Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 1HE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tueiday, June 20, T97I Worth report Low-enrolment programs should be abolished By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer Low enrolment courses in secondary schools and univer- sities should be abolished, says the Worth Commission Eeport on Educational Planning, The report states that 18 per cent of the courses being offer- ed in high schools are meeting the needs of 70 per cent of thr, students. In vocational courses, the gap is even wider six per cent of the total enrolment is in vo- cational training, yet these courses make up 40 per cent of the total offerings. Some "disconcerting" enrol- ment statistics exist in higher education as well, even at the undergraduate level. The University of Alberta of- fers 27 undergraduate English courses. Four courses account for 83 per cent of the enrolment while in the department of eco- nomics two of the 20 courses offered have 74 per cent of the enrolment. "Fears that reducing number of courses offered wil! limit learner opportunities ant compromise the principle liversily are ays the report. The development of many iimilar courses has given the Uusion, not the reality, of hoice. Some of these low-inrolment courses should not be offered vhile others should be offered only when there is a demand, >erhaps every two or three ?ears, the report says. "Some courses should be of- 'ered at only one location in :he province, or in one location n a city or region." Another possibility is for in- stitutions to shore courses. "This means tliat in low en- 100 Copies 53.30 plus tax Instant Print Copy Div. 1269 Ave. S. Lethbridge rolment courses, a learner en- rolled in one institution could include in his programs courses from other institutions in his community, his region or else- where In the province." In practice, this plan could see a student enrolled at Mounl Koyal College also taking courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Calgary. Students in one high school might enrol in courses at an> other high school while students in vocational high schools might lake courses at a college and vice versa. DENTISTRY Douglas E. Fletcher received his doc- torate in denial surgery at the spring convocation of tha University of Alherta. lie is the son of Dr. and Sirs. E. E. (Elmo) Fletcher of Lcth- bridge. Mr. Fletcher will be practising in Lclhbridgc. Hours of school learning worthless education myth Aid for the Aged is OFY project the the will anc sacred cow of time in relation to learning should be led to the educational slaughterhouse, says the Worth Commission Report on Educational Planning. In clinging to the myth that it takes a certain period of lime to leam a set amount, "we are really denying that much has changed in the last 100 the report says. "The world is supposed to begin formal learning at age six, although some countries cheat a little. "We learn from a.m. to p.m., 190-200 days a year, for 12 years all at no extra cost. Each subject is accorded X number of minutes a operate 10 months a year. It takes 18 years to become a dentist, 16 years to become a teacher, 12 years to become a policeman and nine years to become a drop-out." The report says that, while there is some evidence to support the value of certain timo bases, there is also strong evidence on which all can be questioned. Teachers are forced to develop their teaching methods by the hands on a clock, says tlie report. The commission also found in its three-year study that the time it takes to obtain most university degrees could be shortened by one year. "The present time-bound degree structure works a considerable hardship on thousands of Alberta university students as well as hundreds of thousands of It has been found in the United States that the time spent on PhDs, MDs and DDSs can be reduced by one or years without sacrificing quality. In Britain, a proposal for a two-year DA program is currently under study. KKW NTH In Weekend Magazine thlt O'Brien tells where this year'j hampionship will be or lost, lierry Hill's windy seventh hole. HERAID WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHERS 1 PORTRAIT -WEDDING -COMMERCIAL 1 1 SAME CONVENIENT IOCATION i 710 3rd AVE. S. A. E. CROSS STUDIO 1 328-0111 PHONES "Hopefully, various faculties and schools in our universities, vith the backing of appropriate irofessional organizations, will 'mmediately begin to reduce lie time requirements for their the report says. "If the universities do not do this voluntarily, then appropri- ate legislative and executive action should be taken by the provincial government in the public interest." However, a change in the :imD concept will accomplish By JMARLENE COOKSHAW Herald Staff Writer One Opportunities for Youth is close to half-way :hrough its project for the sum- mer, working an average of eight hours a day, five days a week. Aid for the Aged employs six people on a federal grant of Involved in the work are Bud Belle, Denny Garrett, Byron Templeton, John Haw- kins, Ursula Witzke and Sharon Nelson. 'We're busy all day with about two jobs per day, and we're still about 12 or 15 jobs said Denny. The group does minor house- hold repairs and maintenance for senior citizens. To date, work has included repairing sidewalks, fences and eaves- troughs, shingling and painting roofs, building stairs, digging gardens and helping people to move. Any senior citizens who re- quire such services may con- tact the group through the Golden Mile Sanior Citizens Centre at 327-5333. The project's purpose is also o provide company for the eld rly, and It seems the students md that no problem. "They are very kind and so ippreclative of anything we do or them. They are wonderfu people to work for and to talk o." Bud estimated that the six lave completed worth of abor since beginning work May Their project continues Sept. I. Their work doesn't end witn ust the completion of a job The group makes arrangements whenever possible for young high school students to continu I type of assistance is very much pie we can't help because they "One bank manager In ths little unless there is a change in teaching methods. While there are some very notable exceptions, states the report, university teaching methods, particularly in under- graduate studies, are disagree- ably uniform and tedious. "The ill-fitting, tweedy meth- ods of academia are highly re- sistant to all new tailors. Some sharp needles will be required.' Bells ring tonight The Wesley Bell Hingers con cert begins at tonight in S t. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1818 5th Ave. S. The 20 high school students operate 88 precision-tuner handbells in more than 50 con certs a year. They are appear ing in Lethbridge as part o their seventh annual concer tour. The program contains hot! sacred and secular music There is no charge, a free wil offering will be taken. maintenance work on a part ime basis in the homes at minimal charge to the pension era. "As it looks right now, this said Denny. "We are c [oing to apply Jor a Local Ini-atives Program grant to see 1 lal it will be continued. "The pensioners would like to see a legislative change in the cost of materials for senior citizens. f "We're working on the basis of free labor, with tlie pensioners providing the necessary materials, But some of the even afford to buy those. "Advance Lumber Co. Lid, as been helping the involved in our project by roviding them with materials it a discount." The group's main problem so ar is that there hasn't been my money coming in. The six lave been .vorking for a month since the date when the grant vas to have has been very helpful in extending us an emergency can." Tiic project organizers spoke Monday to Kent Jesperson, executive assistant to the federal minister of agricullure, In a Herald telephone interview from Ottawa. Mr. Jcsperson said he "couldn't understand it" and promised to look Into the matter. Family-o planned An outdoor arts and crafts workship sponsored by the Alberta Government, department of culture, youth and recreation, will be held at for wee reek Provincial Park, aporox-mately 11 miles west of Stave-y, Friday to Sunday. Max Gibb, local government ecrealional consultant, said the workshop is a first for outhera Alberta. Some 20 instructors will be caching programs dealing ith primitive pottery, weav-ng, photography, batik, teen nd children's arts and crafts, >ainting, textile printing, soft eather works, creative drama and macrame. There is no charge for this vorkshop, but everyone taking art is required to register. A egistrstion booth will be set up at the entrance to the park. Families are especially invited. Children's arts and crafls programs are being offered from ages four and up. These sessions will run dur-ng the hours of adult and teen Jrograms. Parents are responsible for all meals and supervision. Accommodation may be kend he form of a tent or a frailer. Everyone must supply their own food. There is no store at lie site providing grocery terns. All materials and equipment for craft sessions will be available at the site. The only exceplions are ir the areas of photography and painting. Painters arc asked to bring sketch books, easels and three or four canvases. Photographers must bring film, light meters, and cameras. Registration and setting up camp will begin F r i d a j from 4 p.m. to p.m. The first session will star at 9 a.m. Saturday. It wil last until noon. The afternoor session will begin at 2 p.m. anc last until 5 p.m. Sunday will be the last day so besides the morning ant afternoon craft sessions, tier will be a general clean up. Anyone who rashes to regtsi ter or obtain additional ihfor mation may contact Mr. Gibb a 515 7th St. S. or phone 328-9686 Singers' farewell tonight The Anne Campbell Tour Singers' farewell concert begins tonight at 8 in the Yales Memorial Centre. People's Choice includes the numbers to be sung in tho Wales international competition, as well as Canadian selections for European concert programs. In the audience will have a chance to request favorite songs from the singers' repertoire, and also to donate whatever they wish to go towards lour expenses. The group leaves Monday tot a concert tour of Alberta police chiefs9 meet Controversial issues such as closure of the Magrath detach- ment of the RCMP and a peti- tion from that community to bring back capital punishment could be among topics discuss- ed by Attorney-General Merv Leitch, senior members of the police forces of the four major Alberta cities and senior mem- bers of the RCMP. The meeting, planned for Wednesday and Thursday in Edmonton, will be the first of its kind for the new attorney- general. Lethbridge Police C hi e f Ralph Michelson will represent the city police for the two-day meeting. A spokesman for the south- ern Alberta detachment of the RCMP told The Herald his of- fice had not been informed of the meeting and no one from the subdivision would be at- tending. More ECONOMICAL for you. Better for ECOLOGY. Glass recycles. That's why! If s the real thing. Coke. vt ntVmllnd< mull Hinfift ufoUii Ccu-bti LM. In a telephone Interview tills morning Mr. Leitch told Tlie ferald "the meeting had been ailed only fora fact-finding athering." "I hope the meeting will al ow me to gather information n a first-hand basis, abou olicing problems in lie said. The Herald has also learnei he attorney-general has tenta ively scheduled a meeting fo ate July with the mayor anc oncenied citizens in Magrat' o discuss both the detachmen losing and the problems :apital punishment. The attorney-general's offic received a petition concernin apital punishment following ilaying in Magrath last fal lie person accused of the mur der was later committed to mental hospital. 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