April 29, 2009 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Abby Houston, 12, Kaitlyn Statler, six months and Austin Statler, six months, are the grandchildren of Larry and Rosalie Statler, formerly of Walnut Ridge.

Abby is the daughter of Kelli Houston of Jonesboro and David Houston of Mobile, Ala. She is also the granddaughter of Bill and Peggy Houston of Trumann.

Austin and Kaitlyn are the children of Todd and Kristi Statler of Jonesboro. They are also the grandchildren of Fred and Pat Qualls of Lake City.

German, U.S. educational
systems compared

At the moment there is a great deal of discussion about education in the United States and in Germany. I believe that it is interesting to compare the school system in Germany to the system in the United States, as they are completely different and served different goals in the past.

The schools in the United States had the goal of making Americans out of the immigrants who came from various countries. My mother attended a school in Minnesota in which the pupils were forbidden to speak their native language on the school grounds. In the beginning it was quite difficult for her to even talk with her brother and friends who all spoke Danish.

The schools in Germany had a much different goal in the past, but here too the situation has changed. All children in Germany attend a primary school just as in the United States, but after the fourth class, the children are separated and assigned to one of three types of schools, normally by the teachers based on grades, deportment, maturity, and so forth. Parents have little influence in this decision. continued...

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