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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Bumbling, fumbling leaders plague teachers' Teachers organizations have little impact on political decisions affecting education because of "bumbling, fumbling ineffectual" political leadership and a "non partisan" attitude among teachers. Charles Schott, associate professor of education at the University of Lethbridge, told teachers at the annual convention of the South Western Teachers Association Thursday that weak teacher organizations cannot protect the public interest in education. "A group which is too weak to protect its immediate welfare interests will usually be too weak to protect the public interest as he said. Teacher power should not be relegated solely to teacher welfare. Dr. Schott claims teachers need power to protect academic freedom, secure more and better instructional materials and do many "other things that have little or no relationship to teacher welfare." That is why he suggests "the political strength of teachers as an organized group or the lack of it should be one of the more important concerns in education today. Dr. Schott is not one of those people who regards teachers organizations as already being a powerful group. He says he has never met an influential political leader who regarded teachers organizations as an influential lobby. "The attempts of (teacher) groups to influence education decision making and legislation which impinge on education matters have clearly demonstrated now little power they effect." He also claims teachers have not had a very good track record in their efforts to improve education through their associations. Dr. Schott also charged leaders of teacher associations with falsely attempting to persuade teachers that their organizations are "indeed effective." The leaders mislead teachers about the power of their organization because they "want their dues paying members to believe they're getting something for their money." Dr. Schott told the convention he didn't believe teacher strikes were as harmful as they were made out to be. The few days of school children miss during the strike is not going to "make or break" them academically. "The point that is often overlooked by those who raise objections to teacher strikes is that the very conditions that precipitate the strikes are usually harmful to children and to allow these conditions to exist is a more unprofessional act on the part of teachers than the act of he says. Dr. Schott also took a verbal shot at people, including teachers, who think education should be "insulated" from politics. It is impossible and undesirable to keep politics out of the schools, he suggests. "What is spent for education Is as legitimate a matter for political debate as is the decision on what to spend for public health, housing, welfare and unemployment benefits." Some educational issues are necessarily political and will not be resolved to the satisfaction of teachers unless they become politically active as a group. Dr. Schott went as far as to suggest a politically conscious teachers organization would "provide funds, literature and workers for candidates who shared its point of view." Unite lobby for education Teachers, administrators and trustees must unite when lobbying with the provincial government on important educational matters, the faculty of education dean for the University of Alberta said in Lethbridge Thursday. Myer Horowitz told the annual convention of the South Western Alberta Teachers Association that educators could "represent a powerful political voice on those issues that we agree upon." If they don't lobby together, educators are missing "a precious opportunity" to have an input on major decisions affecting the future of education in the province, he said. Dr. Horowitz added: "We are to blame for not providing input that I think we should have been providing." The big decisions in education are political and there is nothing wrong with that, he claims. The problem with political decisions on educational matters has been the failure of educators to deal with them by becoming involved with the process of making them, he stated. Some of the decisions made by the provincial government in the last 18 months are reason enough for educators to begin lobbying for more input into the decision-making process. The financial restrictions have been inconsistent with the government's development of new programs, he says. Dr. Horowitz pointed to the problems his own faculty is having. "For five consecutive years my faculty has had to reduce its budget." The faculty of education staff at the U of A has been reduced by 15 members in the last year. But at the same time, he adds, the government is "expecting us to educate and train people" to work in some of the new service programs it has developed for the educational system. He was referring to programs such as those that have been developed for handicapped and preschool children. Universities must change By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The message was loud and clear universities must begin to operate in the interests of society rather than in the interests of the institution. The deputy minister of advanced education told a seminar on Politics and Higher Education at the University of Lethbridge that his government department will continue to pressure universities into meeting the needs of society. Walter Worth indicated that the department of advanced education has no intention of interfering with the way a university affects change in its current practices for the benefit of society