An editor's notes
by James A. Dunlap Editor, The Herald
Friday, June 18, 1976
A weirdness sadly all too rare
You're weird, Ted, said a fellow teacher one day to Ted Pedas, planetarium director at Farrell High School.
Ted Pedas may be considered weird in the distorted perspective on values held by some persons today. And unfortunately, he probably is unusual, for he has willingly bucked a trend of reduced philanthopic giving to education as reported recently by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel. While all philanthropic giving rose last year 6.5 per cent, contributions to education were down 3.5 per cent.
But instead of being weird, Ted Pedas is one of those all too rare individuals who sincerely believes that this Bicentennial offers Americans the opportunity to rededicate themselves to the principles set forth by out Founding Fathers.
We must rededicate ourselves to the challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, he said at the meeting this week of the Farrell Area School Board.
Some of our greatest challenges and opportunities are in education. If we turn our backs on the young people who will lead this third century then we will have forsaken the lofty achievements of two centuries of national life
I do feel that in eduction we have the talent and the resources to enhance the character and dignity of future generations.
Yes, Ted Pedas is different.
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