Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD tliuncloy, Moy 197'J bargaining The return lo local bargaining be- tween Ihe Lo.lhbridgc Public School Board and its teachers will meet wide approval. II indicates a willingness lo back off from an es- calating struggle that was be- coming repugnant lo teachers, trus- tees and citizens in general. A key consideration in restoring local bargaining is the understand- ing lhal professional negotiators from outside the school district will nol be employed. Undoubtedly comprom- ises are easier to reach wilhout such help. Professional negotiators make their livelihood by being unyielding. Now thai it has become apparent to even one lhal unlimited funds are not available to Ihe education indus- try in the province, there has to be a .search logelher for Ihe best way In spend what money is provided. Teachers' salaries should certainly be as high as possible which is not very likely lo be as high as is de- sired. Here is where a reasonable compromise has to be found and is most iikely lo be lottnd when people who know and I nisi each oilier do the negotiating, I'ndoublcdly the move back to local bargaining will threaten Ihe ex- istence, of the larger school authori- ties association. The major reason for its existence was as a counter power instrument. No such instru- mcnl winild be necessary it teachers and Inislecs in all districts were lo follow Ihe lead given in Lcthbridge. It v.ouid be a healthier situation Ihrouglintil Ihe province if the teach- ers' and trustees' associations low- ered their power profiles and con- centrated attention on improving the quality o! education that can be pro- vided viilhin the limitations set by Yen vs. dollar The monetary crisis which hit Japan's burgeoning economy with a sickening thud last fall, is by no means over. But the Japanese gov- ernment has taken a second breath and come up with a number of pro- posals that should go a long way to offset the effects of revaluation of the yen. The program has been passed by Premier Sato's cabinet and new laws to implement it will be pre- sented lo the Diet next week. The first essential is to promote domestic business, involving early implementation of spending on pub- lic projects as well as reductions in interest rales on bank loans, depos- ils etc. Import quotas will be eased and there will be increased checks on exporters lo prevent indiscrimi- nate foreign selling. There will be encouragement, even pressure, for Japanese industry to pay off for- eign debts in foreign currencies. Foreign aid will be increased, and terms on which it is extended will be eased. There will be further use of foreign currencies to finance explor- ation of natural resources abroad. Japanese citizens will find that re- strictions on private investment in unlisted foreign securities will be eased, and regulations governing foreign investment in Japanese bonds and debentures will be relaxed. Some of Ilicsc measures would have outraged Japanese economists a few months ago. But Japan has discovered that protectionism is not the route to prosperity in the mod- ern world, and being a resilient prac- tical nation it is meeting the crisis with courage. The new measures are bound to cause opposition to Jlr. Sato's gm eminent, but Ihe prime minister is well aware that if the growing payments surplus and huge accumulation of dollar reserves is not reversed. Japan might have to face another revaluation of its cur- rency, spelling disaster lo its econo- mic health. The restoration, of responsibility Bv Peter Hunt "IN the first, of a series of three ed- A ilorials on the theme, If 1 Had Only One School to Build, I described the phys- ical setting of a school, though, as over- lapping is inevitable, some aspects of cur- riculum vcre touched upon. In this piece I am concerned with what has come to lie called 'administration.' The first point that needs lo he made concerning the nature of schools is that if educational freedom did prevail (and this is not to be confused with that nauseating 'doing your own tiling1 cliche 1 there could be many such schools as I pictured in my last article, and at less expense to the lax- payer. However, such freedom, that of par- ents and of teachers and communities, is not possible as a general condition without a quite different socio-economic .structure from the one that at present prevails. 