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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHVRIDQE HERALD Monday, April 1, Most teachers 'ill-prepared for Hutterite school situation9 By WARREN CARAGATA HwaM Staff Writer Many teachers in Hutterite Colony Schools are ill-prepared to deal with the special situations they face on the colonies, a sociology professor told delegates Saturday at a conference on Hutterite education. George Mann, professor at the University of Lethbridge who has completed a study on education in Hutterite schools that included interviews with 41 colony teachers, said there Is little in modern teacher training that prepares a teacher to go into a multi-grade school. "They have to be ready to handle a completely new situation under serious Prof. Mann said. And many of the teachers placed in a Hutterite school have little knowledge of the brethren's beliefs, or why they live the way they do." I Teachers have a responsibility to learn about the Hutterite way of life while teaching on a colony, he said. The students have to be taught within the framework of their own culture, he said, suggesting that the University of Lethbridge should set up a special course in Hutterian culture and language. Teachers going out to a colony should, he said, be highly qualified so they can deal with an overloaded classroom with as many as eight or nine grades. A colony teacher may have as many as 25 students, all in different grades, Prof. Mann said. In addition to better teacher training, he suggested school boards having jurisdiction over Hutterite education should hire two teachers foi every colony where there are more than 15 to 20 students. Until that is done, he said, school boards should follow the example of Lethbridge County and add a travelling teacher to help reduce the teaching load. "The situation on many colonies leads me to ask if a school superintendent always has the interests of the brethren in mind when assigning a he said. Superintendents could also give colony teachers more supervision, he said. Many of the teachers interviewed said they felt they were assigned to a colony and then forgotten, Prof. Mann noted. He said punitive placement, where a teacher is placed in a colony school as punishment, does occur, About 12 per cent of the teachers he interviewed felt they were assigned to a Hutterite school as punishment. But although few teachers are In a colony school against their will, few teachers apply for positions in Hutterite schools, be said. Many colony teachers feel frustrated, be said, because their students all leave school by age 15, and in most cases, at the junior high level, most students "definitely want out." Teachers who are upset by the fact that. Hutterite students leave school early "may not be looking at education in its broadest sense." Some teachers fail to realize, Prof. Mann said, that a Hutterite child receives a very good education living on the colony. Ken Hoeppner, a liaison officer with the provincial government's communal property advisory committee and one of the guest speakers at the conference, jointly sponsored by the U of L education faculty and the Alberta Teachers Association intercultural education council, said Hutterite education should be given an agricultural orientation. If the colonies are going to cope with "the cost-pdce'squeexe" in agriculture, efficiency is going to have to increase, be said. Hutterite children could be encouraged to continue their education past the Grade 9 level, specializing in advanced mathematics, accounting, and management, but, Mr. Hoeppner said, that could lead to the eventual disintegration of the Hutterite way of life. There is a suspicion among Hutterite elders that education threatens their values, so most want education restricted to teaching basic skills, he said. As an alternative acceptable to the Hutterites, teachers could bring an agricultural orientation to their classes using the colony as a laboratory, he said. NID seeks irrigation first aid Provincial help will be sought Wednesday by 45 farmers in the Picture Butte area to rehabilitate acres of irrigation land at a capital cost of about million. Rick Ross, manager of the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, said a petition signed by the farmers has been forwarded to agriculture Minister Hugh Horner and a meeting is set for Wednesday to discuss the proposal A preliminary rehabilitation feasibility report, completed by the Alberta department of agriculture, recommended upgrading of a canal in the LNID that would expand irrigated acres in the Picture Butte area to from 7.800. Mr Ross said the farmers which will benefit from the rehabilitation have agreed to pay for 25 per cent of the work as well as interest charges on the they would have to borrow. In addition to the extra acres of land that would be able to be irrigated, acres that has been lost to production due to seepage problems from the old ditches would be reclaimed. Wanted: good drivers City Police Const. Mike Soroka and Colleen Kline, 17, a first- commendations were handed out to city motorists Friday and year public relations student at Lethbridge Community College, Saturday by six LCC students as a cfass project. The students will tour the city looking for good drivers. About 20 safe-driving be patrolling city streets again this weekend. SUPER SPECIAL! 