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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta I THf UTHMIDOI MttMD fAmoiy 14, Worth Commission details relented Report on educational planning says schools too rigid ACCUSES PM John LuDdrigan (PC Gander Twillingate) accused Prime Minister Trudeau of using a (our letter word against him In the Commons. The accu- set off a question pe- riod dispute in which Mr. Trudeau described the accu- sation as an "absolute truth." CALGARY (CP) Schools nave been far too rigid, says an interim report of the Worth Commission on educational plan- ning in Alberta. Dealing with the character of the educational system, the re- port says many educationists realize that there has been a vast increase in the amount of knowledge, "yet have not made the necessary adjustment in their concepts of teaching and learning." 'While it is acknowledged that a number of facts must be memorized in order to pro- vide the basic tools for student enquiry, we are concerned thai so much time is spent on the vast accumulation of unrelat- ed facts. Therefore we feel we must increase the emphasis on exploration and enquiry cesses, bring these into pro- bal- ance, and concurrently de-em- phisiw the memory type ip- jroach." The report released here says schools today simply do not acknowledge, let alone tolerate, the great variety of values current in society. SCHOOL CLIMATE 'While it is unthinkable that a system condone all values, still we must nourish a school climate so open that no topic cannot be discussed. It should be possible for any subject to be raised in question, hypothe- sized upon, and choices made. "It is impassible and unde- sirable to teach values per se, but there is a responsibility to help individuals to develop values as a result of Intensive intellectual analysis. The schools must now, and in the future, address themselves to vital human problems of con- cern to individuals." The report says that while Scout-Girl Guide movement having recruiting problem By BOB INGRAHAM OTTAWA (CP) Acceptance of girls into Rover scout troops is one of thte changes that might .shake Lord Baden-Powell if he were still alive. But the founder of the Boy Scout-Girl Guide movement would also have to accept the fact that both are having some recruiting problems today. However, the emphasis is on the new as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides of Canada pre- pare to celebrate Scout-Guide Week next week. The Scouts are 63 years old and the Guides 61. There's far less importance placed apparently now on uni- forms, salutes, ranks and marching. Personal develop- ment, through concern about topical issues such as conversa- tion, is in. Bob Milks of the Boy Scouts says scouting has turned from rigid structure to lax informal- ity in order to "encourage the boys to develop interests, not to force them to come out alike." Mrs. Doris E. Wtoteside of the Girl Guides of Canada, says "we're for girls, not to make them stand at attention but to make them better citizens." One change is the recent ex- perimental acceptance of girls Farm newspaper to make changes WINNIPEG (CP) The Free Press Weekly, which will be 100 years old in 1972, plans a for- mat change next month along with a new approach which its publishers say will stress the business side of fanning. The farm weekly began as a prairie publication but now has Sp iring Thaw fired TORONTO (CP) Dennis Miller said Friday night he has been fired as director of Spring Thaw, just one week after he began rehearsals for the show which is to open for preview performances here March 3. Mr. Miller declined to discuss the reasons for his firing, but eaid the show "just doesn't teem to be working." "It's not a Spring Thaw type of show. It's a musical comedy type of script which supposedly deals with social problems. It's not political satire or anything like other Spring Thaws." national circulation. It took over the circulation of the Farmer's Advocate in 1965 and The Fam- ily Herald in 1968. Effective with the March 27 issue it will be known as The Free Press Weekly Report on Farming, with prominence giv- en to the latter three words. It will retain its five-column tabloid size but the new mast- head will be in the form of a two-column square which can be moved around for flexibility of front-page layout. Inside, there will be depart- ments devoted to the economic aspects of agriculture. "Free Press Weekly has rec- ognized the need for hard farm- fag news on general agricultur- al conditions, management in- formation, commodity prices and farm market information and said a spokes- man for the publishers. "The emphasis will be on specialization whether it's live- stock, wheat, oilseed crops or feed grains. Today's farmer is a businessman and Report on Farming intends to be his farm business resort." nto Rover crews as associate Rovers. Before the program was offi cially begun, Rover crews ha< already admitted young women and the official move was for ma! recognition of the desire of he boys for co-ed scouting, Mr Vlilks says. The guides have not returned ffie favor by extending member ship to boys. But a January news release said that the Girls Guides encourages joint actrvi ties of Guides and Scouts. The first scouting organiza- ion was hardly co-educational It was a, military group, Baden- Powell's Boy Messenger Cadets which served during the siege of Mafekmg in the Boer War. That dictated the old para military image of scouting, one that's going. Venturers. In