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tests under attack for
P) -Culturally schools show that in the academic year makes .the Balboa High School dren, says, "It's our opinion that
y trapped young' 1976-77, blacks were 29 per cent of total sophomore football team, there's no such thing as culture-free IQ
sses for the men- 'student enrollnent and were 53.8 per But when he recalled his experience tests." Banning the tests in California
ay be doing the cent of the students in the EMR classes, in the EMR classes, he said, "I only would "have a tremendous ripple ef-
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"James (now 16) willnever go to college.
Education-wise, he's hurt. I hold the

If I

have

to

do it (prove the discriminatory nature
of IQ tests) publicly to let other black
parents know. what's happening to their
kids, it's worth the effort."f
- Selena Coleman, plaintiff's mother
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learned just a little." And now, even in feet," he said. "What you will tend to'
regular classes, "they ain't giving me get is voluntary withdrawal of IQ tests
the work I'm supposed to be doing," he nationally."
said. WILSON RILES, the state's first black
Attorney Bill Harris, who joins the superintendent of schools and a defend-
NAACP on the legal' team for the chil- ant in the case, says IQ tests are cultur-

culturaL
ally biased. But as one of several tools
in the hands of skilled personnel, he
said, the tests can provide useful infor-
mation and need not discriminate.
Dr. Asa Hilliard, dean of the school of
education at San Francisco State
University, was the first of a prestigi-
ous list of witnesses to testify about the
tests' alleged built-in bias against
blacks.
Hilliard told U.S. District Court
Judge Robert Peckham that IQ tests
ask black children the wrong questions
and don't give credit for answers drawn
from their cultural experience.
AS AN EXAMPLE, Hilliard read this
question from the Wechsler Intelligen-
ce Scale for Children: "Why is it better
to pay bills by check than by cash?" He
said the question "assumes that you are
living in that part of the economy where
money comes in regularly. But what if
your family doesn't have a checking
account? Are you ignorant or not intelli-
gent because you haven't had that ex-
perience?"
Dr. James Ricks, senior vice
president of Psychological Corp., a sub-

_ ..

Elderly flock to Senior Healt

don't have their own regular physician
or who are referredi from health units
throughout the community, Yank said.
Plans are also underway to add other
services to the clinic, including a podia-
try clinic, nutritional counseling, and
occupational and physical therapy.
TURNER'S MEDICAL director, Ivan
Duff, said he foresees a day hospital in
the near future, to serve the patient who
doesn't need acute in-patient care but
needs medically oriented health service
two to four days a week.
"Some patients might be recovering
from a stroke and need speech therapy,
and others who have had new hip joints
will need physical therapy," he said.
"It's for those who are not ready to go
home but don't need the sheltered envi-
ronment of a hospital."
Yank said he believes geriatric cen-
ters such as the University's are a
growing trend throughout the country.
"THE POPULATION is raging
dramatically and there are a lot more
progressive, chronic ailments which
are not getting treated well," he said..
In general, Yank said, there is a lack
of emphasis on the problems of aging.
"At Michigan there is no specialized
division in geriatric medicine," Yank'
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said. "I hope the Turner Clinic will act.
as a stimulas for more interest in geri-
atrics."
THE DIRECTOR of the Washtenaw
County Council on Aging, Dayton Ben-
jamin, agreed with Yank.
"Look in the Yellow Pages and see if
there are any physicians and surgeons
in geriatrics," Benjamin said. "There
are none." The Turner Clinic is the first
(Continued from Page 11
had been reported there since the
Lunham's visit.
DR. LUCY DUNCAN, an' Ontario
health official, said the Lunhams and
their baby might have carried the
disease'back to .their Ann Arbor
home. Although the Lunham's baby
had gotten sick, and was treated at
the reserve when they were there,
diptheria was not suspected at that
time.
Doctors had feared the child might
have contracted the killer disease.
DUNCAN said the four cases of
diptheria are the first she has seen in
28 years in Ontario. Ann Arbor
doctors said they have not had a con-
firmed case here in at least 20 years.
Doctors said it might have been
possible for the Lunham's to unknow-
ingly carry the disease home. In that
case, there would be a threat of
spreading the disease..
Dr. William Oliver, chairman of
pediatrics at University Hospital was

11 bias
-sidiary of Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, Inc. which publishes the
Wechsler test, said "the questions cer-
tainly would be easier for some groups
of people than others." But he said if
schools use the tests properly and un-
derstand their limits, they can "help
the child by helping professionals to un-
derstand them better, to understand
them more objectively."
Ricks said the Wechsler test ha +n
revised since the suit was filed, but t
torneys for the children say the tests
remain biased and underestimate the
learning ability of young blacks.
. All six youngsters had scored below
75 on standardized IQtests on which 100
is considered normal) But the children
scored from 17 to 35 poihts higher when
they were -retested by the Bay Area
Association of Black Psychologists.
Dr. Harold Dent, one of those
psychologists, said the children were
given the same test questions. The
scores were higher because "we were
flexible in using examples and
language the child was familiar with,"
he said.
h Fair
facility which professes to specialize in!
the care of older people."
The building was made possible by a-
bequest from the estate of Amy Turner.
Her husband, Scott, who died in 1972
was a 1902 graduate of the University.
"The benefactor specifically request-
ed the money be used for the design of a
building devoted to the study, care anrd
research of elderly people," Yank said<
ler control 1,x
auick to point out the possibility of
diptheria was in no way directly con-
nected to the croup outbreak.
So far, diptheria has only been
reported at Kettle Point, about 30
miles northeast of Sarnia, Ontario.
Croup has been reported in a 30-mile
radius around Ann Arbor, including
the western part of Detroit.
JONES' WORD GOOD
NEW YORK (AP)-Bobby Jones,
star forward of the Denver Nuggets of
thie NBA, put his money where his
moth was. Toward the end of the
basketball season,.Bobby was notified
that he was leadingin in the $10,000
Seagram Seven Crown of Sports com-
puter basketball competition. He
promised to give the money to charity if
he won.
That's what he did. After winning the
$10,000 prize, Jones wrote checks which
totaled that sum. The money went to a
church in Denver, two churches in
Charlotte, N.C., his home town, the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the
Bible Study- Foundation, Youth for
Christ, the Inter-Varsity Christi an
Fellowship and the Christian Broad-
casting Network. Bobby also
established a trust fund for fromer Nor-
th Carolina teammate Brad Hoffman
for urgent family medical expenses.

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