5-YEAR LIGHT BULBS Popular Sizes V2 Mfg. Sugg. Retail PRICE! Call tartan 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Two 'Hat fishermen drowned near Burdett Two Medicine Hat men who drowned Saturday at Yellow Lake, four miles southwest of Burdett, were among 11 persons who died in accidents on the Prairies over the weekend. William Jones, 69, and Dave Archibald. 58, had been fishing from the shore Two companions, parked in a DMiM HtoehMriG CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB PHONE 117-mi AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND QASFITTIMQ rMM for Mntor GlUxMN 32S-21M IHE AUCTION BLOCK 2508-2nd Ave. N Lethbridge License 077855 REGULAR TUESDAY EVENING SALE, APRIL 2nd, 1974 P.M. This week an excellent opportunity to purchase by Auction many household articles, appliances and furniture for your home. Highlighting this weeks sale we have on offer: lovely old MM writing table exctftontEMyWMtwr Spin Dryw hi good 4 DTXMT Pi MMI aod Matching Contemporary 1970 SviMkl 200, New Itoborad PMon, Mings, OriglMl MNM 1M1 OMwnoMt no Motor COMINfe SATURDAY, APRIL 27th ANTIQUE BYGONE SALE JOHN SERSZAY, AlKlluiMM. LM. N744f camper 20 feet from the lake, said they knew nothing of the drownings until a passing motorist noticed a body floating on the lake The bodies were recovered Saturday night. Burdett is 50 miles east of Lethbridge. A Canadian Press survey from 6pm. Friday to midnight Sunday reported no fatalities in either Saskatchewan or Manitoba There were two drownings, seven traffic deaths, and two people killed in a plane "crash in Alberta Pilot Andrew Michael Daly, 25, and his passenger Hugh Blain Grant, 24, both of Calgary, died when their Cessna 150, owned by Chinook Flying Service of Calgary, crashed into a field 40 miles northwest of Calgary, near Cochrane A three-truck collision Saturday near Vegreville, 60 miles east of Edmonton, caused a spectacular fire and the death of 22-year-old Robert Hunter of Saskatoon. One of the trucks was a gasoline tanker. Kenneth Tornberg, 40, of Edmonton and his 10-year-old daughter Holly, died Saturday when their car struck a parked car near Boyle, 100 miles north of Edmonton. A two-car crash in northwest Edmonton claimed the life of Lloyd Gilles, 20, of Edmonton Saturday. Ralph Gordon Thompson, 29, of Edmonton died when his 'car collided head-on with a transport truck near St. Albert, five miles north of Edmonton. Robert Hem, 27, of Stony Plain died in a two-car collision Saturday near his home town, 20 miles west of Edmonton. George Malone, 27, of Smith was killed Saturday when his half-ton truck was in collision with a semi-trailer truck seven miles east of Slave Lake Meat packers' strike reports discounted Negotiations are continuing between meat packers and employees of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers Union one day after the old work contract expired. Rumors of possible strike action in Lethbridge meat packing plants have been discredited by local managers. Norm Leclaire, business agent for union Local 740, representing about 400 workers in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, is in Toronto for the negotiations. The base rate of pay for union workers now stands at 07 per hour. Union leaders have indicated increased'wages and pensions are the heart of the new contract talks which began Jan. 23 la Toronto and Regina. At the start of the negotiations, both parties agreed to keep contract talks confidential. Famished thief hits drive-in Alberta takes over irrigation systems FOX DENTURE CLINIC EM 1922 PHONE SS7-MM E. S. P. POX, C.D.M. FOX LETHMWE DENTAL LM IMMCMCALMNTALIUXL FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS tit. Phmw K7-S11I The restaurant ads on television may have worked too well tor the DriVe-In on 3rd Avenue and Scenic Drive Some burglar driven to crime by thoughts of fried chicken broke into the drive-in early Sunday morning, ate three pieces of fried chicken, had a drink, and left, without so much as a thank you. A police investigation is continuing. And still on the subject of weird crimes, some daring criminal stole the lenses from the emergency Hashers on a police car parked behind the police station. Pension visit Residents of Blairmore and Pincher Creek needing information on the Canada Pension Plan may meet a representative of the Lethbridge district office of the Canada Pension Plan this week. Louis LaPlace will be at the Blairmore Federal Building Thursday from 10 a.m. until p.m. and the Pincher Creek Town Hall Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. The St. Mary irrigation headworks in Southern Alberta and the Bow River Project in the Vauxhall-Hays district have been turned over to the province by the federal government. Under the federal- provincial agreement signed a year ago, the Bow River Project, involving about acres of land and 300 farmers, was to be amalgamated with the Bow River Irrigation District, consisting of about acres of land and 125 farmers in the Lomond district. The St. Mary irrigation headworks includes the Waterton Dam near Glenwood; the St. Mary Dam, 20 miles south of Lethbridge, and the Milk River Ridge Reservoir, 10 miles southeast of Raymond. All connecting canals and the Belly River diversion structure which turns water from the Waterton Dam into the Belly River for transmission