Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Terry Anclil Tueidoy, May 23, 1972 THE LETHB5IDGE HERAID 5 A vision of an idea education system Terry Anctil Is n student nt Winston Churchill High School In Lcllibiillgc. Tlic following article is of a iiajici1 wh'i'li slip prepared for Hie Religious Sluilics class. A N educational system .should not be a system, sep- arate and devoid from every other system of lite. It should create a process of learning that never ceases find is always fed by life. Acquiring knowledge and should be as nat- ural a necessity as is eating or sleeping. Education should lie- gin the process that will create learned people and encourage Uiem to arrive at the highest potential of their learning ca- pability (which needless lo say, would only be achieved at their Education should 1 a y tho ground work for lifetime study. Its goals should NOT be lo show people how to make their way in the world by means of a lew simple rides based on adapta- tion and propriety (something like a game victory being based on the right moves ancl the failure of the Education should blow open the doors of the 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 its proper per.spcc'Uvo by the demonstration that man is a spirit with a body, as the earth with all its riches and man-crcalcd possessions is only PL body thai serves a punxiso 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 generalisLs in all others. Education must place people on tlie path of fulfilling the high- est good within themselves; it Control emotions for health Tl.TOSCOW The a people living in the far east of the Soviet Union, eat much fatty food, but according to the Russian hcarl specialist, Professor Evgeny Chazov. they suffer far less arterio-sclcroMS Uian Russians and Ukrainians living in the same region. From this the professor con- cludes that there is no case for 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.n., accents that the human body develops its own protective measures against such diets, but he attaches great importance to Ihe nerve factor in causing heart dis- eases, and argues that we have civilized ourselves out of one useful cure. In the bnrb.ii ir r.ld dnys sit- uations of llHPVfn 'Ir'.-., By Don Oakloy, 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" ho declares, "will enable us lo con- trol our emotions correctly. The spirit o[ comradeship, re- spect 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." It 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 Die 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 lui- ury and now is the time lo 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" lo 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 orders. I have no choice. lloang Vaji Mii, 32. a six year veteran in Ibfl North Vietnamese Army, captured in the recent offen- sive. must teacli initiative and dishon- or compelillon and mass-mind- edness. It must help lo flower love, unity, and sharing between nil people. It lie aimed at Ihc development of spirit. Above all, education must pre- serve the individual. It must es- tablish in every person the right and the necessity to riueslion everything, from the ten com- mandments lo the way people build houses and raise chil- dren. It must never prelend lo be able to tell people what to do or what is good for them H .should create people wlio know what they are doing and why l.'iey 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 (lie greatest good within themselves. The end achievement musl bo cirrous, dj-iiamic people, who know how to work and how to love each other and live life. Education musl at least lay the structures that will be built on throughout life. .AN IDEAL SYSTEM First, 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 type of musical inslrumenl, 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 Ihe making of films. A large li- brary would contain all the clas- sics of world literature, 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 open all rear round and be opon lo all people. Visitors from different countries or parts of the coun- try would be welcomed. 