Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY The Lcthbridne Herald VOL. LXV No. 158 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 28 PAGES Exciting time in store for education By JIM WILSON Hcralil City Editor Albertans involved in education today meaning almost everyone will have an exciting time during the next few years, as the impact of the Worth Commis- sion on talucational Planning report starts to be ielt. The report, titled A Choice of Futures, is likely lo be viewed in future years as the result of.the.best-spent in Alberta's history. Dr. Waller Worth, the architect of the report, says he is "full of confidence" in the Conservative govern- ment's intention to use it effectively. "The way in which the new government has co- operated in this report has exceeded our fondest Dr. Worth told The Herald. "Their concern for open government has been carried through in our commission: they haven't even seen the report yet." No one in the government saw the report until it was released to the public and the province's news media for an advance peek Thursday. In fact, the gov- ernment provided funds for the report's printing with no strings attached it could have said almost any- thing. Helped author report In 1969 Ihe Worth commission was establish- ed by the Socreds, with the intention oi establishing a pattern for the province's entire education system to follow in order to prepare people for life in the 21st Century. The commission involved hundreds of Albertans and IVi years of work, with direct participation by. a number of southern Albertans including former Uni- versity of Lethbridge preside..; Dr. Sam Smith, and district businessman-farmer Leonard Haifey, whom Dr. Worth described as "a tremendous asset to the com- mission's work, and one of our most effective people." The report is the result of 36 public hearings, sub- missions from 330 individuals and groups, 11 one-day provincial conferences, three major sectional reports dealing with nursery school-to-Grade 12, post-secondary and lifelong education, and a major over-all confer- ence called Congress on the Future. Dr. Worth said the most important aspect of the report is an urging for "power to the people" in educa- tion: all Albertans must be involved, directly and in- directly, in every aspect of education planning, offer- ings and changes. The report, which can be described only as graph- ically beautiful, is written as much as possible in layman's language, in order that it can be read and understood by everyone and it is fascinating read- ing. It is also perhaps the bluntest report Alberta has ever had. Examples: the "mindless professionalism" of tecahers represents one of Die largest deterrents to educational progress. "The present content of schooling may not be dumb, bub it is more than a little deaf and almost totally blind." "Bureaucracy in education is susceptible lo a virulent disease self-perpetuating officialism." "The sickening truth about poverty" is that the poor are poor because of, among other things, "inferior education." "The majority if Alberta's schools function In rela- tive isolation from the communities which they serve." "To change schooling is to change leichers." Something closer to universal accessibility to educa- tion is urged in the report, and a greater use of com- mon sense is prescribed in terms of providing what- ever education people need to function effectively in their day-to-day lives. The traditional approach to grades, years, examinations, pre-requisites and simi- ler anachronisms should bo scrapped. Encouraging words But with all the sweeping changes Dr. Worth rec- ommends, he has encouraging words for those con- cerned about the skyrocketing cost of education: "We don't believe the bill is now he said at a press conference, and the report says expenditures "will pose any serious hardship." Dr. Worth has just one concern: that transfor- mation of the report be accomplished with assistance from "an enlightened public, unselfish professionalism (of educationists) and a gutsy government at all levels." To Ihis end, public input is being encouraged for the next few months, and all thoughts on the report may be addressed to Ihe Cabinet Committee on Educa- tion, 11010 142nd St., Edmonton T5N 2R1. Copies of the report may be purchased for 55 from the Queen's Printer in Edmonton, or in the next few weeks, from local book stores. An extensive advertising campaign is already planned by the government to assure sufficient public input lo permit legislation for the fall 1972 or spring 1973 sessions of the legislature. Worth report released Education changes vital By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Wriler Dramatic social changes are on the horizon in Alberta and equally dramatic changes in education are vital to the future this province, says the Worth Com- mission Report on Educational Planning released today. The report, commissioned by the Social Credit government nearly three years ago, is described as "radical" by its author, Dr. Walter Worth. "Basically what we are saying in the report is more power to the said Dr. Worth during a pre- Highlights of Worth report Highlights cf the Alberta report in educational planning, released today: Albert a Academy recom- mended to offer higher educa- tion to Albertans through tele- vision, radio, corresondence, tutorials and group learning. It would have no campus. A pre-school system for five-year-olds should be estab- lished to end Alberta's posi- tion as the only Canadian province without a govern- ment-sponsored kindergarten system. AFTER THE SEIGE A South Vietname se girl shows the strain of more them two months seige as she and wait in' An Loc yesterday for helicopter evacuation. Although Norlh Vietnamese troops have been driven out of An Loc, a group of about 100 still holds a mile stretch of Highway 13, making land travel unsafe. (AP Wirephoto) Three persons are