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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Monday, December 7, 1970 Everything in education obsolete: Berton qj By JIM WILSON Ilcralll Stuff Writer EDMONTON If today's official education system had to formally compete with all the other education systems available to students, it would be an "utter Pierre Berton told the Congress on the Future here Saturday. Mr. Berton, a television jour- nalist and author, was final speaker at the conference, co- sponsored by the Worth Com- mission on Educational Plan- ning and the Alberta Human Resources Research Council. "The education system as we know it is Mr. Berton said. "The schools are ob- solete, the authoritarianism of the syste.n is obsolete, the goals are obsolete, the values are obsolete, the teaching methods and the tools used in the teaching process: all are obsolete." The only reason the existing education system hasn't crum- bled away is that it holds a monopoly "due to laws requiring compulsory school attendance. "That's an advantage the educators have going for them that nobody else Mr. Ber- ton said. Other institutions in Canada which are not fortunate enough to enjoy legal' compulsion for their protection have not been able to continue to exist without radical change, he said, and of- example of Boy "They used to have a rigid fered the Scouts. authoritarian system with an age-based hierarchy, uniforms and other trappings. Scouting began to die out, so the lead- ers changed their methods to draw the kids back, and in the process they chucked out much of what Lord Baden- Powell held dear. But they got back their membership." He said no form of education common in today's society is allowed to remain live except the uncompeli- classroom situation: movies, television sets, radios, cars, jet planes, planetariums, science centres, museums, exhibitions ail have to change with the times. "They offer free choice, and many of them are far more potent forms of education than a Mr. Borlon said. "And there's a dial on a televi- sion set or radio, and the kids arc used to turning that dial. If they don't like something be- cause its dull or stupid they turn it off or change it. "They can't do that to a teacher, even the worst teach- er in the world using the stupid- est methods." And if schools don't "catch Use of plants by Indians topic of Joluiston article .8. The Blackfoot used plants for treating sprains, for soap, for suicide, for making furniture and living quarters, bows, for food, tea, for sore throats, cramps, stomach aches, soup, hairdrcssing, diarrhea, wounds, horse medicine and food, for laxative. Fmm the paper it ap- pears they had a remedy for most of today's ills. How the Blackfoot Indians utilized the flora of the North- western Great Plains in their ston, noted Lethbridge his- toria'n and range ecologist with the Lcthbridge Research Sta- tion. The article, printed in Eco- nomic Botany, says that al- though the Blackfoot were pri- marily meat-eaters, they con- sumed some vegetables and had a knowledge of plant medi- cines which they used in the t r e a t m e n t of humans and horses. Plants were used for other i 1U1IIO UJVM iwi Vlllvi everyday life is the subject of j purposes including the produc- an article mitten by Alex John- fom dyes and perfumes, the Walter Gurney dies at 79 Walter Gurney, who for many years operated the Gur- ney Museum in Lethbridge's Gait Gardens, died Sunday in Lethbridge at the age of 79. He was born in Swift Cur- rent, Eask. and came to Leth- bridge in 1938. The museum was sold in 1865 to a Milk River businessman. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at p.m. in Martin Bros. Memorial Chanel, 13th I St. N. manufacture of weapons and as construction materials. They utilized 185 species belonging to 140 genera of plants. The area covered by the pa- per extends from southern Al- berta to western Montana. The 24-page paper contains fascinating articles on how the various trees and other plants were used. A cure for arthritis and rheumatism was to boil juniper leaves in water, add half a tea- spoonful of turpentine at the boil, cool and rub mixture on the affected parts. The juniper was also used to treat lung and venereal diseases. up with this free choice idea they're going to be dead. We're going to have more and mere kids saying that, compulsory or not, they just won't go." Radical changes must be made, not just talked about "The whole lecture system is obsolete. The teacher or the university professor prepares lecture 'and then reads it out, and the students busily write it all down. "What are Mr. Berton asked, "students or steno- graphers? "Why can't UIB teacher