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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 48 THE liTHBRIDCE HERALD Wednesday, June 6, 5973 Bob Clark claims deaf probe was white washed' While he was education min- ister in the Social Credit gov- ernment, Robert Clark was approached by a deaf man and a Lutheran minister to help the deaf in Alberta. Meetings with the two, Macklin Youngs and Rev. Robert Bauer, prompted Mr. Clark to request an investiga- tion into education for the deaf in the cally, into the Alberta School for the Deaf. The result of the investiga- tion carried out by his depart- ment was a "whitewash said Mr. Clark, Social Credit MLA for Olds-Didsbury. Isolation Concluded from Page 47 municating orally and one of those people can't hear, he is "guessing three out of four times." There are too many mem- bers of the public "who sit back and say you have to learn to speak because you're in a hearing said Mr. Cartwright. But language is more important than speech. "The whole key is language development. Although the Alberta School for the Deaf subscribes to total communication and does not restrict its students to oral communication, it is not free from some of the other criti- cisms levelled at schools for the deaf. Some in the deaf communi- ties have claimed hearing teachers are not always sensi- tive to the needs of deaf chil- dren. Asked if there were any cases at the Alberta school of teachers putting students down, Mr. Cartwright replied: "Sure. Limited The average education of deaf people in Canada is about Grade 5 after 13 to 15 years of school. Some obtain much higher educations, grad- uating from Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., the world's only university for the deaf, with bachelor degrees. But they are in the minor- ity. "I think we've only sent 2.8 per cent (of our students) since 1955 to said Mr. Cartwright. "We're not doing a good enough job of getting them ready." One of the problems is that children come to the school unprepared. "We must have early diagnosis, early detec- tion." he said. "We have reports of kids identified as deaf at the age of five. What was the mother doing, Mr. Cartwright said he can see the deaf person's point in asking for a say in his educa- tion, but simply being deaf does not qualify someone to dictate what teaching meth- ods should be used. "I'm not saying you shouldn't listen to deaf adults. I think you should consult them." Had they been consulted in deaf education in Alberta? "No." Why not? "I don't Mr. Cartwright an- swered. "One thing the deaf have to do is get organized. I think deaf people must stand up and speak for themselves." For deaf education Robert Clark (left) former education minister in Social Credit government, and Lou Hyndman, present education minister of the Alberta Progressive Conservative government. Israel to fly German flag By DAVID LANCASHIRE TEL AVIV (AP) The black, red and yellow flag a West Germany will fly over Is- rael next month. Chancellor Willy Brandt is coming. It will be a delicate four-day stay, putting a final seal on the painful growth of relations be- tween the two countries. A German official in Tel Aviv says: "We expect it to be fully successful." But for more than victims of Nazi oppression who now live in Israel, Brandt's stay will be a time of conflicting emotions. With his anti-Nazi past, Brandt is respected as a man, but his country evokes unbearable memories for many Israelis. "We have the fullest and the deepest understanding of that, and so does the says a West Germon official liv- ing in Israel. "We are not so optimistic as to think that there will be no protests against him here, but if anyone throws eggs or to- matoes at him, they are throw- ing at the wrong target." "There is certainly no objec- tion to Brandt the said Pessach Burstein, world chair- man of the organization called Former Concentration Camp Inmates. "With his anti-Nazi past, he was our comrade, and I am recommending that no demon- strations be held." An Israeli telephone book re- veals a chilling list of survivor groups the Association of Nazi Blind Victims, the Asso- ciation of Invalid Fighters against the Nazis, the Associa- tion of ex-Prisoners of Bergen- Belsen, and others. None of them so far has disclosed plans to demonstrate against Brandt. Only a few years ago, people here would spit at Volks- wagens. The music of Wagner and Richard Strauss still is banned by the Israeli Philhar- monic. Brandt's first act in Israel will be to place a wreath at Yad Vashem, a huge govern- ment institution dedicated to Nazi victims. The floor there is paved with black stones, each carved with