'Flic present structure is centralist, addicted In bigness, oriented to the 'secular city' and dominated by the mon- etary and power goals of a machine-wor- shipping technocracy. If decentralist free- dom were general, 'administration' as it exists at present would not he necessary. In that situation, teachers and parents (and, where appropriate, churches) would develop schools in local areas as needs arise; and schools would be, in general, small compared with those we have today. There would simply be no need for the great bureaucratic apparatus, the hosts of superintendents, co-ordinalors, counsellors, curriculum "experts" and all the other ad- ministrators whose jobs are created by the so-called "efficiencies" of large size. More- over there would be no need of public- address systems, rigid period-systems, deluge.s of circulars, computers on inlellmcnl human baUcries of boring and educationally dull, multiple-choice le.Mx People ought to reflect on the cost of all I hose high salaries. Hint Parkinsonian pro- liferation of jobs, the financial burden meretricious modernity and discover the reason for accelerated educational costs: while remembering, at the same lime, tho over-all result. Does anyone seriously pre- tend that for all that staggering expense the young are being made wiser, happy with the system, dealt with on a truly hu- man nnd personal level? Quito clearly, modern, mass-schooling is facing a crucial turning-point, in which, de- spite all the fashionable attempts at inno- vations superficially designed to calcr for persons as distinct from the faceless mass, alternative systems are emerging. Home of the allermimes. fur example, teaching by corporations, nre even worse than they intend lo replace. None of this broad generalization js meant iu deny that much good teaching and learning still goes on; indeed, that it docs is n tribute nol to the system as surh 1ml lo i he- students and teachers involved. However, li is intended to Ihnnv light on Hie advantages of smaller, more localized schools. In the past few tl c U a d c 5 consolidation into factory-like central schools has been the accelerating trend. is it that in Calgary a Catholic girls' academy, with a fine tradition, was forced In administra- tive pressure lo close recently? 'Why did those parents in Saskatchewan who refused to give up their local school, at last suc- cumb0 Why ?.re the last feu .signs of life in many fine, old Canadian towns and vil- lages being extinguished by elimination of their local schools? is there hardly an independent school .system left in most provinces'1 The answer is clear and sim- ple: this is all in the name of efficiency. And, make no mistake abouL it, efficiency means conformity lo the state's policies, not Lo a developed philosophy of life. Tho technocratic stale is concerned with 'ad- justment1 to technological .society, and Ibis demands bigness and uniformity; mass- production and regimented routine. But it is now coming lo mean more than this: it lias r cached (lie stage of seeming lo cater for individual needs, while neglect- ing the common elements in human na- ture but encouraging a muss-consensus based on a facile permissiveness. The slate does not mind innovations which do not challenge its supreme role. Thus, the school 1 have in mind is fnr-frlched or I ml an rdura- linnal [he fal- lacies of In Mich a leacher.s. parents ami students uuuld gov- ern. A teacher would not ju.sl be regarded as a .sub-profe.ssioiKil or technician wired in (o the educational but .is someone able to lunch freedom and discipline, making decisions about curricu- la, and under the appropriate conditions. v.c iired is not abandonment of au- Ihorily. I.ill a true philo'.npliv nf We nerd Ihe ;iuthonly 'if hip and the pursuit of Inilh. UK- of en Us and of an accepled religious nr phi- losophic vision of lite. Thi.-, sort ol aulhor- ity is natural and quilr dislincL from that of slate-compulsion; (he Mirt of compulsion Hint forces all lo pariinpalc in Ihe dom- inant cllnc of ,ri .sirnlai1 MM-n-lv. Keeping trad; Hy DonR rrilAT versatile man, I or W. J. (JambiY, uas out. hoshm off the walk- in front of the IVnlccostal Church when I walkcrl by one afternoon. lie was juM Iry- ing to keep out of Ihe of the ladii-s ucre meeting iiiMflo, lie said. wo lalkM inrniinncfl Mir; uedrhm; he u.'us coins; h> official-' ;ii in our cbun h I his Mimmcr "tlrm did um know he asked, replied, "we have frinnl.s who kr-rp us informed I like lo keep Irark nf ;o'! ".'M' I hau- he A decade of unbridled self-expression -why? oh, why'.' people ask about NIC recent outburst of political .shootings lliat erupted last week in Iho Iriigic attack of (ieorpc Wallace. Hut the answer lies right More m> very eyes. During Ihe past decade, the country lias ht'en on a hinge of unbridled self-expression. Ev- ery group, and virtually every person, has been slaking claims that crack established su- premacies and traditional re- straints. Given an open season on authority, it is not surpris- ing it positively figures that a few far-out loners would seek lo assert themselves by gunning down