Thanks for coverage

DEAR EDITOR,

God has two dwellings, one in Heaven and the other in a thankful heart. Thank you, Atchison Globe, for the coverage (see Wednesday, April 30, edition) of the Cornerstone SDA Church Walk-a-thon (event on April 28)! God bless.

— REGINA SMITH,

Atchison

AMS eighth-grader learned a lot

DEAR EDITOR,

Thanks so much for allowing me to job shadow (at the newspaper) on (April 26). I enjoyed learning about the different journalism career routes, such as specializing on writing about specific subjects, like politics or science.

I had a great time talking about our different points of view on the education system. I enjoy being able to have conversations like that, where my opinions are taken seriously, and I actually felt like I was being listened to. Also, learning about what “deadline” means was hilarious and is something I definitely won’t be forgetting any time soon.

I hope that one day, I will be a professional journalist, and maybe even become a best-selling author, as I dream to be. This experience is something that has taught me many important things, and was enjoyable as well. Thanks again for spending the day with me last Friday.

— HANNAH CARLISLE,

Atchison

‘We were better prepared’

DEAR EDITOR,

In 1943, I started elementary school in Charles City, Iowa, which taught kindergarten through sixth grade. We were graded as follows:

E, meaning “excellent,” for doing well on 95 to 100 percent of our work;

S, meaning “superior,” for doing well on 90 to 95 percent of it;

M, meaning “medium,” for doing well on 80 to 90 percent of it;

I, meaning “inferior,” for doing well on only 70 to 80 percent of it;

and U, “unsatisfactory,” for failing below the 70th percentile.

Today’s grading system of F on the low end and A on the high end is more generous. If the grading standards of today were the same as back in the 1950’s, I would have had an “A” average while taking all advanced math subjects, plus biology, chemistry and physics, in addition to required courses.

As it was, I scored an “M” or above in all of my classes, so I didn’t have to go to school for the semester tests. To tell the truth, I enjoyed both athletic competition, and the challenge of scholastic academics offered back when I was being educated.

Today, it’s much easier for students to graduate from high school than it was 60 years ago. We were better prepared for the future.

— TERRANCE HAWBAKER,

Effingham

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