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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta r, Jun. THI UTKMID6! HERAID S Ontario separate schoo s threatened? rpORONTO The Davis gov- A ernmcnt has brought in a quiet little amendment to the school laws which seems likely to make Ontario's separate school system a lot less "sep- arate" over the next several years. The amendment will permit, for the first time, what in ef- fect will be joint or shared schools that is, a Bom an Catholic separate school and a non denominational public school under the same roof and the same school board. Separate school supporters are taking this development, which has been in the works for some time, with remarkable equanimity, considering that population trends indicate the joint schools, more often than not, will be public schools oper- ated by public school boards but [nil of separate school pu- pils. Under Ontario law, Roman Catholics have a constitutional right to elect separate school boards and every child of a separate school taxpayer has the right to attend a separate school at the expense of the board. But they are being subt- ly pressured by the department of education to forget this right in order to fill up the emptying public schools. The post-war population ex- plosion in the province's pub- lic schools is now over and en- rolments at the elementary level are actually declining. Last September, for example, pupils enrolled in the public schools against a year earlier. Empty spaces and empty classrooms are showing up in the public schools. But separate school enrol- ments are continuing to in- crease, largely as a result of immigration from Catholic countries. Last September, pupils enrolled in the separate schools, compared with a year before. Sep- arate school boards are as short of new schools and school additions as they have ever been, especially hi the urban centres where the immigrants have settled. But the department of edu- cation has been sitting on many applications for approval to build more separate schools. The Metropolitan separate school board, for example, sub- mitted 13 applications last Oc- tober; three have been ap- proved and three more are likely to be, leaving seven in limbo. Instead, the department is urging the separate boards at every turn to get together with the public boards and share facilities. Up to now, "sharing" has been limited by legislation to agreements whereby one school board may provide another with administrative accommo- dation, teachers, and infra- structure such as busing, com- out NEA service j-'HALK up the first counter- revolution in response to the so-called sexual revolution. The "singles only" apartment movement which boomed in the late '60s is a bust now. A few years ago apartment developers discovered a lucra- tive new market in restricting buildings to unmarried adidls, mainly of the young, fancy- free, "swinging singles" kind. Some buildings were so popu- lar that applicants scrambled to get on year-long waiting lists. But now the fancy seems to have passed, reports Business Week. The waiting lists have shrunk, the appeal is gone and developers are quietly slipping out of the singles-only business and converting to "adult-only" married adults, that is. Fewer of today's young peo- ple are attracted by manage- ment engineered boy-girl en- counters in laundry rooms and an tennis courts, says the magazine. Besides, the postwar baby boom is over and there are statistically fewer young people, swinging or otherwise. It may also be another case of nothing succeeding like suc- cess. Presumably some of those couples now seeking quiet, family type apartment buildings first met in (he 'swinging singles' environ- ment. By Harold in The Winnipeg pulers, etc. The separate boards have also been .allowed to buy education from public boards in the case of courses not available in the separate schools. The present amendment will extend this sharing to "accom- modation for instructional pur- poses" that is, classrooms, libraries, gymnasia, shops, etc. This opens up endless possibili- ties for merging the two school systems while maintaining tho legal structure of separation. Under the old law, sharing could get pretty tortuous. Ap-' proval has recently been given, for example, for the sale of Firgrove public school in North York to the separate schuol board because Firgrove, built last year to accommodate BUD pupils, received only 125 while Catholic "portables" across the street were jammed with 450. Tiie Catholic pupils will nmv move into Firgrove -and the public school board will build o new wing, separated by a breezeway, for its enrolment. Cert-ain services will be shared, but the establishment will have two principals, two boards and two identities. Tlus bifurcation will be vir- tually invisible when tlie new law takes effect. The question arises, however, whether it will be pushed to the point of recog- nizing the rights of separate school supporters in name only. Thus the Earlscourt