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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta report 'glaring example of educational barbarism' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Worth Report on education is worthless, the chairman of the Toronto Board of Education told the annual convention of the South Western Teachers Association Friday. Mixing satire with sarcasm, William Charlton spent an hour Friday taking Dr. Walter Worth, Alberta deputy minister of advanced education and author of the report, and other writers of education philosophy to task for misleading the public on the purposes of education. The Worth Report is a "glaring example of the barbarism" that has crept into the educational system, he charged, adding that the report gives no direction to education at a time when it is in dire need of a central purpose. The trusting Canadian population has given the right to educate its children to the "high priests" of education who don't know where they are going themselves, he charged. While reiterating the need for students to be able to read and write well, Mr. Charltcn referred to the Worth Report as the kind of bad writing that students shouldn't learn. "The people who wrote it couldn't speak English. They speak in a jargon." They answer questions, in a technical jargon that's found only on their four-by-five-inch cards. Even the opening statement in the Worth Report is just meaningless philosophical jargon, Mr. Charlton suggested. That statement says: "Our future holds two certainties: one, that it is ahead of us; the other that it will arrive." Mr. Charlton said that doesn't mean anything and certainly doesn't project anything that most people don't already know. The rest of the report is just as meaningless and the final recommendations of the report could have been included in a couple of pages if all the jargon was removed, he added. All the report managed to do, Mr. Charlton says, was make "people who didn't understand it angry. Those who understood it were already supporters of it before it was written." He also questioned the Alberta government's attempt to apply some of the philosophical jargon of the report to its educational system. "What kind of government has people working for it who say there should be an economic demand for graduates of he asked. If the situation in Alberta is as it is reported to be, Mr. Charlton suggested the "whole place of university is in jeopardy." People go to university "to be exposed to the big ques- tions that society faces." They don't go to university just because there is an economic demand for post secondary training. The whole concept of universities is geared toward the "training of a critical he said. "People have a right in refusing to attend universities.. if the only reason they think they're going" to university is to fulfill an economic demand for their services. Mr Charlton told the convention it is a "moral indecency" for a government to suggest there will be no courses in certain segments of education that don't have an economic demand for the product. "It puts the university tradition on its head." To the glee of hundreds of teachers at the convention, Mr Charlton suggested that it was time teachers began to speak out. "You tell them (administrators and government officials) that the things they have brought to pacify the public" don't belong in the educational system. You tell them you are the teacher and that is the end of it It is the responsibility of a dedicated teaching profession to speak out on educational issues that affect their students rather than just concentrate on teaching what is handed to them by those now making the political decisions in education, he added. Golden years require preparation Retirement is no longer considered a withdrawal into seclusion. It's a perfectly normal evolution in the pattern of life, but not everyone knows how to reap the rewards of the golden years A new 10-part series, Life After 65, starting Monday in The Herald, tells you how- you can enjoy those retirement vears. Watch for it. The Uthbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVII 62 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1974 72 Pages 15 Cents Skidding car kills five cows Five bred cows were killed early this morning when they were struck by a car that had skidded off a highway south of Lethbridge. The accident occurred one mile south of the city limits on Highway 4 when a car driven by Merlin Roan of Lethbridge skidded out of control on the icy road, crashed through a fence and struck the animals. An RCMP officer estimates damage to the car andjhe cost of the animals at more than Mr. Roan was not injured. Seen and heard About town Telephone repairman Bryon Rowntree in anguish after a billy goat chewed his jacket while on repair call Stingray swimmer Jamie Wiskerke saying he gets athlete's foot after water exercise. Kissing cops Yes, you really are seeing a couple of motor- cycle cops kissing in New Orleans. But it isn't what you think and gay liberation hasn't taken over. You see, one is male and female and they're married to boot. The couple married is Aiita (right) and Jospeh Faucheux who are members of the New Orlean's Police Department's Motorcycle Patrol. Powell slams Market as Liberal strength grows Inside 'It's our son, dear. He must be happy, he's joined a gey movement' Classified....... 30-34 Comics............26 Comment........ 4, 5 District............21 Family.........22-24 Local News Markets .-......27-29 Religion....... 10, 11 Sports.......... 16-18 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 15, HIGH SUN. 49; CLOUDY PERIODS. BIRMINGHAM (Reuter) Enoch Powell, a powerful right wing politician, advocated today a vote tor left-wing Labor in next Thursday's general election to get Britain out of Common Market commitments. In a speech prepared for de- livery to a rally of the anti- market Get Britain Out campaign, Powell accused Prime Minister Heath of planning to deprive Parliament of its rights to make laws by committing the country to the community's monetary and trade regulations. Powell, who withdrew his Conservative party candidacy charging the election was a fraud, did not specifically name the Labor party of Harold Wilson. But he said there was an al- ternative "offered by a political party capable of securing a majority in the House of Commons and sustaining a government." Violence mars food give-away H1LLSBOROUGH, Calif