The Michigan Daily-Sunday, April 2, 1978-Page 7
25,000 Israelis rally
AN EVENING WITH
concessions in Middle East
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - A
movement of Israeli army veterans
calling itself "Peace Now" drew a
crowd of 25,000 to a rally yesterday
demanding that Prime Minister
Menachem Begin make new con-
cessions for peace.
The turnout, huge by Israeli standar-
ds, amounted to a serious challenge to
Begin's refusal to relinquish the oc-
cupied West Bank of the Jordan River
in the interest of a peace agreement
with the Arabs. The estimate of the
crowd in City Hall Square was provided
"WE HAVE more responsibility
toward our children than toward our
forefathers," proclaimed the master of
ceremonies, referring to Begin's view
that theWest Bank is Jewish land from
The demonstrators waved banners
demanding a halt to the building of
Jewish settlements in occupied Arab
land and calling for more generous
Many of Israel's top artists, including
actress Hanna Meron, who lost a leg in
a Palestinian terrorist attack enter-
tained the crowd with songs, poetry and
"SING A SONG, a song of peace,"
chanted the crowd, echoing a popular
song that has become the anthem of the
Israeli peace movement.
"Peace is not a dream," said one
There was no immediate government
comment, but earlier in the day, Defen-
se Minister Ezer Weizman, who retur-
ned Friday from talks in Egypt with
President Anwar Sadat, cautioned that
negotiations would require patience.
The Peace Now movement started
last month when 300 war veterans
signed a petition to Begin urging him to
be flexible toward the Arabs. Begin
responded that the veterans were a
minority compared with the Israelis
who elected him last May, and told
them to let him conduct peace
THE VETERANS won considerable
attention, primarily because many are
decorated war heroes who could not be
accused of being backed by the un-
popular Israeli Communist Party.
Omri Padan, areserve army officer
who fought in the 1973 war, urged
Israelis at the rally "to protest the un-
compromising and extreme policy of
He said: "No chance for peace must
be missed, so that if nothing else, the
soldier climbing aboard his armored
car will be convinced of the justice of
The Peace Now movement claims to
have gathered more than 10,000
signatures on a new petition to be
presented to Begin. It is mounting a
permanent "peace watch" of demon-
strators outside Begin's Jerusalem of-
fice and is issuing "Peace Now" bum
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Rigorous academic standards boost SATs
WASHINTON (AP) - Rigorous
academic standards and an avoidance
of fads seem to be the secret of success
for high schools whose students are
bucking a trend toward lower
scholastic aptitude test scores.
That's the conclusion of the National
Association of Secondary School Prin-
cipals, which studied 34 high schools
whose students have done unusually
well recently on the Scholastic Aptitude
SINCE 1963 the national -average on
the verbal SAT has plummeted 49 poin-
ts to 429, and 32 points on math, to 470.
The tests, which are used widely for
college admissions, are scored on a
scale of 200 to 800.
But the SAT scores at the 34 schools
from various regions of the country
held steady or improved from 1973 to
S1976, and their 1973 scores "were ap-
proximately the same as in 1965," the
The schools that swam against "this
national tide .. . took certain initiatives
or else maintained some specific 'stan-
dards' that they considered important
to the success of their college-bound
students," said the study which was
released here late last week.
THE REPORT said the school of-
ficials involved relied on tough
academic standards and showed an
unwilingness to subscribe to such
educational fads as the relaxed
teaching environment typified by the
so-called "open classroom" concept.
"They cannot be stereotyped ,
the report said of the 34 schools .
". Some are located in affluent,
highly educated communities; others
are found in blue collar neigh
In the 34 high schools, the parents and
the community strongly supported the
emphasis on rigorous academic work,
the principals' study said.
SOME SCHOOLS that successfully
maintained high score did so only with
a special effort to encourage student
enrollment in advanced mathematics
and.English composition classes, while
also resisting with- some success the
national tendency for fewer courses in
the foreign languages and physical
sciences," it added.
In contrast, the report said, schools
with severely declining test scores
showed a sharp drop n enrollment in
geometry and advanced math classes,
and they "moved determinedly"
toward mixing students of all abilities
in the same classes.
"Perhaps. . . these schools were too
responsive to the popular demands and
social distractions of the times," the
LAST SUMMER a blue-ribbon panel
of the College Board blamed a host of
factors for the declining SAT test
scores, included educational fads,
changes in family life and "un-
precedented turbulence in the nation's
The panel said most of the decline up
until 1970 was due to a jump in the num-
ber of minor.ity and other disadvan-
taged students taking the SATs. But
since 1970, it said, the decline was "vir-
tually across the board, affecting high-
scoring and lower-scoring groups
Pasquale Paolantonio, principal of
Johnston High School in Rhode Island,'
one of high-performance schools, said
his school "has maintained a rather
traditional curriculum. We have not
adopted many of the 'fads' of educa-
NINETY PERCENT of the principals
of the 34 schools had been at the same
schools at least since 1965. The College
Board found last year that schools with
experienced teachers fared better than
The 34 schools also had lower
minority enrollments than the national
average-8 percent compared with 13
percent, the study showed. Not all their
courses were academic, however. Two-
thirds had expanded work-study
programs in the previous decade.
The report concluded that good test
scores "reflect expectations and effort,
not wizardry." And it said that if "some
programs are ignored, or'achievement
is ridiculous as 'elitist,' then the out-
come is predictable."
ISA hunger strike
approaches sixth day
By RICHARD BERKE
Fifteen Iranian 'students, who have
participated in a hunger strike since
Tuesday night, say they're fit and will
continue their fast until demands of
Iranian political prisoners are met.
The students, members of the Iranian
Students Association of Ann Arbor and
Ypsilanti (ISA), initiated the strike to
join Iranian political prisoners who
have refused to eat since March 15. The
prisoners want better treatment and
improved prison conditions in Iran.
ISA MEMBERS vow to continue the
strike until the one in Iran ends-which
could be a long time. So far none of the
students have become ill but, since
yesterday, a doctor, has been
periodically visitingthe strikers.
They are staging their protest at Lord
of Light Lutheran Church on Forest
Street. The students are drinking water
or tea at four hour intervals and most
say they don't have the energy to attend
classes or do muoh else.
Participants hope that their local
strike-in addition to current strikes in
East Lansing, Southern California,
Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C.-will
spur international interest in the plight
of the political prisoners.
"THERE'S BEEN quite a bit of
publicity about improving conditions,"
said an ISA spokesperson. "This kind of
publicity on the international level is
exposing the (Shah's) regime and it
The students say they are in good
health, though some complain of diz-
"I think it's (the strike) going
alright," said one ISA member. "A lot
of people come and visit and show their
solidarity-it makes us feel strong."
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-$430,000 spent from city funds for resurfacing last
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-it will include estimated costs, financial options,
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