will cause even greater unemployment in the future, Doss believes. In industry, Doss says, an increasingly wide gap is appearing between the engineer--the college4rained man--and the skilled worker. In this void the "in between man," the technician, is needed, and is needed desperately by industry today, he says. Students completing some of the "technical courses"--generally two-year courses=--at Oklahoma State university and other such Institutions are being snapped up by industry ~* The ranks of the "blue collar worker" are being depleted every day, according to Doss, and it is not difficult to visualize continued shrinking of this group as improved manufacturing processes, automation, replaces more and more industrial operat- ions which now require large amounts of manual labor. Initial attempts on the part of the federal government to retrain work- ers who have been replaced by automation, or left jobless due to a shift in consumer demand for a product, such as coal, have shown that it is difficult indeed to persuade a man to forget about the work which he has known for many years and to learn a new skill. The logical place to meet the challenge of pre~arinz 2. potent- ially huge number of people for the skills which a changing in- dustrial world will need is in our high schools. Actually, "vocat- ional" instruction is nothing new to most schools, as Doss pointed out. Vocational agriculture training and home economics vocat- ional training have long been a part of most schools' curriculum, as has "shop" instruction. Doss advocates increased use of the "industrial arts" courses in ~high school, and we hearti'y agree with him. Industrial arts courses give students a speaking acquaintance with a number of trades, such as automotive servicing, carpentry, printing, etc. Thus, at an" early age, a student may learn enough about some of the various trades to perhaps develop an interest in one of them. It follows, that, if the specialized courses were available. the student might then pursue his interest by enrolling in those courses, and upon graduation be of immediate use to industry. A bit of personal testimony to the worth of this type of early training-- A cot~ple of years ago, a young man, a graduate of the Chilocco Indian school, was employed by the Journal on a part- time basis while he attended OSU. He financed most of his college education, including a masters degree in education, thr- ough parttime work in printing, and, despite our personal pre- ference for "country-trained" printers, we will have to admit that he was an exceptionally well-trained printer. Ironicall~r, he dis- covered that it would take many years, and considerable good luck, in his career as a teacher before his salary wouId equal the salaries being paid to ,printers with~ ability by many daily newspapers. Several larger high schools in Oklahoma are operating vocat- ional departments presently, and. according to Doss, a good many schools are planning such departments. While we think continued emphasis on and improved methods of preparing students for college-level education is essential, at the same "time one cannot disregard the large majority of our "" ~-'--~' ---'~ -: v- ~ .... o of ]~': ability, a.isin'.cr(.st oz' desire, Wall never atteud cJdege. These students must also be given the benefit of the education Which will give them the best chance of earning a livelihood and finding a place in the comm- unity. It is our duty to help them have that ot~portunity. More than once. the Perkins school has led the way in im- proving its educational offerings, in keeping pace with the times. Perhaps it can do it once again in the vocational education area. I - //1# FATIGUE CAIJSES :: Tkev rcccivod.., with a|l rc::dinc:s of mind. --(Acts 17 :l ] ). ~iii~j~i~i~!~!~i}i~i~i~iiiiiiiii~iiiii~~ am one ,,;Lh L:,.:,d. my al!-pro- :...:,::~.,~::,, ~;:: :-::::;:::~:~:~::::::~:~::.~:.::~:~:~;~:,::~:~:~:~:~:....:,~:~ v:d'ng ,'~ood; l am open and re~-:mtive to prcspcritv and gu.can:c, ~ve m,~:.e the e,- ~,~ntial move toward the ful- filhncn: of our needs Other Editors' There's nothing like a day of fishing, especially when the fish decide to cooperate. But, as great as the day had been, Ray E., con- tent, but bone tired, was glad to be heading home. ! It had been a hectic Saturday. Ray worked the night shift Fri- day, then he and A1 had left for their favorite lake as soon as they got off work. He glanced over at A1 dozing in the seat next to him. Ray hadn't had a chance to sleep that day, but he figured there would be plenty of time to catch up on sleep the next day. As tired as he was, he kept his eyes open and fixed on the road ahead. Ray E. was not the type to fail asleep at the wheel~ And though they were heavy and smarting from lack of sleep, he thought to himself proudly, his eyes were open, even if his vision was a little blurred. He was almost on top of the slow moving truck before he real- ized it was in front of him. He slammed on the brakes, but it was too late. His eyes were wide open, still, as the car crunched into and under the rear of the heavy semi-trailer. The person who drives when tired places himself in a constant danger. Reaction time, vision, and comprehension