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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurtdoy, Dec.mb.r 14, 1772 THE LtTHBP.IDSf HOMO 3 The Worth report-another view TV in South Africa By Virtue Hv Jim Ushrxrarnc, Herald jtaH writer To one who feeiS as do shout the system of formal education that afHicts Hi's province and most o! North America, there is quite reassuring in the very unanimity v.ith which with vested in that system have assaulted the Yr'orth ComroLssion Tne teachers' association bri- dled indignantly at parts o! it, Masted others, and damned the rest with the faintest o' Their counterparts at uni- versity level, the faculty asso- ciations, were corKlescending and sneering in turns, as they dismissed it utterly. University and college presidents, more astute than their employees, generally kept in mind where budgets corr.e from, but man- aged nevertheless to make ti.eir disapproval painf u 11 y clear. hrA not so long ago, the school trustees' association joined the baying chorus, and even imported some sort of TV cornic from Toronto to lead JJ72 1g KW, ssrf'ef like ieiflff fo zrA ta'spire them. Anything that upseli trtfet roany educational lufictionirits be aJ3 baa. Titt clamor was prwlit.-table. 1'i'j one qutsUwis the irJal- IJbtlity professional educa- can expert anylhjjig ei-'-e. Jlaving worked so djjjgenUy for 50 long eradicate objec- tive evaluatkrfi of their activj- ties unless, of course, you regard recitals of their own excellence as objective are awJt to in any esp-jcially by a afjsoemirj. to twra or works. That w the only key needed to Uif: position of profess: on a 1 eKJuoa tors r e- garding tiw Worth Report or else, for thai rnalfer. They are rigijt. they do or have e'.'er don''- is right. Everything they plan or to do J5 ri And v.tiv.-ver questions their is a fool or a knave, flying in t'ne fare of Truth, Tradition and God knov.-s how many that thty have conferred on each otrrfcr. Worth Report finds good in the present have devised snd tn-jch trtat Is bad. It cducsUonal arc set to piti-y- tr.e wj c s tors. v. i thoyt r rd for li-rO public interest, and v.iih m of tie kind of future are likely to experi- ence. It says, in effect, that for b hiJ? billion a year. 'Ahlch e V> a by v.e csn do muc-h better. ArxJ so it is dimrjod, BIJX if it i--. reassuring to find the architects arxl operators of this i'j'stem so enraged hy the Vi'orth findicgs, it U even more to '.o one v.iln Lo dJi'jover v.fi'-dt 'Jie non-ex- perts about it. Ordinary fXiOpk, I who cieri: in stores, drive trucks, po na iis or ly pe'A riters, puITJp gas, things like that. People wM have never of Holt or or Illich. Or even Dwcj1. But people have and wrA school, and pay taxes lor lr.e privilege These at Jeasit the ones I've u.ketf like the R'jport and v.hat it says. Tney 1: it's hi n time someone reahzed learning starts birth and goes on long s.s l.fe. and. that wriiJe convention say that the leachw directed part of that be libelled that part isn't aJl that's important. And maybe it hn't important at all. to learning how to live, hov.' to do a JTO. rxr.v to man- try; problems modern living can They liie the idea of equal oppo-rVifii'y whate'.'er cf educEttJon there's going to rie. s'.anirig a rrhiiC can H going on ss long tr-i snd regardiess of whether it's to be called Con- tinuing. Life or any kind of Plication, or whether it from scrjoois, the postman or television. Without stud via g or much caring about the little nuances, they the Me a of a simple, integrated system of educatiOD- al coTitroi. u-ociu'tered by torn- rnir-sions. or v. hstever. Tney wart their elected reprc- E-eniaLives to have the greatest impact possible, perhaps be- cause they can CAR STEREO SPECIAL! What a v-ronderful Christmas Gift for your husband, brother, father, or for yourself. Everything you need for in-car entertainment car stereo, speakers and grilles, tape carrying case, and your choice of three 8-tracktapes. Installation is even included: there's nothing else to buy. Comes handsomely packed in a special box that you can put right under the tree. CAR STEREO MODEL 880 Styling po.vsr perforrri5r.ee cortro's for vcl'Jrre, balance, end tore. Has lighted channel indicator, gives ycj fu'i rich reproduction. Srrscrt black ar.d ch-orr.e styling enhances any car. Chsr.ga tape programs or at !r.s cjch cf a bu-.ton. 3 CARTRIDGES INCLUDED CARTRIDGE CADDY INCLUDED SPEAKERS AND GRILLES INCLUDED Easytarms'atWIUHTZ. Include, Special Gift Pack Zellers Shopping Plaza, anyone they elsel. Tney're dubious about monkeying with the shape of the school year, but pretty well resigned to seeing it changed. Tney're not Fure why it must be, but knew that al! the ex- perts seem to want it that way, to they're not prepared to argue about it very much. As for other recommenda- tions, they're generally pretty vague. Tmy feel they're in deep water when talking about a "person centred society.'' Triey're only mildly interested in whatever an Alberta Acad- emy is supposed to be 'but if it will cut educational costs, they're ail for They're not all that concerned about teach- er