dead irirClaresholm shooting: Formation recommended of a government agency to pro- vide rsdio, television and computer facilities to serve Alberta Academy, supplement a pre-school system and pro- vide adult education pro- grams. Students needed more au- tonomy to decide what they should learn and how they should learn it. Special systems recom- mended for improving educa- tional background of three- R n d four-year-old children who are disadvanlaged. An apparent domestic dispute at the small community of Woodhou'ie, about six miles south of Claresholm, resulted in the death of three persons Thursday evening. Claresholm detachment of the RCMP reported dead as a result of a double murder-sui- cide are: Torval Johnson, 53, Edna Mills, 53, and her 12-year- old daughter Penny, all o! Claresholm. A Claresholm RCMP spokes- man told The 'Herald "Edna Mills and her daughter were apparently shot lo death with 3 calibre hunting rifls fired by Johnson, who then turned the weapon on himself." Mrs. Mills and her daughter were understood to have been living with Johnson at the timo of the shooting. Length of most general and professional programs leading to a university degree should be reduced. release press conference in Letbbridge Thursday. "The report contains thou- sands of proposals and calls for some pretty sweeping changes in the entire education picture." Ten "four-star" recommenda- lions caii for immediate aciion by the provincial government. "These 10 priority actions are seen as only a beginning of edu- cational changes requiring pro- vince-wide planning and co-or- Dr. Worth said. "Implementation of these would serve as a springboard for the more extensive altera- tions to the educational and so- cial fabric of Alberta which are suggested in the report." There are no other direct rec- ommendations contained in the report, he said, "because edu- cation is loo complex a thing to discuss any one point in iso- lation from the rest of the edu- cational spectrum." However, almost every para- graph in the docu- ment contains a proposal for the future. The first quarter of the report paints a picture of several al- ternate futures Albertans could find themselves living in by the year 2000, and the remainder describes educational priorities with which to deal with them. Based on a number of Alberts 'H u m a n Resources Research Council studies, the province is Grade 12 departmental ex- aminations should be abolished and replaced by "power tests" which merely check on progress at two or three different times during the year. An "Alberta Academy" ated by the department of ad- vanced education. It would per- mit Albertans of all ages to be educated in their living rooms through a series of radio and television programs for school credits. Albertans shuold have avail- able, and be encouraged to take advantage of, opportunities to further their education to keep pace with the rapidly growing storehouse of knowledge. Certification requirements should be improved for teach- ers in early and basic educa- tion. Both departments of educa lion should be reorganized to the extent that they would as- sume education related duties now handled by variuos govern- ment departments. The reor- ganization should also Include abolition of the Alberta univer- sities commission and the Al- berta colleges commission. Funding arrangements for all levels ot lifelong education (education from birth to death) include provisions for life ex- perience and student assist- ance. The report states that i-'Uiuiiij aiuuivro, lue (JIUVJILCC Jb t, likely to undergo some or all ot the bl.n for fllture schooling will ITS 1 1 IT Pfl PP TTI O VP WP 1 1 JL J-lJ-tJ VC; SfYC'JLlO Grade 12 departmental ex- aminations should be replaced by progress checks during the year. More money should be spent on higher education as well as early and adult train- ing, leaving relatively less for basic education. BELFAST (AP) A lone, force of Irish guerrilla bombers and gunmen was under unprece- dented pressure today to lay down its arms and give North- era Ireland a respite from viol- ence. Two of Ulster's top Roman Catholic politicians joined a swelling peace movement Thursday by urging a "for a day, a week, a year, it doesn't matter how give British government plans for restoring order a chance to work. Britain appeared to have snatched the initiative from the guerrilla camp by proposing a far-reaching series of political innovations designed to give the minority Catholics a greater share in governing Northern Ireland. Talks on the future of a demo- cratic Ulster were proposed, to embrace Protestants and Catho- lics alike. And the British said they are prepared to hold a plebiscite on whether Northern Ireland should be united with the overwhelmingly Catholic Republic of Ireland in the south. Tj-k -g -I f 111 UWblb Illi9 J ports Left-Juincled get watch of their own LONDON meulti-) Left- handed people who have trouble Ihe following social changes during the next 30 years: Declining influence of mar- riage and the family, religious institutions and the work ethic; growing positive human rela- tionships; mounting tension be- tween major groups in society; rising mental illness, crime, drug abuse and alcoholism; de- creasing emphasis on values pertaining to law and order, pa- triotism and cultural identity; rising levels of personal in- come, increasing leisure time; increasing urbanization. And to cope with these "fu- ture shock" changes, Dr. Worth proposes, for a start these 10 actions: Provisions lo allow all five- year-old children to take part in one year of guided learning before entering the basic Grade not pose any serious hardship to Ihe province if there are moderate changes in (he tax structure. The present school year should be modified to allow more flexibility within the sys- tem. In addition, a solution should be found as soon as pos- sible to the question ot trans- fer, particularly from one