famous political leaders. In the nearly universal war on authority, young people arc the obvious starting point The new life style they have invent- ed includes a new kind of mu- sic, a new form of dress and hair style, different altitude! toward success. All this Is sup- posed to be benign a "green- ing of A m c r i c as Prof. Charles Reich put it- Hut in fact Ihe young nssert I heir values in ways that nre not benign. They undermine the chief restraint on Western so- ciety the restraint of con- formity, which is another way of saying respect for other peo- ple and their values. They are .subversive of parental and school authority. And as their protests gain attention and con- cessions, other groups are en- couraged to follow suit. Tlie blacks are also an ob- vious case in point. Having suf- fered centuries of unfair treat- ment, and being now subject to undoubted prejudice, they have the strongest case of any group in the country for redress of grievances. Maybe Hie only way to make the case Is by assertions o[ blackism. But many of these assertions soul food and black studies and afros and dashikis clash with respect for the opinions and tastes of the majority which respect is itself disparaged as "U n c 1 e Tomism." Moreover, demands for quotas in universities and jobs, not to mention the right to welfare, look like demands for special treatment lo some whites who are thus slimu- latcd to push their own claims. The celebration of ethnicity is one c e a r-cut result. Italians, Jews, Chicanos, Greeks, Slavs, and Ihe various Oricnlals are now advertising their origins with a vengeance. And they are being egged on in this boastful self-glorification by persons who should know much better for example, Prof. Mi- chael Novak in his book "The Unmeltable Ethnics." For ethnic narcissism sets group against group in an in- vidious comirclilion a coni- pelilion lhal lias been particu- larly harmful to Ihe blacks. It also saps another important rc- slrainl on behavior, anolher concept fostering respect for Ihe majority. That is Ihe con- cept now derided as "assimila- tion." Nativism, an a 1 w a y s latent form of intolerance in this country, inevitably grows in re- action. Because of the pressure of ethnic and black groups, the private bigotry that almost all of us feel in one way or anolher is now increasingly denied pri- vate expression in clubs, re- stricted residential areas and that sort of Ihing. Driven from its private sanc- tuary, bigotry increasingly goes public. The ranks of Ihe Bircli Society and it lias lo be said Wallace movement are 05 1571 IT MEA, "On top of everything else, the man at the garden center told me that the reason our looks so terrible if that the grass semes mf hostility toward M" "Slop griping about young people. do what and 90 where ye Want without working or oaying taxes, loo.'" filled with persons who are pleased to lliink they are only asserting their rights as Ameri- cans. Finally, at the end of a list whicli is no means exhaus- tive, lei me add the Women's liberation movement- It is easy lo see why so many women kick againsl the present divi- sion of burdens and honors be- tween the sexes. But the underlining of wom- en's rights also cracks tho cake of custom. It removes yet another and by that token gives further license to everybody's competilive claims for self-asserlion. Most Americans can find a place in this tumult of Meism. It is the genius of Uiis pluralist country to offer a pluralism of ego satisfaction But there are misfits cast adrift from normal participation in group life persons unable lo keep up witli Ihe dizzy pace of American life. ThL-sc shuttered beings find the moans of self-expression in lonely acts of desperate flc.stniclion. Lcc Harvey Oswald, who kill- ed President Kennedy, was one of these. So was James Earl Ray who murdered Martin Lu- ther King. So was Sirhan Sir- han who assassinated Robert Kenned y. So was Arlhur Bremer who attempted to as- sassinate Gov. Wallace. If this analysis is right, there is no sure remedy for ending the outburst of political assas- sination attempts. A more stringent gun law might help, and I certainly favor it. Less permissive for. as I would call it, more responsible) attitudes toward protest on the parl of authorities in the home, the school, the factory, and the of- fice might also be useful. So might less glorification of vio- lence in the press and on tele- vision. Equally, shorter campaigns and less pressing of Ihe flesh by candidates. Cut at the botlom the great need is for a climate of self- restraint in tlie country at large, a more generalized tem- per of civility, a winding down of indignant assertion of rights And that. I fear, is not soon about to happen. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Dace Humphreys Solution to Ulster problem still being sought p ELF AST A Browning submachine gun sil.s os- tentatiously at one of Ihe IRA control posts in the Bopside area of Londonderry. Without firing a single round of ammu- nition it is serving ils provo- cative purpose, a flaunting of IRA power. Symbolically it is daring the security forces to listen to Ihe rising chorus of Protestant loy- alists demanding ils removal and with it the IRA-conLrolled area. Two nionlhs afler British direct rule. Northern Ireland's crisis is deteriorating. And it is small comfort for Secretary of Letters To The Editor Stale William Whitelaw's ad- ministration that the present escalation of violence has come rather later than some pessi- mists predicted. Mr. Whitelaw lias been rc- sisling pressure for an invasion of the Bogside and Crcggan es- tales, where IRA rather than British law prevails. The un- doubted technical military suc- cess would leave behind a bloodbath with civilian casual- ties lhat would make the Bloody Sunday incident look like a pic- nic in comparison. As such, it would be politically disastrous, perhaps leading to the civil war Hold the criticism I have just come home from seeing Hie I.CI production, "BYE, BYE, BIRDIE'1 and I cannot understand why our local paper has lo undermine Ihe efforts of an amateur, non- profit organization lo the ex- lent lliat it loses money at Ihe box-otlice- Why does the review have to he done on a first night per- formance? This may he tho way it is done in New York, and wilh professional compan- ies lint they arc taking Ihcir chances on a v.in or lose re- view and it is part the game. To scullle Ihe efforts of a liigh school group, made up of young people who have never seen the other side of a theatre curtain is senseless. It was a terrific show, full of color, humor, excellent sing- ing and clever props; every- one, including the audience, had fun. There was a standing ovation and continuous rounds of applause but because o( tlie bad review the show got in The Herald I couldn't find anyone Lo use a complimen- tary pass "sorry, the paper said it's not so Let's give our local ama- teurs a boost instead of crili- cism before the show has fin- Micd iU nin, alter its over they're glad to know how they can improve. S. U. WILSON I.elhbridgc. CouW s is active town I ,1111 uilh roprrl in MIC rcx-rnl -.Inrv u-hidi was pnnlrd In the Chinook pnrlion of The l.ctlibndcc Herald. This, beinq an untrue picture of CoutLs, has caused variable controversy. To wilh half Ihe busi- mil mentioned, plus n very actm: Civic (Jen- Ire (which is used almost every three b u s y f'hun'lips and their resprclivo orpaniznlionv, n 22-acrc rccrc- aliomil ground having ball dia- monds and blccchcr.s, -MI cor- rals, playgrounds, nne of Ihc largest mii.scnm.s for many hundred miles, and n new office ihirinif the pasl few years uhich always adds lo the .r-M'l.s uf any lowu or cily. Our loun is ako far from a lazy town with 3 much larpcr population Mian w R 5 quolcd, and wilh PO many nr- mediums, a n d sporls, clc., cue finds it hard lo find an evening to slay at home. I can say, rather than bciiiLj a sprawling, quiet loun. il became very noisy one for a few days after Uiis article appeared In The Herald Chinook. F feel n more adequate nnd I rue picture could surely have been prinlod, to Rive more due credit lo Ihe town. A UF1JTIMI5 RESIDENT OF COUTTS. Ktlilor'R nntr: tlio story was Inlonrlrd in lip ithoiit life In n lionler lowu nitlier than ;in rx- Icinslivn study nf Mir Imvn of ('nulls. Protestant Vanguard Leader William Craig is talking about. That policy can stand as long as Mr. Whitelaw can show evi- dence that his total program is yielding at least some results and as long as Protestants don't lake the law into their own hands. Discipline among the extrem- cr Loyalist elements, until re- cently, has been one o[ Ulster's more hopeful signs. Recent events appear to he threatening ajid undermining Mr. Whitelaw. Protestants have engaged in a nasty shooting match wilh Calhclics in two adjacent Bel- fast housing eslalcs. In another area Protestant frustration has boiled over in the form of a token area. Barricades were erected around several Protestant streets, complete with check-points and searches. This would be done occasionally for five weeks, the organizers said, when they would be made permanent unless Air. White- law acted against the IRA areas. However, the threat of even one Protestant controlled area closed to the normal exercise of government services is ser- ious, because it could be the first of many on both sides. No government can afford a prolif- eration of scctarian-doniinaled pockels of territory. Turning aside (he law of the