the name of a death camp. The German chancellor ar- rives June 7, and Israeli secur- ity is so tight that specific de- tails of his schedule are secret. The security, however, is most- ly against possible Arab guer- rilla attacks. Brandt is the first West Ger- man government leader to visit Israel. President Gustav Hein- emann, who holds the ceremon- ial office of West German chief of state, visited in 1971 without major incidents. Brandt will meet Premier Golda Medr and Foreign Minis- ter Abba Eban, visit collective farm settlements, walk around the old Arab city of Jerusalem and tour the ancient Jewish fortress of Masuda. He will move at full speed and get a minimum of public exposure. Mrs. Meir has made clear she does not want West Ger- many to get involved in the Mid- dle East dispute, and said she and Brandt will discuss only general issues. "We are in no position to act as a said a West German diplomat. "We try to preserve complete political neutrality between Israel and Arabs, but as Mr. Brandt das said, there can be no neu- rality of the heart as far as Israel is He later had more meetings with the deaf and parents of deaf young people. "The basic problem was that they were having no input into their edu- cation. What they wanted was a board of governors setup (at the Alberta School for the Mr. Clark said he was ame- nable to the idea but first es- tablished an advisory tee. Government fell Not long after that, in the summer of 1371, the Social Credit party lost the provin- cial election and the Progres- sive Conservatives formed the Alberta government. The advisory committee ap- parently fell by the wayside. "I really feel that we did make an honest said Mr. Clark. "What discourages me is that there has been no effort since then." On Nov. 1, 1971, Mr. Clark asked Education Minister Lou Hyndman in the legislature whether the advisory commit- tee had met and whether the minister planned any changes in the operation of the Alberta School for the Deaf. Mr. Hyndman replied he wasn't sure whether the com- mittee had met and that "at the moment" no major policy changes were planned for the school. In December, the minister sent a letter to Mr. Clark say- ing lie would meet with sev- eral former teachers of the Alberta School for the Deaf and with interested parents "to discuss the entire situa- tion regarding the school and its method of operation." Further word Mr. Clark said he has not heard anything more from the minister regarding the mat- ter. He said he might have raised the matter publicly but since it had appeared so close to election time, "had I raised it, I would have been seen as using the deaf as a vehicle." He said he decided, "maybe wrongly, not to turn this into a political because he wasn't certain it would have done the deaf any good. When told that Fred Cart- wright, superintendent at the Alberta School for the Deaf, has been instructed to watch his budget and curtail his op- eration, Mr. Clark indicated he would be raising the mat- ter in the legislature again. Mr. Cartwright said if he is to operate the school to the advantage of the deaf, he would need additional funds, not a budget cut. For exam- ple, "I would like to have a year to hire a person trained in sign language who would be available to deaf people." Mr. Hyndman, when asked to comment, said the school's budget wasn't being the contrary, it was being in- creased. The government's budget estimates for 1973-74 it was indeed being increased 4.8 per cent over last year, to from The 4.8-per-cent increase, however, turned out to be vir- tually the lowest increase in the department of education. Curriculum, for example, re- ceived a 3l-per-cent increase, the correspondence branch was given a 10.4-per-cent in- crease, and the minister's of- fice received a 123.8-per-cent increase. Kenneth McKie, supervisor of special education for the department of education, said the advisory committee set up to study the education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing was "in limbo." "Personnel was selected, but it has not had a meeting." Mr. McKie said there was another committee with simi- lar aims and a decision had not yet been made on the role of the advisory committee in relation to this other commit- tee. "Nobody has really made a decision yet on what to he said. Teaching class Clifton Carbin, 27, teaches a class for the hard-of-hearing and deaf adults at the Alberta College in Edmonton. oears Save 9" Our popular Swedish- style 'Sportsman' tent a-6 R 75111. This expertly tailored European tent is "Aqua Repel" silicone treated for protection against rain. 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