area of west-central Toronto is 83 per cent Italian and 90 per cent Roman Catholic. It has four separate schools, all of them filled to overflowing. It has six public schools, with enrolments ranging from 64 to 89 per cent Catholic. Last year, the priest of the largest Roman Catholic church started a campaign to transfer tax assessments from public to separate school sup- port and in no time had 291 transfers in hand, as a result of which a demand for another separate school by September of this year was made. The normal solution would be for the public school board sim- ply to sell one of its schooltj already populated by Catholics, to the separate school hoard. Instead, the two boards, under pressure from the department and in anticipation of legisla- tive change, have agreed to work out mutually acceptable terms for the provision by the public board of accommodation for separate school pupils in one of its public schools. In effect, the school will remain a public school but will be used largely for separate school pur- poses. It appears that those who have transferred their tax sup- port will pay taxes to the sep- arate board, which will then reimburse the public hoard for the use of the school. Integration along this line, it can be fairly said, will have the support of non-Catholic pub- lic opinion: How to get the sep- arate schools to wither away, or disappear in some kind of assimilation, is one of the un- spoken fundamentals of Ontar- io Protestant politics. is surprising is the acquiescence of the Catholic educational community. Carl Matthews, the Jesuit priest who is the leading expert on the separate school ques- tion, has written bitterly in the Catholic Register: "Why resort to abolition by attrition when abolition by merger is quiet- But Father Matthews ap- pears to be a solitary voice crying in tho wilderness. The government, of course, is may be precisely the problem. When Education Minister Tom Wells was extolling the virtues of the new system to the press, he confirmed that the government has made no complementary changes in the school grant structure, which now pays pub- lic boards considerably more for pupils in grades 9 and 10 than the separate boards re- ceive. How then, a reporter asked, will the separate boards (which are able to provide only a limited curriculum for these grades) be able financially to "share" the superior facilities of the public boards in respect of 9 and 10 if they can't pay for Well, Mr. Wells offered, the Catholic students in grades 9 and 10 can always transfer from the separate to the public system. Characteristically, he didn't seem to realize what he was saying. Our members view the university Cure could sink us Don Oakley, NEA service ecological cure can sometimes, be worse than the disease. A graphic illustration is what happened in Suffolk County, N.Y., last year. To prevent an outbreak of gypsy moths, offi- cials wanted to apply two pounds of S e vi n, a substitute for DT, per acre. But antipes- ticide groups blocked its use. Later, when the tree cater- pillars were everywhere, an iralo public caused the county to undertake a spray program. By then, however, it was ne- cessary to use 10 to 20 pounds ol Sevin per acre, much of the gypsy moth damage had been done and control of the insect was unsatisfactory. And, according to C o r n e 11 University pesticide expert Dr. James E. Dewey, the environ- mental impact of 10 to 20 pounds of the chemical per acre was far greater than just five or 10 times the impact of two pounds. tf you have something that has to be shipped, this man is after your business. It seems, he says, a poor way to r e d u c e the effect of pesti- cides on the environment. In another area, there is no question that run-off of agricul- tural fertilizers contributes to pollution of water supplies. Here again, the obvious solu- tion is to stop or drastically curtail the use of fertilizers. Not so, says Frank Viets Jr., chief soil scientist for the U.S. Depart m e n t of Agriculture's soil and water conservation laboratory at Fort Collins, Colo. Restricting fertilizer use so that we would have to expand our cropland base would be a national disaster, he warns. Instead, he says, farmers should use more, not less, fer- tilizer on their best fields to realize top yields. That way they can concentrate on land that is least subject to erosion end retire poorer land to less intensive use. He points out that the great strides made in erosion control and in increased agricultural productivity during the past 20 years have let farmers retire more than 50 million acres to grass or less intensive use. He predicts that by further inten- sifying agriculture, they can retire another 20 million acres. But the call for drastic cures and a return to a simpler, more "natural" life goes on. Americans have simply got to stop consuming and pollut- ing, says geneticist Dr. H. Rus- sel Hulett of Stanford Medical School. Conservation education must be conducted so intensely that it produces