certification; they elect trus- tees and 6uch 'rare qualified ar.d e-xpect them to do it. But on these other even thoie they don't feel qualified to discuss, those who haven't been primed or lent catcri by a pro- fessional wiJ! tell you they're readv to go along with Worth. Why? Well, it's partly be- cause he seems to understand that people want their to come out of vith what- e-.cr it take? to set and do a demerit 7-b it's partly csase there to have been some attempt to let ordi- nary people know what this re- port is all about. But underlying such simple reasons there's some thing much deeper, more visceral. Over the people have be- come very tired of all those variations on the un- trained so ycrj don't under- stand1' theme hear when- ever they ask about anything to so with education. They're completely fexi up with seeing education taxes and educa- tors' salaries go up year after year. They've had enough of teachers' strikes and threats of striies. They're sick of being told that erfucatiori has al! the answers, as the world around them becomes more and more disturbing. And they've stopped believing that the system is perfect, that all they need to do is trust the experts and pay and pay and pay. So when someone comes along who swms to knew what h-e's about, and says "Foliis, the system rjo what you want, so let's change it." they're more than willing to listen. Trhen it comes to char.g- the system, tVjey'd sooner trost someone who thinks it Deeds changing, than those who put it together and think it's f-erfect. Books in brief "Sum! Pamtirjg." by Taka- hiko Mikami (Longman Can- ada Limited, 53.25, 49 pages i. Instruction bock for Jap- anese Brush by Takahiko Mikami, (Longman Canada Limjtsd, n.50, 32 Here are two eicellent in- structiorj books bv the same author and I find it difficult to decide which is the better ODE. If you are inUE-resied in brush painting you will find step-by- step instructions to the materi- als to use, how w hold the brush, how to make shading ar.d prepare the different tones, dots, lines and strokes to duce mcods, contrasts, etc. Both the books are very easy to follow and give excellent advice ard much joy to chil- dren and may be of particular Interest to some elementary school teachers who wish to re- place the stereotype method vi crayon coloring. G. P. In Capetown, South Alrica in there -ppeartd in one of the lop daily newspa- pers a picture of an attractive yvong wom- an in her garden Kitting in a lounge chair, reading a magazine and with her hand on a beverage glass by her side. It was cap- tinned, "The women of South Africa are 'bored' because they haven't television." To this writer, who had hastily left her with its piles o( Icy roads, chilling temperature and TV's, for the nnell of warm sea air, miles of white sand beaches, yjiocier breezes, exotic flow- ers, birds animals, this caption was surprising. If a young woman in such an environment is bored, she v.-Jl still be bored when TV is available. And available it is expected to be, within the next five years. If the standards set by the government commission are upheld South African TV will be a model that Can- ada End the U.S. may very well wish to take a look at. Wth only SO per cent of Canada's population equipped with sets, South Africa's will be inaugurated in color. No black and wiJl be manufactured', Programming is to be of a highly cul- tural nature so that the morals of the na- tiyn and its not impaired. How refreshing: Take a look at the Ca- nadian diet of glamorized crime and cruel- ty that po'jrs into our homes daily gun shots echoing throughout the house, ever, gory deUil of hijackinas, murxien wars and terrorism. Add to this profanity and di-'vcussions on sex. and you have a very questionable educational meal for young minds Uj watcri, absorb and imi- tate. The more sensational the more ac- ceptabie. On South African television there will be co advertising. Tnis, most creditibly, will be left entirely to the newspaper industry. What a py it wvuid be to through a good film, opera or sports event without being submitted to frequent irterruptiorj while an advertiser shyjU the glories of ev- erything from cars to Are we no', mentally able to select from our favorite shops what ve want and when? Canadians are still quibbling aVr.it the of tjilingtialism. Svjth African TV to serve their four million v.'hites and 15 million tribal blacks, must be bilingual as well as multiiirjgual. Could v.e cope with this? Their programs mijst in DO way inter- fere with the already established film and entertainment industry. TV came to Canada, v-e had ernp'.y treaties, a drastic drop in Famous Players stock, and prob- lems galore maintaining public interest io celebrity arid quality performances. S.A. 7V has pledged itself to 'Christian orientation.' Tiiis feature, alone, may help change some of tV- rrjor-? drastic tribal such as v.'ife witch doc- S'jperi'Jtlois, etc. ar.d as a cor.se- alienee may cieav? 