at large. But the department will offer reward or incentive as a method of pressuring the university into recognizing public interest, he explained. The exercise of the province's authority may encroach upon the autonomy of the universities but the degree of encroachment would "depend largely on how much of the public interest has been recognized or ignored by the institutions involved. The autonomy provided universities in past years "did not seem to produce new services or curricular Dr. Worth told the seminar. Cling to tradition Instead, the autonomy seemed to develop a desire among academics to cling to tradition and they took on the attitude they were a privileged class, he adds. This privileged attitude "helps explain why institutions do not welcome competition from rival organizations or requests for information about their activities from external agencies or Dr. Worth claimed. It also explains why faculty associations devote much more energy to professorial-instructor rights than to professorial-instructor responsibilities and why some faculty members claim that they alone have the right to make decisions about the universities goals and how it's to achieve them. Dr. Worth suggested the (rend toward an attitude of privilege "explains much of the recent antagonism toward higher education on the part of many students and a large segment of the public." The demands for speciality post-secondary education placed on society by the rapid changes in technology have created a need for growing diversity in institutions, programs and services. And since one institution, such as the university, can't nope to meet the specialized needs of the students and society, a system of post- secondary institutions had to be developed to meet the total requirements of higher education. This system of institutions, Dr. Worth said, has created a need for large-scale planning to co-ordinate the operation of the institutions so they are "more reflective of the public interest, more rational in development and more careful in husbanding resources." Department here to stay The provincial legislature has charged the department of advanced education with the responsibility of this long- ranged planning, he said. And Dr. Worth made it quite clear Thursday that his department is here to stay and the academic community would be best advised to reassess its role in society rather than denounce the department and call for the return of the department's predecessor The Universities Commission. He .said the universities must not alter their right to do research and criticize government District The LetKbrtdge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, February 22, 1974 Pages 15-28 WALTER KERBER Fancy stepper Dressed in his native attire, young Kenny Shade steps to the chicken dance as part of the University of Lethbridge's Native Day Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Lethbridge Folk Arts Council, was one of a series of special ethnic days at the U of L U of L won't be crippled by budget restrictions The department of advanced education has no intention of crippling the University of Lethbridge by restricting its programs and operating budget, its deputy minister said in Lethbridge Thursday. Speaking to a seminar on Politics and Higher Education at the U of L, Walter Worth said the long-term operating budget of the university did not account for the escalating rate of inflation and that is why the department is now examining the university's plea for additional funding. He also said the new programs requested by the U of L were consistent with its objectives and the department of advanced education endorses them. But the department ques- tions the time limit the university has established for achieving the new programming. In reply to a question from the floor, he said the department of advanced education has no intention of removing some of the functions of the university's board of governors by changing the universities act The proposed changes to the act would "only extend their Dr. Worth claimed. The provincial government has launched a comprehensive review of all legislation bearing upon post-secondary education in Alberta Included in the review are the colleges act, The department of advanced education act and the universities act Dr Worth warned general faculty councils that the review of the acts will include an extensive examination of the powers held by the councils. Exhibition project won't add taxes By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer A proposed million improvement program for the Exhibition Grounds can be carried out without additional taxes being imposed on Lethbridge ratepayers, a member of the exhibition board said Thursday. Cleve Hill was explaining the program to members of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. Improvements are needed, Mr. Hill emphasized. The Exhibition Pavilion, the Whoop-Up Pavilion, the Youth-a-rama building and the 4-H building are relatively new. All other facilities on the grounds are at least 62 years old, he said. The grandstand, he said, could be condemned any day. Mud and dust during Whoop- Up Days is becoming a major -problem. And the fairgrounds see almost constant use throughout the year with agricultural events, athletic events and concerts being held there. A new grandstand is one of the major aspects of the plan. It would have three levels of pari-mutuel booths and would include a lounge and other public facilities. One level of the concrete-and-steel structures will possibly commemorate the Northwest Mounted Police, Mr. Hill said. Improvements to the existing racetrack