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Behind good students are involved parents

November 14, 2012 - . . . And with that we have the problem. Now we need to turn our emphasis to a solution.

There are on-going campaigns for more money for school facilities, teachers, sports palaces, etc. And while taxpayers have been pretty generous for such things, graduation rates have not soared, and in inner cities the rates have declined.

There is a huge void in promoting the need for parental and guardian participation and responsibilities. There must be a way to teach and reach out to people before and after they are parents. With tools, scientific, experiences, studies, whatever, available there must be a way to reach the presently unreached.

C'mon all you nerds, socially conscious and the many others who recognize this as a problem and want to upgrade the masses who are thrown under the buses year after year.

We went to the moon, there must be paths to the classroom doors and beyond.

It may all begin with a method of getting readership. Without the tune of the hickory stick.

Let's turn some doctorate directions to studying and implementing parent-guardian education (responsibility). Could call it behavioral science.

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Which brings me to my question of the day: Why was Latin a required course in my mini-high schools (Morrice and Bancroft) and not even on big school curriculums today?

I've heard Latin was romantic basic language for the science world in the good old days.

In 1943, I learned what "ego amo te" meant. My Latin teacher was a mature, straight-laced old maid. I went up to the front of the class and asked, full voiced, "What does ego amo te mean?"

She paled and said, "It means I love you."

I said, "I love you, too."

I got a laugh from the classroom, but l flunked Latin. I also flunked it the second year and my freshman year at Western Michigan. Then I joined the Navy where no one knew what "ego amo te" meant either.

Latin has also been mostly dropped by Catholics. However, it's coming back. My Sunday paper says Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree creating a new pontifical academy for Latin studies to try to boost interest in the official language of the Catholic Church.

It's needed, he says, because Latin has fallen from grace and is now often learned only as a "superficial."

"Ego amo te."

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I've mentioned before (often) I watch a lot of television, thus a lot of commercials. There are some that Hazel wouldn't approved our kids of viewing. "Buck Naked Underwear" and "Duluth Jeans with a crotch gusset" come to mind.

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• Having been recently diagnosed with arthritis I was pleased to learn low barometric pressure weather causes more hurt. I learned the painful way, cause I really hurt when Sandy was in full force.

• Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow it may be illegal. Or, of course, it could be covered by Obamacare.

• A smile increases your face value.

• If you don't like the way I drive get off the sidewalk.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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