5 understanding between black and In the Radio South Africa es- tablished in 1930, situated in a 32 storey complex on trie outskirts of Johannesburg, fronted by a se'. en storey studio and built at a total cost of et their pieces and were ready to explode them. Suddenly, from the other end of the street a man. arms loaded with Christinas shopping, forced his way passed the barriers. Imagirje his surprise when he saw his car 1 It looked like a giant can-opener had cut into it. Tne whole centre of the city had been blocked for two hours and traffic backed up for What 2 climasl I was there. On th e use oi f words Theodore Bernsiein il Orer and under. A common oe'ASpft- per Iwrjtira is this: "Robberies were ?fi per cent over last A moment's thought shovs thai if the robberies were down, couldn't be over last year: rath- er would be under. In that kind of sen- tence frier options be as acaicst or compared But over, no. "The Man Who Ixtved Cat Dancins" by Marilyn Dur- ham. Uxingman Canada IJ.d., pages, First, fe us establish tha'. Cal Dsncrng is an Incian girl and no-t sorne exotic rendition of the polka v.ith a cat. la searching for 2 titie for MariljTi first rovej. it is doubt- fij that a more "catchy'' orie co-jld be created. I! nothing else it requires re-reading at least once ire title that is, not the book. The story, set in the 1850s, lesds the reader on 5 chase through the rugged back oxai- of Wyoming in of frar train rohbers zrA a rav wife. It's a mixing pot of characters with She runaway Catherine Croker. and Jay GrtTbart, tr.e man lo'-'ed Cat Dancing, coming to t h e fore a.s the main cncs. Tne story is good but not F.iceptionai. But don't be EUT- pnsed if some day A. W. Shack- leford is charging you to fee it m the silver screen, it's that kind of adventure. Tne book moves briskly, f.el- dom dragging, building up to, what I feel, "is a disappointing ending. It seoms to me thst a man who went through what Grobnrt did. and must surely be ridden with guilt com- pleies, could be the subject cf a trwe dramatio and per h f p s eves eerie eodiag. _ G A. Word oddities. Most dictionaries indicate that hooker, meaning a prostinne, derives from the verb hook, in the sense of to catch or bring in. But a better explanation of the word's origin is possible. During trie War prostitutes descended on Wash- ington in great number; and the respec- table people demanded that something be cone about it. Tne problem turned over to General Joseph Hooker, who decided that the best way to it was to concen- trate the gals in a ''colony.'' And Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Treasury, was selected. According to Constance Green, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize book, "Washington: Village and Capital. 1800- 3rJ78.'' the section came to be kurort as Hooker's and eventually the case. But such mstajices sre relatively rare. Tne best guide, as il so many other aspects life, is to use Good judgment. If the long phrase possessive sounds ths least bit a'.vkward. banish it, Word oddities. With and winter upon us, do you mind a ques- tion? How did you estivate? An odd word that rainy people never heard of. it means to pass the summer. It's opposed to hibernate, which means to pass the win- ter. Almost everyone has heard o' hiber- and usually associates it with bean. We'll, we can a bear ir.io esthait: >Vere able to bear the summer? In- cidentaliv. if yoj war.t to be really fancy, you can spell '.void aestivate. Word oddities. A disaslcr is soraethm? that is ill-starred in both the literal and fig-jrative senses of the v.-ord. By way of French and Italian, disaster coraes from the Latin dis-, a negative prefix, arii astrum, star. Tne original meanicg was an gals themselves came to be known as unfavorable aspect of a star. .An asterisk hookers. Mrs. Green doesn't come out flat- o cosies from the tarr.e root, and il is ly and say that was the origin cf the word, s disaster if the printer forgets to Lisert but lozic certainly suggests it wa an asterisk alter tbe word at the begin- ______ ning of Uiis sentence, so wc'U give voti Tnere. LnwUldy JjosseKlves. It is perfectly nat- ural to speak of "my Great Aral Matil- da's house1' or of "McGovern and CT s campaign'' or of "the chairman of the credentials commitJjee's ruling." Eat sometimes the long-phrase posstssives be- come so cumbersirne as to be ridiculous. Among some samples of fractured Eng- Insh that turned up long ago on term papers and exams at Union College. Schen- ectady. N.Y., was this sentence: "Again we see the girl through the odd gentleman with the whiskers' eyes." That, friends, is Here's another one in the same do you supposc's hat that Tnere is no general ruic s'r.i-jt lone- phrase possessves except one that would apply bo that example: clauses u-iually are not used in nddities. A Yc'-k p-jKis.be: rnitled to ti'.e on request a book tHat agency was concerned abo-t and, upon receiving the agency's cr'.t- icisms, rerriarked. "We found airselves rather wor't find tmdcmhelmed in ary. yet it crops up occasionally as a hu- morous, gently sarcastic term the opposite of overvrheirjifd that is, left cold or unmoved It s a jerry-buut term that is self-contradictory. V.lielm means comnletely FO whst under- mean.' liie ucdercnnr, The New Vnrk ;