would enlarge it from a half mile to five-eighths of a mile, the optimum length racing, Mr. Hill explained. The area inside the track would be cleared, leaving a grassy expanse which could be used for football and baseball. One of the major objects of the improvement program is to extend the park-like atmosphere of the area, tying the fairgrounds in with the Henderson Lake-Japanese Gardens complex. "We don't want fence-to- fence Mr. Hill said. Canadian Western Natural Gas has agreed to put in a gaslight park on the grounds, and Sicks Lethbridge Brewery has offered to erect a bandshell. Landscaping and maintenance would be shared by the exhibition association and the city, he said. Five fire-resistant stables would contain GO box stalls each in the proposed racing complex. During the off- season, this facility could be used to board horses owned by Lethbridge residents, Mr. Hill suggested. Trees and a grassy embankment along the edge of the grounds would shield 43rd Street from the stables. Mr. Hill said a Winter Works grant could be obtained to help pay the bill. The other million would come in the form of a 30-year loan from the federal government. The exhibition association receives a annual grant from the province, and starting this year will receive an additional a year for 10 years. The city has promised a year from the general fond for 10 years beginning in 1975 and the province will pay 50 per cent of the cost of new buildings up to on each building, Mr. Hill said. Demolition would begin immediately after this year's Whoop-Up days and ocmstroction is scheduled for completion before the 1975 fair. Waterton colony advised to stop expansion plan A Hutterite colony proposed near Barons will probably not be established in the face of opposition from the province's special advisory committee on communal property and land use. Arnold Platt, committee chairman, has advised the Waterton Colony it should not expand to Barons because of an already high concentration of Hutterite lands in the area. "It's very unlikely the colony will go Ken Hoeppner, committee information officer, said today. But he said he had not contacted the Waterton colony on the matter. Mr. Hoeppner said the colony initially hoped to buy 8.5 sections but bad been unable to arrange to buy more than about three sections. The original plans would have meant purchase of three sections in the County of Lethbridge and the remainder in the County of Vulcan. The Vulcan District Chamber of Commerce opposed the expansion at its annual meeting Thursday night. Peter Pickersgill, an employee of the Vulcan weekly newspaper, The Advocate, and a chamber member, successfully requested the chamber's land- use committee to continue its opposition to communal living. The chamber focused public attention on Hutterite expansion last year when it organized a motorcade protest against abolition of the communal property control act. But since the repeal of the act, municipal affairs minister Dave Russell has said the Hutterites have been "quite realistic" in their purchases. As of August, the committee reported the highest concentration of ownership was in the Municipal District of Cardston where Hutterites fanned 10.84 per cent of the land. Hutterites farmed 6.22 per cent of-the land in the County of Lethbridge, but only 1.55 per cent in the County of Vulcan. In the County of Warner they farmed 6.71 per cent of the land, 5.62 per cent in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek and 1.50 per cent in the Municipal District of Taber. Mr. Hoeppner said Hutterites have acquired about acres since August and established one new colony in the County of Forty Mile where the percentage of land fanned was 1.97 per cent last August Their holdings have increased slightly in the County of Lethbridge. County of Lethbridge opposes Barons colony A proposed Hutterite colony north of Barons is being opposed by the County of Lethbridge. Council Thurday supported a letter sent by Reeve Dick Papwortb pointing out that seven per cent of the assessed land in the county is now either owned or fanned by Hutterites. He told the meeting there had been a wrong impression left with the province's communal properties advisory committee that die county didn't oppose the colony, although in conversations with committee officials, both the reeve and Coun. Otto Wobick, wbo represents the Barons area, said they expressed disapproval of a new Hutterite settlement Coun. Wobick charged that options on land to be taken over by the Hutterites were taken without the owners knowing the land was to be used as a colony. "If I've been told the truth, it seems there have been some underhanded he claimed. Coun. Henry Nummi said it was about time the council voiced its opposition to new colonies. "They seem to be taking prime land and I'm opposed to it" Coun. Nranmi said. Coleman man killed A Coleman man died Thursday night after being injured in a highway accident Wednesday afternoon. RCMP said James P. Roberts, 45. wqas westbound on Highway 3 six miles west of Coleman when his pickup buck went into a spin on the snow-covered highway. The vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming semi-trailer driven by Robert G. Deadrick of Calgary. The pickup then struck a guardrail and a power pole before stopping. Mr. Deadrick was not injured Coroner F. S. Radford is undecided about an inquest Race meet Construction of the new grandstand at the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds will mean the annual fall thoroughbred race meet will be pushed ahead to spring, it was announced today. The meet will be held Jahe 3 to 15 ;