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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuttdoy, May 23, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Terry A vision of an idea education system Anctil Is a siiulent at Winston Churchill High School In Lcllihi-ldRc. The following article is part of a paper which slip prepared for tlic Religious Studies 15 class. AN educational system should not be a system, sep- arate and devoid from every other system of life. It should create a process of learning that never ceases and is always fed by life. Acquiring knowledge and learning should be as nat- ural a necessity as is eating or sleeping. Education should be- gin the process that will create learned people and encourage them to arrive at the highest potential of their learning ca- pability (which needless to say, would only be achieved at their Education should lay I ha ground work for lifetime study. Its goals should NOT be to show people how to make their way in the world by means of a lew simple rules based on adapta- lion and propriety (something like a game victory being based on the right moves and the failure of the Education should blow open the doors of the world; its object be- ing to create a curiosity so strong that every person will contain a hunger for discovery and truth. It should make ev- ery man and woman a teacher and sharer of what they do know, and a learner and stu- dent of what they do not know. Education should glorify tho highest development of tho spirit-mind-life, and place mate- riality in ils proper perspective by the demonstration that man is" a spirit with a body, as the earth with all its riches and man-created possessions is only a body that serves a purposo and must never become THE purpose. Education should be based on the principle that though most people will eventually become specialists in one phase of life, they should always be curious generalises in all others. Education must place people on the path of fulfilling the high- est good within themselves; it Control emotions for health lyfOSCOW Ths Yakuts, a people living in the far east of the Soviet Union, eat. much fatty food, but according to the Russian heart specialist, Professor Evgeny Chazov, they suffer far less artcrio-sclerosis than Russians and Ukrainians living in the same region. From this the professor con- cludes that there is no case lor condemning wholesale the food habits of peoples which do not conform to the dietary habits of medically educated coun- tries. Professor Chazov, who is deputy minister of health for the U.S.S.R., accents that the human body develops its own protective measures against such diets, but he attaches great importance to the nerve factor in causing heart dis- eases, and argues that, we have civilized ourselves out of one useful cure. In the barbaric old rl.iys sit- uations of tinman cfn.-s, found By Don Oakley, NBA service expression in physical counter- action: a frightened man would run away or fight to defend himself. Both actions relaxed the nervous system. But now society requires that we sup- press such crude reactions, and this leaves a mark on the or- ganism. Still, the professor has a rem- edy. A "good upbringing" he declares, "will enable us to con- trol our emotions correctly. The spirit of comradeship, re- spect for people one associates with, love of work, a cheerful and optimistic world outlook and moral stability all these are not only tasks for develop- ing a Communist relationship between people, but also an earnest of a healthy genera- tion." Tt. sounds curiously like the homily Victorian fathers might have been giving their children in capitalistic Britain while Karl Marx, at the British Mu- seum, was sweating out his thesis that the main thing the capitalistic system contained within itself was the seeds of its own decay. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) So They Say Civil disobedience is a lux- ury and now is the time to pay the luxury tax. Allison, attorney in Kent, Ohio, advising arrest- ed K e n t Stale antiwar dem- onstrators to plead "no con- test" to trespassing charges. When I talk with my friends in the army, they often say they are fed up with the war. I am fed up with it, too, but I am only a soldier who must follow ord'ers. I have no choice. Hoang Van Nhi, 32. a six year veteran in tho North Vietnamese Army, captured in the recent offen- sive. must teach initiative and dishon< or competition and mass-mind- cdness. It must help to flower love, unity, and sharing between all people. It musl be aimed at the development of the spirit Above ail, education musl pre- serve the individual. It must es- tablish in every person the right and the necessity to question everything, from the leu com- mandments to the way people build houses and raise chil- dren. It must never pretend to be able to tell people what to do or what is good for them. H should create people who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. By respecting the" individual, education must lay the ground work for respect and reverence of all people. It must create people who will work for the greatest good of all mankind and thus the greatest good within themselves. The end achievement must bo curicus, inlcrcsiod, dynamic people, who know how to work and how to love each other and live life. Education must at least lay the structures that will bo built" on throughout life. AN IDEAL SYSTEM Firsl, the school. The school would consist of a building that would contain people of all ages. There would be huge art, dra- ma, and music rooms, with ev- ery lype of musical instrument, and records of the music of man from earliest times to the pres- ent. Movie projectors would be available for viewing films and also movie cameras for the making of films. A large li- brary would contain all the clas- sics of world lileralure, the ma- jor writings of all religions, the major writings of the East and West, and of course much of modern day world literature. The school would be opeu all year round and be open to all people. Visitors from different, countries or parts of the coun- try would be welcomed. 