are seriously inhibited by fatigue. Too often', drivcr~ v:ho think they can make a "few more miles" pay for their confidence with a serious injury. This material prepared in the in- terest of safer driving as part of the Allstate Insurance Companies' Safety Crusade. There may be some good in Federal Aid in medicine through the proposed social security plan. But, we're wondering if the cure will not be worse than the disease. --The Tahlequah News One of the phony ideas getting wide circulation in the U.SA. these days is this: If you believe in the profit system you are not a humanitarian. Humanitarism is being defined as opposed to the profit system-- which is pictured as greedy, selfish and evil. But there are just two facts we ought to concentrate upon: 1. Every practical humanitarian project in the United States exists and thrives solely because of the profit system Riot Call Sunday Nigh~ Rub-a-dub rap ..... Three men in a scrap, And who do you think they be ? A tough harness mender, A worse auto vendor, And a much-frightened referee. Last Sunday evening the police department of this city received a call from a woman stating that two men were trying to kill each other at the four corners north of town. The entire police force was immediately ordered out. When he arrived on the scene of the reported disorder, it was only to learn that It was but a couple of local pugilistic stars each of whom had an ambition to become another Jack Dempsey, and were working out in a practical way. In the second round blood was observed flowing from the fingers of the combatants and the referee immediately stopped the fight. No ,blood woukl have been shed but the contestants bit off each others f~nger nails. It was said that the b-~rs had, witnessed the "Dempsey-Firpo Fight" films recently exhib,~ed at Cushing. (From the June 6, 1924 edition of th~ Perkins Journal.) 2. Every so-called non-proflt erf- terprise in the United States oper- ates on gifts and funds supplied by those who do make profits. --The Oklahoma County News, Jones, Okla. Even though, the cities may eventually win out and the state reapportioned according to popul- ation such a plan may be disaster-- ous to a large rural area of the state. The majority generally eventually does get its way even though there have been countless times throughout history wher~ the majority were far from right, As the noted educator Horace Mann once wrote. "We go by the majority and if the majority are insane, then the sane go to the hospital." It's the Law in Oklahoma Oaths And Religion An Oklahoma City or Tulsa Legislator will certainly not know how the state can best help the rural areas as well as a legislator who lives in that area. And even if the City Legislator does know what the rural areas need he won't be too interested in seeing that they get it. --The Wellston News Boiled down a membership in the chamber of commerce denotes Separation of church and state religious references, the govern- believing in the community, be- is a basic principle in our law. ment cannot force a person to For example the other day a profess a belief or disbelief in re- lieving that men play a bigger Maryland citizen sought a notary's ligion. , ,part in town and area building commission. To get it, he wouldGovernment cannot "establish than do natural resources, and have to declare his belief in God. religion" and must remain out of that towns are what men make them. Refusing to make this religious religious activities so far as poss- declaration, he got ~o license He ible. ---The Cherokee Messenger sued for it and lost. How far can the government go in religious activities? The state He took his case to the U.S. can 'provide buses for parochial Supreme Court. The court said he schools to promote safety for My N ighb should get his license without tak- children (not to establish relig- 0 0 r S ing the religious oath. The court ion). State schools may release iotorcc tew reorcc__ ~_~~~,,~,.~~ since it violates the safeguards of church or church school can claim freedom of religion, tax exemptions. At common law all oaths re- In the past, the U.S. has provid- ferred to God. Their reference to ed funds for ex-G.I.'s to go to God was a reminder of possiblecolleges, some of them religious. ~ , till. punishment for a false oath. For The Armed Services have long .,, ~, ~ .~_~.: centuries, an. Englishman who had chaplains of various religious ~~~, would not take such an oath could faiths A long time ago the U.S. not enforce his rights in court, used funds to aid missionaries. "1 ~- ~)~':'~~J Today, other solemn declarat- (This column, prepared by the lots are allowe4 to b~r,d a perso-'~ Okla}'oma Ba- A~ociatio~, ~3 ferring to God. No ,person should ever apply or , The U.S. Constitution says that interpret any law without the aid "Before I got married I had "no religious test shall ever be re- of an attorney, who is fully ad- six theories about bringing quired as a qualification to any vised concerning the facts involv- up children. Now I have six. office of public trust under the ed, because a slight variance in children and no theories." United States." facts may change the application Though some federal oaths have of the law.)