Montreal, for ex ample, are in the mMst of an in- vestment finance project. The Boy Scouts conservatioi program is relatively new, bu the Girl Guides have been deeply involved in conservatio since 1969 when a national out door science workshop was hel near Toronto. In addition, Brownies, Guides and Rangers are now competin for conservation prizes. Interest in environment especially evident in the North where .scouting and guiding have strong footholds. The Scouts have even intro- duced a special set of merit badges which emphasize native skills and' the hazards of north- ern Jiving. The colorful badges show an Eskimo scout's skill at such things as igloo making, sled and dog driving, hunting and trap- ping. Recently a ham radio network has been'brought into regular use to keep Guides in all parts of Canada in touch. But participation seems to be in a declining phase. Mr. Milks says the Boy Scouts are losing one to two per cent membership a year. Mrs. Whiteside says it's difficult to keep girls in Guiding beyond their 13th or 14th birthday. he ichool cannot possibly cov- the entire range of values jrestnt at any given time, "still must increasingly give att- ention to pluralistic view- that is, school pro- trims, should reflect differ- ences of philosophies, moral raluev, life style indeed all nutters political, economic, re- and aesthetic." "The difficulties in present- ing pluralism within a public system are great, for its effec- iveoess is based on rare hon- esty in teaching which pre- cludes the imposition of indoc- trination on controversial is- sues. The principle of inquiry must not be compromised by manipulation or concealment of relevant facts lest a kind of an- archy result. "However, despite the fact Jiat it relies on teacher ma- rurity and competence plural- ism must be sought." SPECIALISTS The commission foresees the necessity of providing special- ists in many areas to meet the demands of a complex society but cautions against the frag- mentation of the student. 'One essential specialist must be the person who as sists the child in integrating his educational and other ex beneralist must be maintained, or therein lies the preserva- tion of unifying concepts essen- tial to the well being of the student." The report also says the alma of education in must be changed to keep up with vast changes in knowl- edge and society. It says the current aims are earning the three de- veloping ability to conform to "The ideal in education is to that responsibility for the whole remains paramount As we see it, the crucial spe- cialist is the specialist of the whole, sometimes called the generaM. The strength of the the norms of society, prepar- ing for a vocation, acquiring a fund of basic knowledge and developing ability to acquire further knowledge. Ever increasing technologi- cal and scientific advances, the resulting "explosion of knowl- and the question of the relevance of values and ethics, all left in their wake signifi- cant stresses on all of society. The speed of these changes was unprecedented. "Thus the capacity to cope with all that is telescoped into one life spin must be of vital concern to all involved in the bioad process of education. "Concern for the individual has become paramount. "This sense of direction is vital governing levels; it is of equal Importance that indivi- duals involved in the educa- POPULATION Everybody knows about the population problem. One answer to the problem in densely populated cities such ai New York, Is high-rise buildings in background. The other day a group of New York pigeoni came up with their own answer to the problem as they perched on a traffic light over oth Avenue at 51st Street in midtown area of the metropolis. tional system be confident that there is such an over afl NB- rn. 'Responsible educators can- not compound the stresses of swiftly changing society by failing to keep such principle in mind constantly." Guns stolen from bases OTTAWA (CP) During last five years a total of worth of guns wew stolen from Canadian bases in Canada and Europe. Defence Minister Donald S. Macdonald, replying to written Commons questions from Ro- land Godin reported Monday that 21 persons were arrested for being involved in 13 of the 114 theft cases investigated. He also re- ported that only one of the sto- len weapons, a rifle, was found during searches under the War Measures Act. Most thefts occurred fa On- tario where of guns were stolen. Another worth were stolen in Germany. The value of guns stolen, in Quebec was New- foundland reported only one theft from bases rifle. Prince Edward Island was the only province not to report such thefts. VATICAN VIGILANCE, OLD AND NEW STYLES The uniform of the Vatican armc, left, was changed to mufti, right, with the later becoming a member of th icon "Central Office of Vigilance." Most of the gendarmes joined ihe latter or ation when the Pope's military corps was d isbandcd a few days ago. WHILE QUANTITIES LAST ON SALE: FEBRUARY 25 MISSES' COTTON BLOUSE KRESGE SPECIAL PRICE NON-RUN PANTY HOSE KRESGE SPECIAL PRICE 2 fairs 1 .95 THURS. FBI. 1AT. Wash Wear shirt in safari or body style with long sleeves. White, Navy, Blue, Red, Green, Gold shades. 8-18. THURS., FBI., SAT. A bevy of shades looking forward to Spring! Nudo heel, STRETCH TERRY SLEEPER DERBY SHAG MAT 3-6X JR. BOYS' GIRLS' BOXERS Easy to dress with ragfan sleeves and dome fasteners from neck to crotch. White. Pink, Maize, Aqua. 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