hand out a'copy of the lecture the day before and then we can have a big fight about it in class." He said today's education system is based on middle class values and beamed only at middle class students. Any- one else has to change to con- form to "the or else fail. Many of the basic assump- tions underlying today's school system are entirely mistaken, Mr. Berton said. Educationists assume that the student is well-fed, well- clothed and lives in a house where there is space for him to do his homework in quiet sur- roundings, and in a home en- vironment conducive to learn- ing. This does not apply to about third of the population, Ice unsafe Despite recent cold weather, Henderson Lake has not yet been judged safe for skating by the parks and recreation department. Tests conducted this week indicate the ice is not thick enough to support crowds of people. though, and that's a fact we continue to blind ourselves lie said. He said the facts, according to various government and oth- er studies, are that three mil- lion children face extreme nu- tritional difficulties and are too hungry in school to absorb in- formation or concentrate on studies; they drop out of school because of the jeers of their classmates over the clothes they wear; And they can't keep up with their studies because they live in poor, badly overcrowded homes where there is no room for them to do their home- work properly, and where the emotional and general home atmosphere makes concen- tration on learning difficult. He told conference delegates they must implement the changes now, both to prepare education for the future and at the same time, to be certain various minority groups even have a future. He read the first line of a brief presented to the confer- ence by the Metis Association of Alberta: "Where there is no today tiiere can be no tomor- row." "What is the point of provid- ing for our future education systems if our present eciuca- tion is so bad that many peo- ple can't tune into "I often come to conferences like this with a sense of pro- found disillusion, because I've been to them before, years Mr. Berton said. "People listen to predictions and then make brave statements of what they're going to do. "I often wonder what's going to happen when everyone goes home. It's all very well for a speaker to say we can have wonderful things and prove they are needed, and for the au- dience to agree these things are indeed wonderful. "Then we all go home and say, of course we can't do that at our school, because we can't change the system we have now, or the people will get all upset. But we say that some- day in the future we might get them which really means after I'm out of office' some- one else should do it. "What you have here Is a congress which discussed the ends, and they're very impor- Mr. Berton Said. "But what is needed now is a second congress, on the means to achieve those ends. And for that, you don't need the top peo- ple, you need the people at the bottom, the grass roots." Mr. Berton offered delegates the last half-hour of his allot- ted time to question him about liis speech or his general view- points, or to question anyone else involved with the confer- ence, and many responded. CHRISTMAS GIFTS BY LOCAL POTTERS-The Oldmon River Potters' Guild opened its fourth annual sale of pottery Sunday with an open house at the Bowman Arts Centre. The group, a member of the Allied Arts Council, will continue its sale daily 2-5 p.m. up to next Sunday. The show, entitled Under the Christmas Tree, comprises about 500 articles suitable as Christmas gifts, such as wine goblets, tea sets, stew pots, necklaces, flower pots and ceramic wall hangings. All items were created by guild members. Glidden Paint Centre istmasi Shop and save at Glidden Paint Centre this week. Everything you need to dress up the home for the holidays! SCOTCH PINE TREES 7-fool with 147 lips. Com- plete with stand and pack- box. Regular 31.95. 6-fool with 109 lips. Com- plete with stand and pack- ing box. Regular 22.95. Christmas 4 O QC Special...... 7-foot with 123 tips. Com- plete with stand and pack- ing box. Regular 27.50. Christmas OO QC Special...... Christmas Special 25.95 6-foot with 123 tips. Com- plete with stand and pack- Chrislmot Special 20.95 BLUE SPRUCE TREES 6-fool with 123 lips. Com- plete wilh stand and pack- ing box. Regular 25.95. Christmas Special 20.95 7-foot with 147 tips. Com- plete with stand and pack- ing box. Regular 31.95. Christmas 25.95 Special OPEN TILL 9 P.M. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY! Convenient Terms! No Interest Or Carrying Charges! Take Up To 6 Months To Pay Paint Centre 318 7th STREET SOUTH PHONE 328-4595 Students recital Students of the Lethbr i d g e branch of the Alberta Register- ed Music Teachers' Association, recently presented a recital during Canada Music Week. The recital, in St. Augustine's Parish Hall, featured works of 10 Canadian composers. During the evening, awards were made to those receiving highest marks in piano advan- ced theory, and vocal examina- tions, held recently in L e t h- bridge by the Western Board of Music and and the Royal Conservatory of M us i c Drug charge sentences suspended Linda Jeanne Deal, 18, and Kelly Douglas Grismer, 17 both of Lethbridge, received two- year suspended sentences in magistrate's court on charges of possession of LSD and pos- session of marijuana. Miss Deal was arrested Oct. 26 and found to be in possession Of 396 tablets of LSD after she had apparently made arrange- ments to pick up the package for someone else. Grismer was arrested Sept. 28 when a police investigation of his home revealed a small quantity of both marijuana and LSD. Another Lethbridge youth, Brian Gregory Atkinson, ap- peared in court on a charge of trafficking in LSD. Atkinson elected trial by both judge and jury on the charge and is to appear for a prelim- inary hearing Jan. 8. Rock group stresses Baha'i faith "Oneness is truth and truth is oneness" this philosophy was expounded verbally and musically in two weekend Leth- bridge concerts by Jalal, a rock group whose members are adherents of the Baha'i faith. In an informal "rap" session during intermission Friday night at the Lethbridge Com- munity College the five-man group repeatedly stressed the idea of a growing world unity. This, they said, was the great- est need of the world today and some evidence of an ex- panding universality could be seen in the midst of the break- down of old traditions. Baha'ism, originated in 1863 by Hussain Ali, or Baha'u'llah, emphasizes tolerance and a be- lief in the essential worth of all religions. The musical portion of the group's presentation was large- ly an extension of the rap ses- sion, most of the numbers having some religious signifi- cance. One longer composition, entitled contained ex- cerpts from the writings of Baha'u'llah. The group, which works out of Saskatoon, has been on the road for two months on a tour of Northern and Western Can- ada. The local concerts were spon- sored by the student Baha'i association of the University of Lethbridge. A.N.A.F. NOTICE of GENERAL MEETING Monday, Dec. 7th 8 p.m. IN CLUB ROOM A.N.A.F. ASSOCIATION For TEEN-AGE DAUGHTERS SANTA SUGGESTS MERLE NORMAN'S FAMOUS "3 STEPS TO BEAUTY" right Her own personalized cosmetics and the start to a lifelong Beauty Complexion only Gift Boxed and Wrapped Plus 7 Complimentary Make-Up Lessons MERLE NORMAN COSMETIC BOUTIQUE COLLEGE MAIL 328-1525 Gifts Costume Jewellery Perfumes AWARDS PRESENTED K. V. Lees, Commanding Officer of the Navy League Cadet Corps No. 50, left, re- ceives the national competition award plaque from Amund Jonason, president of the Navy League of Canada, South- ern Alberta division. The corps placed third in national competitions this year. Mrs. Shirley Taylor is shown hold- ing the second-place national plaque awarded the Navy League Wrenette Corps No. 26, of which she is commanding officer. The presentations were made Friday at the Kenyon Field Armories. Symphony at Yates Symphony fans get their first look tonight at the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and Cho- rus since the organizations ac- quired new conductors for the 1970-71 season. The opening concert of the season, to start at p.m. at the Yates Memorial Centre, will mark the first concert of the orchestra under the baton of Lucien Needham, chairman of the University of Lethbridge music department, and of the chorus directed by Walter Goerzen, a Lethbridge accoun- tant. The program will include works by Mozart, Strauss, Ci- marosa, Wagner, Hodgers and Hammerstein, plus Christmas carols and Negro spirituals. Guest artist Katie Johnson, former member of the Anne Campbell Singers and Teen Clefs, will sing three German lieder numbers. Also scheduled are two duets by chorus members Evelyn Mitts and Mary Thomson. Season's tickets may be pur- chased at the Yates box office prior to the performance. Pastor dies Rev. Alwyn Herbert Eggle- ston, veteran pastor of the Church of The Nazarene, died in Picture Butte Sunday, after a brief illness, at the age of 82. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Picture Butte Church of The Nazarene with Dr. Herman G. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Eggleston, educated and ordained m Nampa, Idaho, had his first pastorate in Leth- bridge in 1925. 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