almost a 'reli- gious conversion" in students, he urges. As an example of a target for tliis 'religious" zeal, since fos- sil fuels are the base of our consumption and our pollution, he recommends continued pressure for repeal ol the oil depletion allowance. This would as effectively end the drilling of oil as an out- right prohibition. Fuel prices would skyrocket, people might freeze in the winter, the auto- mobile industry could collapse and hundreds of thousands be thrown out of work but at least there would be no pollu- tion and Americans wouldn't be wasting oil any more. Obviously, there are limits lo our fossil fuels, our minerals, our land and water and air. We must eventually develop more permanent sources of energy, such as solar or atomic energy, and recycle all our natural re- sources in a rational system. But only technology can pro- vide us with the means where- by we can do this, and at pres- ent our and hence our technology is geared to wasteful consumption. Stopping the machine of technology will not preserve the future. It will simply fore- close it. 'Crazy Capers' He'sTrevJonesandhe'sCPRaiPs DistrictManagerinyourarca Backed by the full resources of fresh meats, bulk CP Rail, Trev is in a unique position to help you with your problems and to team can help you. Call him soon, provide fast, efficient, on-the-spot Call Trev Jones at 328-3373, Lethbridge. Hewantstogotoworkforyou. CP K3 Rail IF YOU WONDER why our post secon- dary education institutions are in tur- moil these days, a few clues have come to light recently. One of the more illumina- ting, which appeared in this newspaper last week, is a report on how M.L.A.'s in "our" district responded when asked what they were prepared to do about the cial problems of the local University. According to this report, the collective response amounted to "Not a cottonpickin' There were variations on tho theme, ot course, but the overall responscl was clearly that the University can eink or swim, if it is up to our local represen- tatives. Fair enough. A man is entitled to his point of view, and these men especially should speak their minds. And as for their patently negative feelings, if I correctly assess the Loyal Opposition, (to say notto- ming ol the individuals this can do Uie University no harm. So up to this point, I can't quarrel with' our elected representatives with respect to the future of the University. But a ioupte of them felt moved to say something "cort- and suggested that the solution to the University's problems is a vigorous program of recruiting. Recruiting, for- sooth! Now I know It would be wrong to dis- miss these fine men as a bunch of ig- norant twits, and I mustn't do it. It's de- pressing though, to find that the very pea- pie we empower to make important de- cisions are totally clueless where Univer- sities are concerned. Recruiting, in this context, means per- suading, inducing, charming or coaxing cajoling more students to attend Unlver- rathcr than another. Alternatively it means cajoling more sudents to attend Univer- sity than normally would. This, if we can judge by what is done, elsewhere, means a massive advertising program, posters, brochures, visits to high schools, visits by prospects to the tion, and so forth, all at considerable ex- pense. If such a campaign were to have the slightest success, the other Universi- ties would immediately increase their own recruiting efforts, in order to hold their own. What would ensue is as obvious as ft is inevitable. Can you imagine anything stupider than the Universities spending more and more ot their diminishing bud- gets in a ridiculous game to decide noth- ing except which institution a-student will attend? The other getting students to attend who otherwise wouldn't, is even worse, if you agree that immorality is more culpable than stupidity. Hustling un- interested or uncertain kids into anything as far-reaching and expensive as attending University has some pretty clear moral implications, in my view. But that, gentle reader, Is what your elected representatives say should be done Is it any wonder higher education is in trouble On the use of words Theodore Bernstein CHOW-OFF TERM. Much writing these days shows a marked tendency by the scribes to try to appear technical or learned by using fancy phrases, and one of them is in terms ol. Thus, we get a sentence that reads, "The Governor is thinking in terms of voter when all the writer means is that the Governor is thinking about or of voter appeal. Prop- erly used, the phrase signifies a transla- tion from one kind of language to another. For example: "He is past 70, hut is young in terms ol his thinking." Even there, though the phrase Is used appropriately. It could be dropped in favor of "in his thinking." In most instances a simple prep- osition (about, of, concerning) or a simple phrase (with respect to, In the matter ot> can be substituted for In terms of with no loss except of pretension. Not simple addition. A common error is Illustrated in