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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thuridiy, Ftbruiry 20, -The Herald- Youth I Scout-Guide Week service Italian parents helping to shape education system By EDWARD MAGRI ROME (AP) Italian par- ents are going back to school by the thousands and raising a big fuss about it. They squat on the tiny chairs at the small tables where their children play in nursery schools and perch on the seats of high school desks where students have pencilled love messages and carved caricatures of their teachers. They argue for hours about scrapping Italy's educational system and laying entirely new foundations. Italy's experiment in giving parents representation in the Shaping of educational policies and curriculums began late last year after parliament passed legislation requiring all state schools to elect parents, teachers and administrative personnel, to school councils which enjoy considerable power over spending and teaching. The Communists, Italy's second-largest political party, have shown interest in the councils but Roman Catholic churchmen have reacted anx- iously, expressing fear that their traditional grip on education will slip. Many also express fears the new system may start a con- frontation between Italy's moderate majority and lef- tists agitating for social change. YAMAHA ORGANS I New and Used COLLEGE MALL Chureh-run private schools report a rush of applications by families transferring children from the new-style state schools. About seven per cent of Italy's nine million school children attend private schools, most of which are church-operated. "Whatever the failings of our schools, parents say they want the guarantee that politics will not interfere in said Father Pio Bianchini, president of the Federation of Church Schools. Elections of teachers, parents and students over 16 to the new councils are being held this month. Leftist students condemn the new councils as an attempt to enforce "social normalization" in schools after years of recurrent stu- dent agitation. A survey taken in Milan showed that in some high schools up to 50 per cent of the students intend to boycott the elections. The Communist party, how- ever, is urging a large vote to give "a stronger mass base to the struggle for democracy and reform." National political parties have pledged not to interfere in the council elections. But the Communists and the Socialists have succeeded in drawing many parents and teachers to a "Unitarian a multi-party, but predominantly leftist, ticket. Education Minister Franco Malfatti, a Christian Democrat, has approved the new powersharing system, saying parents can be valuable in helping solve many day-to-day problems. COLIN SHAW photos ROBERT ST. ONGE GIVES BEAVER'S PROMISE LETHBRIDGE TRANSIT MIX 12th Street 2nd Avenue North Gall: E. H. Buck 327-7262 Equipped to serve all parts of the industry, summer and winter. Maximum Quality Control. Prompt Delivery. No job too large or too small. Efficient and Courteous Service. SHAWN McGINNIS, LEFT, AND GLEN KANKOVIAK AT CHURCH SERVICE City's enrolment figures high Scouting membership swelling Scouting membership is up not down. Contrary to the view that par- ticipation in scouting is declining across the country, the assistant regional commissioner for the Boy Scouts says there is a definite increase in Southern Alberta. Dr. Scott Angus of Lethbridge says 1971 was the worst year for membership decline in this area and since then, enrolment has been climbing steadily. He says the leadership training programs, implemented in 1973, have had a big hand in swelling membership. "Memberships seem to increase as more leaders complete the program." Enrolment in the initial 12 hour leadership program has increased from 115 in 1973 to 142 in 1974. In ad- dition, there is an advanced 50 hour program which will start in two weeks. The initial program provides leaders with adequate information to do the job properly, he says. The advanced training, which is held over three weekends, includes one outdoor camp and focuses on the scouting program, program ideas, planning and organization and how to work with boys and people in general. As co ordinator of the three scouting areas in the city and the rural area north of the city, Dr. Angus says there are three main factors responsible for the active membership in Southern Alberta. "Boys here are willing to join active outdoor troops. We have trained leaders and an organization which backs them up." He says in order to keep things 'moving in the right direction, the three factors must advance together. He claims the percentage of eligible members in the area is well above the national average for Cubs and above the national average for scouting. He says there are 27 active groups with members in Lethbridge. Colin Bate, publicity chairman for the Lethbridge district Boy Scouts, says scouting includes programs for boys aged 5 years to adults. The groups included in the scouting program are Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Although scouting and guiding are separate, the groups get together and combine activities during Scout Guide Week, which ends Sunday. The groups' activities have been curtailed so that members, leaders, scouts and guides can partake of as much of the Canada Winter Games as they wish. The week was launch- ed by a church service held Sunday at Southminster Church. She's treated just like 'another guy' Ship's crew accepts first female HALIFAX (CP) Map reading, navigation exercises and deck duties are a normal day's routine for Janice Nich- ols, 20, a Toronto native tak- ing an officer's training pro- gram aboard the Imperial St. Lawrence. Miss Nichols, the only woman on the oil tanker, says the 45-man crew does not seem to mind having a fe- male on board. She is treated like "another guy." She is enrolled in a three- year program offered by Georgian Bay College in Owen Sound, Ont., which, requires students to spend 18 months at sea and 18 months in the classroom. Fire chief turns away 30 female volunteers FORT LANGLEY, B.C. (CP) It wasn't the kind of neat the Fort Langley volunteer fire department was accustomed to dealing with. Chief Bill Bergeron, seeking additional manpower, sent fire- man Al Davis to the junior high school in this Fraser Valley community to recruit. Fifteen boys volunteered. So did 30 girls. Although all 30 had parental approval, the chief turned them down, saying firefigbting drill is "something the men enjoy do- ing away' from women." "Let's face it, these women have their Tupperware parties and things like he said. "We don't butt into (heir things. The weekly fire practice is our night out and we don't want the women butting in." The girls' parents, noting that the department is publicly fi- nanced, pressed for a meeting with the chief and booed him vigorously when he stuck to his stand. Debbie Griffin, 15, said the girls came forward when the boys seemed uninterested in the recruiting appeal. So did some female teachers. She said fire officials told the girls they would be subjected to locker-room talk if they joined. "We wouldn't have heard any swear words we don't hear at school and worse." Heather Wall, 15, said the girls harbor no hard feelings. "It was just one of those she said. "But I do wish we'd had the chance to show what we could do." Cubs and Scouts host ice rodeo RAYMOND (Special) About 150 Cubs and Boy Scouts from Raymond, Stirling, Magrath and Del Bonita held a "campfire" last week in the Raymond Cultural Hall. District Commissioner Bob Brandley wag master of ceremonies. After completion of the course, she will be rated as a second mate and will receive a foreign-going ticket which will qualify her to work aboard any Commonwealth ship in the world. She works eight hours a day, four in the morning on the bridge and four in the after- noon on the deck, under the supervision of the ship's master and deck officer. RECORD IS LOGGED Georgian Bay College de- signs a program for Miss Nichols to follow and the work she does is recorded in a log book and checked by the cap- tain. The log book is used as part of the college's as- sessment of her ability. Cecil Ritchie, captain of the St. Lawrence, said Miss Nich- ols is the first female on any of the Imperial ships and that she is as determined and in- terested as any of the men enrolled in the program. One of four trainees on board, she has been at sea for seven months and does not miss land life at all. She. says travelling to dif- ferent countries is the best possible way to get an educa- tion. "Before I joined this pro- gram I had never been out- side of Canada." Her father came from a family of sailors and that is what probably encouraged her to turn to the sea as a way of life. She left high school to work as a cook on the Great Lakes ships but quit because of ill- feeling the men displayed to- -wards her. She applied for the officer- training program. love is... teaching him how to cook. An ice will be held Saturday at Warner. The regional ice rodeo will be held at the Lethbridge Sportsplex March 22. Other upcoming events: March 15, Kub Kar Rally; April 1, kite day; and June 7, Kuboree. Why Sonor? Because Sonor puts a lot of time and effort Into developing even the smallest part of their drums and these parts 90 toward producing a quality product for your customers. 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