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Box 299 Tel. 647-3838, 647-3939 TABER Kenway Toyota Box 1008 Trl. 223-34.14 anil cooking rooms; it's olijec-t Iwing to I rain the body as well as Ihe mind. There would he a huge danec room lor Ihe learn- of various folk dances, Iho holding of concerts and the hav- ing of social gatherings. Class- r o o in s would lie scattered throughout the school, w'ith many informal meeting rooms, and also benches throughout the halls so people could meet and talk. Second, the learning process. II will be much easier lo tell of this by tracing the movement of one person (for my purposes I will label him John) throughout the school. John comes to Ihe school when he is five Jlis par- culs have brought him. because on earlier visits he appeared to like il. lie has also learned the alphabet and how to print his name and certain oilier simple words along wilh a beginning knowledge of counting. (Parents .s ]j rj n 1 (1 be. and are, so t'ian many r.f llicni realize, their children's first leathers: and they should, when the child is ready, teach him Ihese John and his parcnls will then meet Bob. a 17-y-ear-old who has said that he would like Lo teach John spelling, reading, and printing for as long as John wishes e'rery morning. This is satisfaclory, as is f o 11 n d after the first lesson. John and Cob then proceed to the ail room where John meets Susan Hie art teacher, who talks to John and asks if he would like some paints. The- room is full of people who talk to John and show him their art work. If he wishes lie may stay and paint. As soon as he is tired of paint- ing, Susan brings him lo Tim who is laking a small number of people on z science trip. John goes alonq, running around ths field with Tim as he explains why irvasshoppers fly. They arrive back at the school, and John s.v s he wants to go home His parents are phoned and John is taken home. Soon he will learn lo come and leave the school as be pleases. From til's time on, he able lo engage in arts and crafts, he will be encouraged lo wrile tilings himself and tapo them, he can take up a musi- cal instrument, he will learn to read and write and will bo taught another languape. He will eventually be part, nf a class that works bu( he will progress a( his own rate and will be taught only what ho wishes to learn. (I am making the assumption Uiat it is human nature lo want to create and learn under favorable circum- stances.) He will lie encouraged to question everything that is taught to him. -4- As John progresses in his own wav he will be exposed to mora and mure facets of learning as his curiosity and interest dic- tate, lie will be surrounded by talk of things he understands and of things he does not under- stand. And he will be talked to and will talk- himself. He will be surrounded by people who read and will read himself. He will nave access to people and books on everything from astrol- ogy to history. His teachers will be spiritual people, who live liy what they leach. (Cannot the science teacher demonstrate or- der in the universe; the mathe- rnalios teacher, coherence in an infinite system; the art teacher, b e a n I y in form: the language teacher, heart and emotion in words, Jolm desires, he may leave the school lo become a specialist in a particular field, miring all Ihe lime he was at the school he was never exam- ined, r.evor graded, nor forced to learn what ha did not wish lo learn. He came and left only when he pleased. He could have 1 c a r n e d to meditate or b u i 1 d a car, he was given the freedom lo become what he wished. Can this edm-alional syslem be. brought abonl'.' It is so mudi easier In speak of the end. than of how (lie end will he achieved. People who love knowledge and understanding will not be easily put inlo occupations that re- ouire mass-mindcdness and drudgery of monotonous repeti- tion. This is a system designed tor n world that will largely he free, of (fie conslant need lo work for .survival. II is for people who will discover Ihal il is nol ne- ccssary lo work al one occupa- tion all through a IhViime. that il i.s possible In chjinee on-upa- lion> every monih and keep nenlhing running smoothly in (.orii'lv. II is fur people Hint :m> 'ixi (jillg Hint life In ever i iinMiler making nni- job Iho dii'l.-jnr n( ihoir .lobs, will nol he donr sporifio.illy lo earn a living, but because people are inlcrcslcd in experiencing .is much as sihie, while doing .something un- i-olfislilv. Ihal musl bo done. In Ibis evoi-ynno be lo and work nn ovorvlhini; at one lime or auollioi'. .1 HOWL! Chester Ronning's 'dark By Joe CHESTER RO.YXIXG, dislinguishc Canadian diplomat who was honore ;uished diplomat vim was honored by the Univcrsily of Lelhbridge recently was also a MLA for the Camrosc con- stituency from WI2 to 1933. One of nis favorite stories is how he defeated his opponents on the strength of Chinese milk. One day, one of his supporters came to him and said there wts a whisper cam- paign about him. "What? They have found out someliung about my dark past Dr. Honning asked. "Yes. They say you were born in China and raised on the milk of a Chinese woman.1' "That's perfectly true. I was born ID China and in China the children are i-piscrl on bre.