post- secondary institution to another. There should be a reduc- tion in the length of time it takes to obtain oil general and most professional university de- grees (now four The report says if universities fail to do this voluntarily, then the government should take action in the public interest. An Integrated Provincial Development Plan should be es- tablished lo help all citizens to wmdLbu Ion or reach lhe age three cr four" on 13) Author goes to jail NEW YORK (AP) Clifford Irving, who faked an autobiog- raphy o American industrialist Howard Hughes and sold it for to McGraw-Hill, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 21i years in prison and a fine lor conspiracy and grand larceny. His wile, Edith, who posed as "Helga R. Hughes" to cash the royalty cheques through Swiss banks, was given a two-year suspended sentence and two months in prison, plus a fine. LiUiNLiuw m'l A creeping to nait a dispute over cargo con-paralysis hit Britain's ports tainerizalion. today with hundreds of ships The dispute involves men of idle as stevedores walked out in the same union, the Transport a wildcat dispute over the gov- and General Workers Union, ernment's efforts to curb Britain's largest, and centres on strikes. a conflict over containerized Nearly longshoremen freight, closed down the London, Man- Other industries could follow Chester, Hull, Preston and Liv- the dockers and down tools in erpool ports by noon today when potentially the biggest challenge they walked out in sympathy to the Conservative government with three dock leaders facing ever mounted by organized arrest for defying a court order labor. side to normal and a strap with a reverse it's time to stop pushing women around .EDMONTON (CP) Mere professions which in other improvement of ad ul t educa- countries are practiced by a lion programs for women is not proportion of worn-enough, says a commission re- "served for port on educational planning. Tne rep0rt says Women in It calls for "massive and per- search of personal autonomy, vasive change" in society so social competence and creative that women can not only bo capacity must be given wider trained, but be accepted in and different opportunities or their jobs. further education. "Their sex and mother-home- "And they are the not maker role still constitute se- the male education administra-rious handicaps to rewarding lion establishment who career development. The im- ought to tell us what those age of certain professions is es- learning opportunities ought lo scntially masculine, so lhat be." Nurses continue to picket in first legal walkout SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) A St. Rita spokesman said the 150 nurses in two Cape Breton hospital's 145 patients will be hospitals continued to picket (he cared for until "orderly dis-institutions here today following charge can be you Maxwell Seen and heard Abouf town TMTY HALL visitors ob- serving Irv Fraser do- ing a ballet, only to learn he was describing his water ski- ing style Katlierine Hah- berf i e 1 d introducing city police narcotics investigator r'rank liatligale to r women's group meeting with "our speaker today is on drugs." night. Is is believed to be the first legal strike by nurses in Can- ada. The nurses, employed at St. Rita Hospital in Sydney and St. Elizabelh's Hospital in nearby North Sydney, both run by tha Roman Catholic Church, say Ihey are being discriminated against by being denied job classifications which they say would benefit patients by open- ing the way for additional staff. The walkout started after last-ditch negotiations Thursday failed to settle Ihe dispute. The first indication that the strike was having an effect on patients was when St. Rita offi- cials turned away a man suffer- ing from a crushed hand. He was taken lo anolher Sydney hospital. gQ "I "1 OI Illl RCK v NEW YORK (AP) The pi- lots in 84 countries will go on strike for 24 hours Monday to protest hijacking dangers, the International Federation of Air- line Pilots Associations said today. "This drastic action is the re- sult of the lack of effective in- ternational measures to stem the tide of unlawful interference with civil aviation and consti- tutes a strong expression o f deep concern and solidarity on the part of the world's aviation federation presi- dent Capt. Ola Forsberg of Fin- land, told a news conference. The action bv U.S. nilots is scheduled to take effect at 2 a.m. EOT June 10, John J. O'Donnell, p r e s i d e n t of In? United States Airline Pilots As- sociation, told a Washington news conference. The international federation, representing pilols, said June 8 it would suspend civil aviation services unless the United Nations Security Council took effective aciion against hi- jackings. O'Donnell said the air service shutdown was ordered because of failure of the United Nations to take effective action regard- ing enforcement of intprnntinnal convictions against hijackers and extortionists. "Under law, airline pilots are charged with the responsibility for the lives of the passengers entrusted to O'Donnell said. "When some world gov- ernments are unable or unwill- ing to insure that level of safety and securily lhat we demand, and the travelling public expect, then we can no longer sit idly by." O'Donnell said he wanted to make especially clear that the action was not directed against U.S. airlines, but against the in- ability of all nations to agree on thf> nt tn stop air piracy. In Montreal, Capt. Charles Simpson, president of the Cana- dian Airline Pilols Association, said Canadian pilots would take part in the one-day walkout. He told a news conference there was an "immediate and urgent need" for drastic action to ensure strict control of air- ways. The walkout was not directed at any specific government, es- pecially that of Canada, ho pccially that of Canada, ho stressed. Nor was it a work stoppage aimed at airlines. SPA parlirA sfftrv 1"