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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 24, 1975 Ford proclaims new oil import tariffs old man One of six iguanas hatched yesterday at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Aus- tralia, sits on its father's head. WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford signed a proclamation Thursday that would boost tariffs on im- ported oil in the United States- and said later that a move in Congress to repeal his action would be "a backward step." The higher tariffs will in- crease retail gasoline prices by an estimated three cents a gallon. After signing the proclama- tion, Ford was asked by reporters for his reaction to moves by key congressional Democrats to void the higher tariffs through legislation. Acknowledging Congress's power to do so, Ford added, "to take a backward step is not in my opinion a very wise way to the energy problem." In signing the document, Ford said action by Congress is especially needed to enact a comprehensive energy program 'that would go far beyond the administrative step he took. Asked if he were willing to compromise in this area, Ford said that if Congress developed its own comprehen- sive, equitable alternative, "of course I will consider it." But Ford emphasized that top priority must go to quick action. White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen es- timated the tariff increases Ford a barrel on Feb. 1 and an additional {1 on March 1 and April 1 for an eventual total of would ul- timately raise retail gasoline prices by about three cents a gallon. Before signing the proclamation, Ford met with governors of 10 Northeastern states, most of whom express- ed sharp disagreement with his tariff-boosting program. Their states are heavily dependent on imported oil, and Ford 'tried without suc- cess to convince them his pro- gram would not cause their areas undue hardship. Ford said the proclamation resulted from a "considered judgment" and was not de- signed to penalize any state or industry. As things stand now, he said, the U.S. is "very vulnerable to a foreign oil em- bargo" and declared, "We need a program that will make us invulnerable." The president now seeks congressional passage to legislation to impose a barrel levy on all oil, foreign and domestic, and to lite price ceilings on some domestically produced petroleum and natural gas. The administration has esti- mated that all these steps would increase gasoline prices by at least 10 cents a gallon. More than half the gover- nors who met with Ford have said they will seek a federal court restraining order against the president's proclamation. Several tthers have been highly critical of the tariff program. Congressional opponents of the tariff increase, arguing it would fuel inflation without cutting oil usage, will try through legislation to void the presidential proclamation before it takes effect. AGTT -m JJT introduces Memory Phone Says a lot for you. (It's a good listener, Leave your house or office anytime you like and never miss a phone call. You can leave Memory Phone alone, when you're not home. Memory Phone works just like any telephone, until you switch on the Then it answers every call for you in your own voice, your own unique way. And remembers every word your callers say. Memory Phone takes up to fifteen 30-second incoming messages. Listen to them at your leisure as often as you like. Memory Phone is personal. All calls are private because there's no third party involved. When you're out or just unable to get to the phone, Memory Phone is the perfect answer. And. the convenience speaks for itself. Call your ACT Business Office for complete information. Now you can be in, when you're out. Not available for party line customers. School-community day. Christian principles 'have place in school' Despite the new morality and the lack of motivation among youth for traditional standards, Catholic schools must continue to educate to Christian principles. The statement was part of a message conveyed to about 160 parents, teachers, school administrators and trustees at a one-day school community day conference in Lethbridge Wednesday by a priest who works as a chaplain in a Calgary high school. Rev. Eric Nelson expressed concern about the attitude of students today, the failure of adults to challenge youth and the lack of firm religion values in the home. He urged schools to con- tinue educating to Christian principles and "keep trying" to understand the youth while developing the skills they will need to live a Christian life. Students "really treasure a Catholic education 'matter of attitude' Catholic schools have a dimension of education within their grasp that other school systems "are crying out" for a clear- ly identified reason for educating, a Calgary religious education consultant said in Lethbridge Wednesday. Calgary separate school consultant Ray Whiteman said in Catholic schools, education is providing students with the skills to develop a relationship with God. The Catholic school must deal with the eternal destiny of man, he told about 160 parents, teachers, trustees and ad- ministrators during a one day Lethbridge separate school community school day. "We have a tremendous situation in the separate system because we can deal'with it directly." He warned those attending that if the schools can't bring in the value of the Creator into the schools and the curriculum then "we might as well close the school Christian values and Catholic beliefs must be, clearly obser- vable to the child throughout the school, he emphasized. "If there is not a Christian attitude throughout the classroom and the school then the students will see through it." If it is to be effective, he pointed out, the philosophy of the