-.st milk. .My was sick ar.d 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 Chinese." "Ilmmmm. So I arn partly Chinese. V.'hy don't you help me start another whisper campaign? If my drinking Chinese milk makes me partly Chinese, then I have bet- ter qualifications Uian my opponents." "Well, the only conclusive evidence I have about my opponents is that they were raised on cow's milk." On th e use or ,voros 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, il means to steal in a peculiar way. It involves what (be steal- er considers legitimate larceny (hat 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 o[ thinking and made a habit of ripping off, the sum of the rip-olfs would amount lo anarchy. Maj'be that's what the off-rippers have in mind. Strike out that word muid; make it view. Comprise. Include. Often misused, com- prise means lo 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, forjn 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 entirely 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 LS 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 faee was sliiolded 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, be thought, it couldn't be faces because only one face is involved. Bui h? 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 bs something wrong. Next he should hava remedied the wrong by reconstructing lha sentence. II could have been done tliis way: two armed persons, one of whom had his face sliieldcd by a brown scarf." The moral of all this is. if you find yourself about to walk into a booby back o'jt and try anolher palli. Orient, orienlale. These words mean the same thing: to get into a proper position with respect lo circumstances or surround- ings. course is designed to orleni students lo the program of the "He spent his first day in New York trying to orient himself lo his new However, the desire to sound impressive that is inherent in officialese and peda- goguese causes an undue preference to be given lo orientate, the longer, more im- portant-sounding word. If you wish lo sound important, use orientate, but if you favor simple, precise expression, use orient. AVord oddities. Probably Ihe only peo- ple in the world who Uiink that infants are unspeakable are etymologists. And ac- cording lo their lights they arc right. The word infant derives from the Latin Infans. which comes from in- mot) 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 thai. 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 slory 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 Hie appearance of, ia 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, "Tlie 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 lo come from tha files, etc." Tlie reason for not using it in the passive is that the soi.sc 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 the ITT." A peculiar word, indeed. (The New York Times) JIM FISHBOURNE Just minor league stuff of you who read the upper-level pundits, whose musings and pontifico- tions adorn the inner pages, probably will have read all you can stomach concerning the latest lunacies in Vietnam, but you might be able lo stand a comment or Iwn about another theatre, that in which India and Pakistan conduct their never-ending battle over Kashmir. A recent Associated Tress article about the latest well, uniil next lime border skirmish provides n little more (as if any were need- ed 1 of just how far into cloud cuckoo land we have allowed ourselves lo drift. In Ibis report, which was given front- page prominence in each of the foiir dailv papers I see fairly regularly, bclligcr. ants wore headlined as being ,-ihonl discussing anil were do- M'ril.ed as licing bolh pleased and proud Ihal novel "hoi line'1 discussions had broughl annul a oraspfirc after a morn .IS hours of savapn IriMruincnl.i] in that happy onleome, il went im to say, was a mulu.-il agreement lo refrain from publishing n box-score of killed anil wound- ed, an innovation that was crediicd having prevented undue cxacerh.it inn of feelings nn bolh sides. Wi'slmi one g.-ilhorcd, were MTV favorably unpric- ed, and one was mined lo observe Hut tliis was a gre.il improvement on Ihe pasl, when such incidents have had "serious re- he found the "restraint on all sides" especially gratifying as it indi- cated both parlies were prepared lo go to some lengths to avoid jeopardizing peace lalks which may occur in the next month or so. Doesn't that round just wonderful" Of course, Ibis admirable forbearance with re- spect to public gloating over the dnily b.ig leaves us unaware of bow many soldiers were slaughtered while the made their lilllc arrangements over the hot line. But if Ihc set-to merited phrases like "se- rious 1 Ihink we can lake it Ihal there would be a tidy pile of corpses pa. fienl. Soon, I'm surf, someone will invent .1 "new, improved" hotline, vliifli is hound lo cul down on hull] the lime and Ihe flaufihlcr. Then, with any lurk at all, the whole arrangement can be computerized, which'll cm down even more. So. you see, it's nol all Ihal. had. Of course, ii'll mkr s while lo bring these bencfils nf modern In n-fry lighting mill. wilh patience, and good will on bolh .sides.