downstream are also included. The provincial government was given a million cash grant by the federal government to assume control of the two irrigation facilities. This included million earmarked for renovation of structures. Ron Francis, irrigation specialist with the Alberta irrigation division in Lethbridge, said today the farmers under the old Bow River Project will find it different to operate under an irrigation district system. He said the farmers had been paying per acre to irrigate their land when the federal government had control.jThis differs from the to per acre all other irrigation districts charge. Ray Elliot of Lomond, recently-elected chairman of the board of directors for the new Bow River Irrigation District, said the water rates could be set at the board's second meeting April 9. Mr. Francis said there is to be no change in the operation of the irrigation system Jake Thiessen, manager of the St Mary River Irrigation District, said this morning he hopes the provincial department of the environment will operate the St. Mary irrigation headworks as efficiently as the federal Prairie Rehabilitation Administration did. BERGMAN'S RMrCwtifS ULES ly DON BERGMAN PHOMI 1M-0371 iru nm a. Life skills education seminar at LCC Wednesday School administrators and counsellors are wrestling with the problem of how they can modify the school program for young people so education will have some meaning for them, the superintendent of Lethbridge separate schools says. To deal with this concern for students who become dissatisfied with school, the separa'.e schools are sponsoring a life skills seminar Wednesday at the Lethbridge Community College. Superintendent Ralph Hlmsl says the seminar should attract adult educators, education professors, high school teachers and administrators and people working in corrections and social development agencies. Wildlife course involves study of post mortem Cutting up dead animals may be an unwelcome chore for some outdoorsmen, but it's a course requirement for 58 students in a wildlife resources course at Lethbridge Community College. The course, designated Environmental Science 278, is a compulsory second-year subject for students majoring in conservation enforcement or renewable resource management. Gaylen Armstrong, an instructor at the college, says most graduates in these courses become fish and wildlife officers, or park wardens. Post mortems on dead wildlife are one of the more important topics covered in the course's sixteen lab sessions. Mr. Armstrong says a provincial veterinarian demonstrates proper post- mortem techniques for the students, showing them what to look for and how to preserve tissue specimens for further examination if necessary. Most of the" animals deer, procupines, ducks, geese, rabbits and coyotes coyotes are road-killed, but some die from disease or parasites. The provincial veterinary officer makes a complete examination in obvious cases of disease or parasitism, says Mr. Armstrong. "These shouln't be left up to students in any case." The students have found some cases of disease, he says. They have found foxes with tapeworm, and some specimens have had white spots on the liver, indicating bacterial infection. They have also turned up deer suffering from malnutrition This problem is identified by bone marrow resembling red gelatin instead of a healthy, fatty appearance Safety precautions, including the wearing of protective gloves, are observed in the lab. Other labs in the course include wildlife population density surveys, the use of radio location to track wildlife movement and aging and sexing animals. Mr. Armstrong says class sizes are limited in wildlife management courses for better teaching and because of a slack job market. He says some recent graduates have gone into the provincial forest services as well as wildlife and parks services. One graduate is working for a private consulting firm. Legion bursaries offered The Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion, Alberta Provincial Command, is offering a number of bursary awards this year Awards of are available for Alberta and North West Territories students entering universities, schools of technology and art, two-year nursing programs and junior and business colleges. These awards are intended to assist children of ex-service personnel in advancing their educatien. The local auxiliary branch is offering scholarships for any student obtaining the highest achievement in Typing 10 and first year shorthand. People seeking further information may write to Joy Manuel, Legion Provincial Bursary Chairman, Box 53, Innifail, or contact the local legion branch ART DIETRICH DENTURECLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Sch.jrtj Bldg. 222 5th St S. Phbnr 328-4095 Now is the time to consider Air Conditioning PRE-SEASON PRICES ctill In rtfect hwultad by Charlton Hill LTD. 1262-2nd Ave.S. Phone 328-3388 UP FOR SOME DOWN FOR OTHERS Some drugs will have the exact opposite reaction when taken by one class of people than it will when taken by otrrers. For well known drug that acts as a stimulant to the adult system will have as a calming effect when it is taken by children This one drug is therefore used for two completely different responses. Many factors can influence the use of the same drug. 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