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TABER Kenwciy Toyota Box 1008 Tel. 223.3434 ami cooking rooms; it's object being to (rain the body as well as I he mind. There would he a huge dance room for the learn- ing of various folk dances, Ilio holding of concerts and the hav- ing of social gatherings. Class- r o o in s would he scattered throughout the school, with many informal meeting rooms, and also benches throughout the halls so people could meet and talk. Second, the learning process. It will be much easier to tell ol this by tracing the movement of one person (for my purposes I will label him John) throughout the school. John comes to the school when be is five. His par- ents have brought him. because on earlier visits he appeared to like it. He has also learned the alphabet and how to print his name and certain other simple words along with a beginning knowledge of counting. (Parents should be. and arc, more so t'ian many CL them realix.e, their children's first teachers; and they should, when the child is ready, leach him these things.) John and Ills parents will then meet Boh, a 17-year-old who has said that lie would like to teach John spelling, reading, and printing for as long as John wishes every morning. This is satisfactory, as is f o u n d after the first lesson. John and Bob then proceed to the art room where John meets Susan the art teacher, who talks to John and asks if he wouid like some paints. The room is full of people who talk to John and show him their art work. If he wishes he may stay and paint. As soon as he is tired of paint- ing, Susan brings him to Tim who is taking a small number of people on a science trip. John goes along, running around ths field with Tim as he explains why some grasshoppers c3'-'t fly. They arrive back at the school, and John says he wauls to go home. His parents are phoned and Johji is taken home. Soon be will learn to come and leave the school as he pleases. From this time on, John will he able (o engage in arts and crafts, he will be encouraged to wrile things himself and tapo them, he can take up a musi- cal instrument, he will learn to read and write and will bo taught another language. He will eventually he part, of a class that works together, but he will progress at his own rate and will be taught only what ho wishes to learn. (I am making the assumption tliat it is human nature to w'ant to create and learn under favorable circum- stances.) He will be encouraged to question everything that is taught to him. -A- As Jolin progresses in his own way he will be exposed to more and more facets of learning as his curiosity and interest dic- tate. He will be surrounded by talk of things he understands and of tilings he does not under- stand. And lie will be talked to and will talk himself. He will be surrounded by people who read and will read himself. He will have access to people and books on everything from astrol- ogy to history. His teachers will be spiritual people, who live by what they teach. (Cannot the science teacher demonstrate or- der in (he universe; the mathe- matics teacher, coherence in an infinite system; the art teacher, beauty in form: the language teacher, heart and emotion in words, When Jolin desires, be may leave the school to become a specialist in a particular field. During all the time be was at the school he was never exam- ined, r.ever graded, nor ever forced to learn what he did not wish to learn. He came and left only when lie pleased. He could have learned to meditate or build a car, be was given the freedom to become what lie wished. Can this educational system be brought about? It is so much easier to speak of the end. than of bow the end will be achieved. People who lovo knowledge and understanding will not be easily put into occupations that re- quire, mass-minded ness and the drudgery of monotonous repeti- tion. This is a system designed for a world thai will largely he freo of the constant need to work for survival. 11 is for people who will discover lhat it is not no- rcssary In work at one occupa- tion .'ill through a lifetime, that i! is possible ID change oecupa- lions every month and still keep eventhing running smoothly in sock'U. It is for people lhat .TIT. too interested in learning ami life hi CVIT ron.Mder making nne job I he ilirUilnr of I heir ,lnhs, not lie done specifically to earn a In ing, but because people, are interested m experiencing ns much as pos- sible, while doing something un- selfishly, that must be done. In this everyone will be. able to tin ;uul unrk on almost everything al. one time or another. HDOT Chester Romiiiig's Vlarfe post3 By Joe Ma CHESTER ROXMN'G, distinguished Canadian diplomat who was honored by the University of Lethbridge recently was also a MLA for the Camrose con- stituency from 1932 to 193D. One of nis favorite stories is how lie defeated his opponents on the strength of Chinese milk. One day, one of his supporters came to him and said there was a whisper cam- paign about him. "What? They have found out something about my dark past" Dr. Ronning asked. "Yes. They say you were born in China and raised on the milk of a Chinese woman." "That's perfectly true. I was born In China and in China the children are raised on brecst