land, Mr. Craig's forces already (hat areas of Belfast arc IHA- controlled. So far I here are no areas where the army docs not palrol although it is clearly unwel- come in some. The police refer to them as "highly abnormal." The IRA has lightened its control over I ho twin Hogside and Creggan estates in London- derry since clircrl. rule. Thai was not unexpected, given Din British allempl. I" ;-cparnlc Uin IRA from the Cnlholie pnpnla- lion. Faced wilh dwindling sup- port, Ihe would nalurnlly react by clinging Ihe more lightly lo whnt tcrrilory it con- trolled as ils only claim to power. Peace noises t oniinp from these areas arc hut a small crack of light in a long black tunnel. Tho population is still a long way from being ly nnpry and rovolled by Mm IRA lo isolate Ihem effectively. Faced wilh intimidation, living in fear, horcfl of community leadership from Ihe IRA, Iheso roininnnilies need nioro In grasp Ihan a lew inlernces. Mr. Whitelaw will be templed to make some gesture in the meantime lo the restless loyalists. Several actions short of mili- tary invasion are suggested. One is the withdrawal of social welfare, indeed afl government service to the no-go areas. This would end (he ridiculous spec- tacle of vehicles wilh British social welfare payments being stopped at (he TRA checkpoint. Another proposal is for some i m a g iiiative, unconventional army action. Some moderate loyalists supporting Mr. Whit- law Lliink Ihe entire British army must have at its com- mand men capable of knocking people quietly over the head and removing a machine gun. The Israeli action against (he hijackers has not gone un- noticed here. The policy of re- leasing internees is close to failure, wilh 273 men freed and fiSG still detained. Those re- leased arc in a sense guaran- tors that releasing is a good policy. Yet evidence has come (o light of some of I hose re- leased by Mr. Whitclaw being directly involved again in the IRA campaign. Mr. Craig and his Vanguarders have already seized on it. Even apart Irom such serious implications, there is Ihe esca- lation in sniping and bombing. Mr. Whjlclaw's advisers admit (hat the escalation has made impossible Ihe release of any inlerneos wilh records in snip- ing or bonib-buiidinp. All this is a barrier lo the rest of the Whilclaw policy. He had hoped lo withdraw troops from Cath- olic areas where they are thor- oughly bated, where stories about insults and minor ill- treatment arc legion. The other key is an infusion of money lo support industriali- in areas of high unem- ployment. This is the last thing the IRA wants, success for Mr. Whitelaw. which is why the bombing continues. Republican Premier Jack Lynch could help .slop the bombing wilh really ef- fective control lo end Ihe steady flow across Ihe border of ex- plosives and the elimination of saneluary lo the South. Dublin is being watched hopefully after Mr. Lynch's overwhelming vic- tory over the IRA in the Com- mon Market referendum, since direct rule, the ball is very much in Lynch's court. Mr. Whitelaw does have one advantage over all Northern Ireland politicians, who must court bupporl. He is responsi- ble to the Westminster Parlia- ment and lo history for his policies. He can and does lislen lo Ihe voices from both sides, but lie himself is not from either side. For Ihe first time- in SO years the leader of gov- ernment is not a committed member of the Loyalist major- ity. That should be remember- ed when Unionist Party Leader Brian Faulkner is heard de- manding aclion againsl Ihe no- po arras, nrrns pslp.blislicd v.hcn Mr. Faulkner was prime minister. Looking backward Tin-nil Thn Herald W12 Arthur Densmore nf Linidbrcck has jusl inslallcd a famous Anirad Radio sel. J a n I evening cnlcrlaiiuncnl was jiickcd up from (Jreaf Falls which is about, uofl invay Thr Inlcr- h u r c h Alhlelic Association will hold a track meet al tho Collegiate on Salur- ilay. of Ihe Worn- on's Reserve Naval Service in ISrilain are (he first women to be trained as balloon opera- tors'. Twenty four paint- ings hy Albert a arlisls wrrn displayed a I Mm art exhibit held al Ihe Sports f'cnlrc. l.'Hil! More than Lrlh- bridRc men received training in Ihe Canadian Army's fourth national .survival course, Tlie Lethbridcje Herald MM 7lh St. S., Lelhbririgc, Albcrla LETIIimiDGE LTD., Proprielor.s and Publishers Published ifHKi 1 by Him. W. A. BUCHANAN Sficonrt Woll Rrni'.lrflllDn No. OnlJ n O.iily Mnw'.pflpar of ClrcuMllons r of 1 flnd dlr A'.-.Rci.ition rircl HIP Audit W MOWF'RS, Cdltor rtnrt Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gencm! M-innqcr DON mi i if jr. wn 1. 1 AM HAY I -Mnr A' M.f I.HP HIiMr I-'UY I iVKi-'- POIir.i AS K WAI I'F9 Ail 'PI Irin-i fcililn, i.ii niiK.r "THE HLRALD SLRVES THC SOUTH"