the following sentence: "The Jones company, together with other manu- facturers of plastic widgets, have been try- ing to reach an agreement vflth the union." The phrase together with does not add to the grammatical subject; It simply desig- nates something that accompanies it. .Hence, the verb should be singular: has. Other words that function this way are >9 well BS, in addition to, Including, with and plus. They may have the sense of and, but they don't have the same gram- matical effect; they either are or serve as prepositions. To take a simple and clear example, surely you v.ouldn't say, "His salary, including all extras, are ?200 a week." Let's hope not. "I" and "me" phobias. Some people are terrified at the thought of using I in cer- tain constructions either they think it is over-refined and therefore wrong or because their friends never use it. They are the ones who say, "Joe and went to the ball game." Other people some- times fearful of using me because they think it sounds illiterate. They are the ones who say, "Between you and I it was a lousy ball game." A reader who obviously belongs to tha first group said he began a letter, "My wife and me want to thank you for Inviting us to but his wife said to tear It up because it was incorrect. Who was right? he asked. Obviously the wife was right. If he had left her out of tha sentence undoubtedly he wouldn't have dreamed ot writing, "Me wants to thank you." The grammatical subject of a sentence Is the who or the what that the rest of the sen- tence is talking about. And the subject is always In the subjective (nominative) case. I is the subjective case; roe is the objective case. Therefore, "I want to thank and "My wife and I want to thank you." The object of the action or thought con- veyed by the verb of a sentence is in the objective case: "He hit "I like her." Also in the objective case is the object ot a preposition, (Prepositions are mere func- tion words suchxas among-'jetween, of, for, into, to, within, wliich usually relate the words they govern to some other part of the sentence, ES, for example, "He fell into the Therefore, using the cbjsc- live case for the word governed by a prep- osition, you get, "Her note aroused a feel- ing of warmth him" or "Between you and me, it was a lousy ball game." (New York Times) This time parents Hamilton Spectator He's not praying he's saying Grace! WHEN NINE students in a separate school in Argils c'ld not complete a class assignment, Principal Tony Pilon strapped them. Simcoe County School Board then de- moted llr Pilon and replaced him. Parents of 200 students consider the strapping justi- fied and they have boycotted the school. Can it be that we have reached a turn- about from sentimentalism to common sense? In recent times many parents, view- Ing tha results of the Dr. Spock philosophy, have had reason to do some grave thinking of their own. Permissiveness and senti- mentalism are no subsitutes for firmness and discipline. Being a parent is the most responsible and toughest job there is in the world and it is not helped by fancy aca- demic theories copied from books. A lot of parents have become anxious about the lack of discipline in many schools where teachers have to tolerate the insol- ence of louts because there is nothing that can be done about it. There are few things more frustrating than to have responsibility without author- ity. And that is the situation in which many teachers find themselves. They are expect- ed to maintain discipline and instil it solely by the exercise of some special kind of personal magnetism. Anyone who believes that this alone is workable must surely look at the results of the system. The majority ot people win respond to an atmosphere is ordsr'y it has a purpose like that in a classrcom. But there is and probably has teen since the beginning of time a minority thrt looks upon all order with contempt. What is to Ira done with students of this sort? After proper warning, there must b3 disc- ipline and it must come directly from the person who is responsible for the instruc- tion of the student. For it to he effective, the authority of that person must not he undermined. The trouble with the sentimentalists who oppose the use of the strap is first that they exaggerate its use and effects and make it appear like a reversion to med- fevil torture and second, they are vague about what should be done to maintain dis- cipline without it, which is a form of intel- lectual dishonesty. The parents of the 200 students in Angus are, by their actions, making a collective statement. They are obviously sick and fed up with permissiveness and they want the schools to fulfill their liistoric function as one of the places where the young learn order and discipline to equip them, to live in an orderly society. And, incidentally, they ase underlining the inescapable fact that Principal Tony Pilon must be a very popular man Indeed. In any event, it is a healthy sign, and one which sensible people have long been ;