Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE UTHMIDOt HBAID WtdiwMlay, January 19, 1971 Alberta innovative projects bring new ideas into education By LORNE BRUCE EDMONTON (CP> Older students are teaching children in the primary grades and the project in St. Albert is helping both. Indians at High Prairie are trained as teacher aides to work in a pre-school program for Indian and Metis children who get a sense of self and cultural identity. A setting quite different and away from any regular junior high school is provided at Red Deer for approximately 20 students who are at present incapable of functioning within a school setting thai they perceive" as authoritar- ian, personally irrelevant and antagonistic to their need to achieve independence. Their teacher is primarily a coun- sellor. An attempt will be made to have the young peo- ple re-enter the regular high school program. A program is under way in the county of Lament to im- prove effectiveness of commu- nication in the classroom be- tween teachers and students "Now there is a lot of talk but not too much communica- tion." PROJECTS IN EFFECT These are some of the ideas for changing education that came out of Alberta's innota- tive projects program. These are some of tire 27 project! that have been approved ant now are in effect. The aim is to get ideas that may be lurking in Alberta school rooms into the oper where they may be studiec and maybe put into practice. The innovative projects tac- kle some of the Kbst pressing problems in the schools. The challenge is to develop new procedures and products thai work and that will have a po- sitive impact on education in the province. Dr. Irving Hastings, pro- jects co-ordinator, adminis- ters the fund of million an- nually and allocates the money to school systems thai come up with new ideas that are approved. The funds help the boards set up pilot pro- jects so the ideas can be tested. CONFERENCES HELD In 1971 there were four con- ferences in various parts oi the province bringing together educationists such as teach- ers, principals, vice-princi pals, superintendents, schoo board members, home aw school officials, university stu- dents and represeDtatives o government institutions. Through the conferences Dr. Hastings' office informer educationists how they might compete for the money made available under provincial legislation passed in 1970. In turn, educationists let him know how administration of the fund might be improved. The 27 projects approved ranged from community use of schools to school board budgetting. Alberta's was the first such program in Canada, but now Saskatchewan which obtained guidelines from the Alberta 1 officials, have similar programs. ADOPT SYSTEMS There are projecls to adopt the systems approach to evaluating, (planning based on needs) to help students with learning disabilities; lo encourage more use of multi-media (television, films, tape recordings, lo encourage flexibility in school operation, to contract out special services; and to encourage educational programs which take place away from claisrooms. Dr. Hasting's urged that proposals be evaluated carefully before being submitted. had been rushed through and too often people had "a solution before they knew what the problem is." In the first year about 50 per cent were turned down but now 75 per cent of the submissions were approved. USE RESOURCES Under Alberta's legislation, public and separate may make application to the advisory board for funds to help them investigate better ways of organizing and using their resources to improve the quality of education. The legislation encourages school boards and their personnel to attack significant and pressing problems in their schools and require different, novel and sustained efforts. The plan envisages adaptation of existing practice from elsewhere or invention of something original. The conferences were planned to achieve two main purposes: To assist teachers, princi-p a 1 s, superintendents boards to plan and de-v e I o p practical UmortUve projects that would be btted upon carefully aliened oecdi in their schools; and to get reactions that would the advisory hoard to review tti present policies and guidelines and make appropriate recommendations to (he minister of education. Skin cancer technique developed DURHAM, N.C. University doctors report (hey have been able to reUr growth of a highly malignan skin cancer in 18 per cent o their research case by use o a tuberculosi vaccine. The doctors, in a report re- leased by the univerity, saic they believe the researci offers significant hope of re- covery for patients in very early stages of melanoma which usually begins w i t h a n-alignant mole. Dr. Hillard Seigler, associate professor of surgery an Immunology, and Dr. William Shingleton, professor of sur gery, said they believe from their tests that the tuberculosis bacteria vaccine BCG en hances the immune system and augments the body's abil Ity to produce cancer-fighting antibodies. "The immunization therapy has allowed 18 per cent of the melanoma patients to have re- gression of said Seig- ler. He added, "this form of treat- ment is the only form of ther- apy known to date to be effec- tive in bringing about regres- sion in melanoma." Bus fare hiked RED DEER (CP) It's go- Ing to cost more to ride a bus ifter July I, city council has decided. An increase in fares for to 25 cents from 20 cents was approved at a council meet- ing. 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