Catholic school has to be taught in every subject. Dr. Whiteman said a half hour of religious instruction does not make a Catholic school. It needs an emphasis on dignity of the person, he suggests. Students must be treated "in a Christian way" even when they are being disciplined, he added. Dr. Whiteman believes that teachers could establish a better relationship with their students if they would become in- volved with extra curricular activities in the school. Extra curricular activities are one "way to a child's heart." They provide the teacher with an opportunity to show the students a "real commitment" to their total education. He told parents that the adolescent needs to have standards set for them in the home. They will test and question those values, but in doing so, will be forming their own value system. It is a normal process for them to probe and question the standards of thtir parents. "Try not to be irritated by he ad- vised. sense of belonging and friendship and have "a strong desire to be involved in something different." His remarks indicated students are having a difficult time obtaining that sense of belonging because they believe their attitude toward life is not understood by the adult world. Father Nelson said students no longer are motivated by academic achievement and other methods of motivation used to challenge students several years ago when he was in school. "Very few" have visions of attaining a prominent position in society. "Most students will back into their he added. However, he said, they are motivated to the development of the person and a humanistic approach to life. Father Nelson expressed concern about what he believes to be "a crisis of morality today." Basically, there is no moral value that is generally accepted, he warned. Student values "as I see it, are really found in the home." .Basically, students subscribe to the same morals as their parents and when the, parents religious values are am- biguous, so are theirs. Father Nelson also urged parents and schools to open effective communication lines with young people so they realize that somebody does care about them. It is common to hear students cry out "doesn't anybody he said. "Lots of people but their care and concern is n3t being communicated to the young people. He spoke of a need for a greater "affinity between the church and school" so students understand the meaning of Catholic schools. A situation now exists where "I don't think students expect anything different" from Catholic schools than they would of public schools. Understanding self 'primary step in becoming educated' The job of the school is to assist students gain an under- standing of themselves so they can live in their kind of world and make it interesting. Until children gain an un- derstanding of themselves, they are not in a position to be educated., These are the cold, hard facts University of Alberta psychologist John Paterson directed a a gathering of parents, teachers, trustees ajid administrators in Lethbridge Wednesday as they attempted to reach an understanding on the behavior and attitudes that should be expected of students. RELEVANCE Dr. Paterson explained that all learning is "personal and emotional" and the education system must approach it as such. If education doesn't have meaning to the student, it just "goes in one ear and out the other. It 'must have relevance." Dr. Paterson believes educators must be interested in all students in their school system. "We must avoid pitting our academic students against our vocational he ad- vised. Each person can obtain ex- cellence in what they can do. That is why "we must be terribly interested in helping students know who they are what they can he ex- plained. The former chairman of the Edmonton public school board then spoke of the enormous increase in knowledge during the past few years. It took from 1900 to 1950 to double the knowledge gained by man during the previous 750 years and only 10 years to double it again, he suggested. NO TOTAL EXPERTS The result is that no man can now be an expert in all, fields, he added. It is for this reason that he suggests it is even more im- portant that each student be given every assistance to develop his or her own interests. He commended parents and teachers for helping Alberta educators realize a few core subjects do not make an education. He credited them with altering the entrance re- quirements at universities. Dr. Paterson urged parents and teachers to use honesty when dealing with children. "It is much more important than authority." Young people can accept limitations if the reasons for them being established have been honestly explained to tliem, he claims. The psychologist also urged parents and teachers to take the time to listen to the questions of young people. LISTENING "Ninety per cent of problems can be solved through active listening and we can't get to the answers until we know the he suggested. He is also of the belief that "the way something is said is much more important than what was said. Parents and teachers must leave the young person with some respect for themselves, even when disciplining them, he maintained. Dr. Paterson urged parents, trustees and teachers to be cautious in taking a position on values that contradicts those accepted by young people. VALUES CHANGE Values are changing so fast that adults must learn to adapt to some of the changes, he said while recalling the fury that prevailed among the adult group when the rock group The Beatles entered the scene with their mop hair cuts in the 1960s. Now some school trustees have longer hair, he pointed out. When the separate school system takes a stand on a value issue, "I hope it is based on integrity and love" and not "a long hair issue or something he' concluded. ;