milk. -My mother was sick and if it were not for the kind Chinese woman who provided me with the milk, T would not have been here for the election to- day. What's wrong with "Well, they say since you were raised on Chinese milk, you are partly Cliinese." "Ilmmmm. So I am partly Chinese. Why don't you help me start another whisper campaign? If my drinking Chinese milk makes me partly Chinese, then I have bet- ter qualifications than my opponents." "Well, the only conclusive evidence I have about my opponents is that they were raised on cow's milk." On the use of ,vords Theodore Bernstein Only some youths have use for this one: rip off. Without a hyphen it's a verb phrase; with a hyphen it's a noun. To rip off is to steal. For many users, however, it means to steal in a peculiar way. It involves what the steal- er considers legitimate larceny that is, stealing from some part or person of the which the wrongdoer thinks owes him whatever it is he is steal- ing. If even-body indulged in that kind of thinking and made a habit of ripping oft, the sum of the rip-oils would amount to anarchy. Maybe that's what the off-rippers have in mind. Strike out that word mind; make it view. Comprise, Include. Often misused, com- prise means to contain, embrace, compre- hend. The whole comprises the part, but not vice versa. Thus, it is proper to say, "The symphony comprises four move- but it is not proper to say, "Four movements comprise the symphony." You would have to say that four movements constitute, compose, torm or make up the symphony. Shun also comprised of. Comprise and include are synonyms, but there is a slight difference. Include nor- mally suggests that the component items are not being mentioned in their entirety Blitzville baseball team includes five high school whereas comprise normally suggests that all the component items are being mentioned Blitzville baseball team comprises six right handed batters and three left handed In this sense comprise is rarely misused. Include, however, is often employed when all the items are being mentioned, but it is better not to use it that way. the office two armed persons, one of whose face was sliiclded by a brown scarf." The construction is so clumsy as to border on ludicrousness. But you can imagine what went through the writer's mind: Should it be faces or face? Well, he thought, it couldn't be faces because only one face is involved. But ta should have gone further and asked himself, Would you say, "One of the men's face was shielded by a brown Obviously not. Then he should have gone still further and told himself, If I have this much trouble figur- ing the darned thing out, there must be something wrong. Next he should have remedied the wrong by reconstructing the sentence. It could have been done this way: two armed persons, one of whom had his face shielded by a brown scarf." The moral of all this is. if you find yourself about to walk into a booby tnip, back o'Jt and try another path. Orient, orientate. These words mean the same thing: to get into a proper position with respect to circumstances or surround- ings, course is designed to orient students to the program of the "He spent his first day in New Y'ork trying to orient himself to his new However, the desire to sound impressive that is inherent in officialese and peda- goguese causes an undue preference to be given to orientate, the longer, more im- portant-sounding word. If you wish to sound important, use orientate, but if you favor simple, precise expression, use orient. Word oddities. Probably the only peo- ple in the world who think that infants are unspeakable are etymologists. And ac- cording to their lights they arc right. The word infant derives from the Latin Infans. which comes from in- (not) and fan (to Since the tot begins to speak after about a year or a year and a half, it probably should not be called an infant after that. But it often is. Maybe that's where we all come by the idea of pre- tending to be younger than we are. Language torture. A news story in an otherwise pretty well-edited paper contain- ed this sentence: "Mr. Napier admitted to Word oddities. The verb purport, mean- ing roughly to give the appearance of, is peculiar in two respects. One is that al- though it is nominally a transitive verb, it cannot be used in the passive voice. You can write, "The so-called 'Chile pa- which purport to come from the files of the ITT, have proved a political wind- fall for President but you should not write, "The so-called 'Chile papers' which are purported to come from the files, etc." The reason for not using it in the passive is tliat the sense of the word is already to "are sup- posed to be" or "are alleged to be." The second peculiarity is that the subject of the verb must never be a person: You should not write, "A columnist purported the papers to come from the files of ths ITT." A peculiar word, indeed. (The New York Times) JIM F1SHBOURNE Just minor league stuff of you who read the upper-level pundits, whose musings and pontifica- tions adorn the inner pages, probably will have read all you can stomach concerning the latest lunacies in Vietnam, but you might, be able to stand a comment or two about another theatre, that in which India and Pakistan conduct their never-ending battle over Kashmir. A recent Associated Press article about the latest well, until next time border skirmish provides a little more evidence (as if any were need- ed) of just how far into cloud cuckoo land we have allowed ourselves to drift. In this report, which was given front- page prominence in each of the foiir daily papers I see fairly regularly, (he belligcr- ants wore headlined as being abou! discussing and v.ere