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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Clockwork' is celebration of violence THI LITHMMDOl HMALD-I By Normal editor Saturday In young hoodlums douse a young woman with gasoline and then throw a lighiedtaatdi at her. In New young hoodlums attack an .85-year-old woman sex- slashing her breasts and female organs. In the same a man pushes two young women out of a window on the sixth story of a hotel. It would be impossible to prove that such motion pic- ture films as Clockwork or any of the numberless films and televi- sion programs that glamorize brutality and have any .direct connection with the abominable crimes just men- tioned or with similar crimes that have disfigured life in many parts of the United States. it is nonsense to suppose that children can be exposed to violence in year after year without becoming desensitiz- ed to the fragility or the preciousness of life. Nothing in the life of an average American child today consumes more of his or her time than television not schools or playgrounds or books or parental relationships. And the predominant strain of dramatic programs produced for TV has been violence. The same is to a slightly lesser of motion pic- ture films selected for show- ing over TV. Are we to believe that none of this accumulated horror and brutality leaves a Television owners and managers expound at great length to potential advertisers about the impact of television on the human brain. They con- tend that no communications medium can compare with television's ability to condi- tion habits of thought and at- titudes. the same televi- sion owners and managers abruptly reverse this argu- ment when they defend programs in which human beings are tortured or defiled. the TV owners contend that people whatever their age can make the necessary allowances for make-believe and are therefore unaffected what they see. not everyone who observes a human being being kicked or bashed into sensjlessness has an irresisti- ble desire to imitate these acts. But this is not the point. The point is that the human mind is the delicate organism in all of nature. It cannot be battered by violence indefinitely and in- discriminately without being scarred. Young minds are more impressionable than older minds. At the very unremitting violence has the effect on young minds of developing casual attitudes toward violence. And any society that has a casual at- Book Reviews titude toward violence is in trouble. So far as I Clockwork has not yet been shown on TV. Nor do I know whether it will ever be shown on TV. No matter. It is symbolic of the sickness and sadism that have disfigured the visual whether in mo- tion pictures or TV or both. To my it is also a thoroughly dishonest film. It pretends to deplore the hideous assaults on human life it dramatizes. But it is actual- ly an exploration of those assaults. The key to any art form is in the things it makes explicit. When the camera zooms in on human it is engaged not in lamentation but in celebration. .1 am sure that Stanley the producer of Clockwork does not Nor does he see his film as an important part of a total process that can lead to In- calculable evil in our society. He has prided himself publicly that is a profoundly artistic triumph. He Is entitled to that view. For I can only say that it is a corruption of that it is brutal in conception and brutal in effect and that it is a terrifying waste of talent. The present public debate over films and books has been mostly concerned with por- nography. There is nothing obscene about the human body. What is ultimately is the concept of the human body as a fit subject for torture. This is what the issue of random violence in or is all about. A moratorium on in Search of Their edited by Anthony R. Michaelis and Hugh Harvey 229 The editors of the papers and discussion at a sym- posium held in Brussels in 1971 on the impact of science on society must have decided that the participants revealed to be in search of their conscience hence the title to this publication of the proceedings. That isn't the impression I got and it doesn't seem to have been what im- pressed Professor Albert S. Sabin as gave the final word on the sym- posium. Professor Sabin detected a feeling that science is on the defensive. This could lead to scientists searching their consciences but I didn't note a conscensus on that score Professor Sabin stated that the world faces a it cannot long survive one third affluent and two thirds on the road to perdition. But like other speakers he did not think science was to blame for this situation or that scientists need to take on the respon- sibility of working out a solution. Science provides the basis for destruction or for creativity which others politicians presumably BOOKS IN BRIEF Married by Julius Horwitz and Whiteside 203 Julius Horwitz portrays marriage as an intensely psy- chological game where some of us learn the rules and the rest of us stumble around in the dark. The the hidden half truths and evasions that we assume to mask our true feelings within marriage makes this an un- usual volume to read. ANNE SZALAVARY seize for good or bad ends. The job of scientists is to be good scientists. the raising and repeated returning the question of whether should be a moratorium on science reflected an uneasy conscience in scientists. But nobody seemed to be in favor of that which is hardly sur- prising in view of the vested interest which the group had in the pursuit of science. The book is of uneven in- terest and reached its lowest for in the address given by Professor Raymond Aron at the banquet the first evening. There are some stimulating thoughts in the book to which I will probably return but it is doubtful if many others will get to them past the formidable price. Even in this age of adjustment to inflated for a paper-covered book is something to whistle at in amazement. DOUG WALKER Hidden meanings A man too busy to watch a butterfly is alive but' not living Phoio and text David Ely Herald reporter A report on open-area schools By Terry local writer The Canadian Education Association recently publish- ed an open-area school kit which summarized the fin- dings of a cross-Canada sur- vey of open-area schools. The CEA wanted to find out if ad- ministrators of Canadian school systems felt open-area schools were an improvement on traditional schools and what those who used them had to say about them. An exten- sive questionnaire was dis- tributed to 63 school systems across Canada and then 19 school boards were visited by two administrators who carried out interviews and observations to supplement the questionnaire responses. What did they First of all they were able to list over 50 studies and ar- ticles that had been published on different aspects of open- area schooling. Many topics were including academic teachers' and students' com- parisons of students in open- area schools and traditional and suggested school plans. Since this was a short list of articles one can only speculate on how much useful material has been published on open-area schools. The written report and a taped interview contain much useful information and it is ob- viously difficult to avoid per- sonal preference when selecting highlights for dis- cussion. One major problem was the lack of preparation time. think the biggest that teachers are experiencing in open-area is team planning said one of the evaluators and this opinion was confirmed by the other panel member. Preparation time is impor- tant and not just for open-area schools. All teachers require time to plan and the reluc- tance to grant preparation time to elementary teachers is one of the worst forms of discrimination practiced in many school systems. The tremendous importance of the library resource centre was also stressed. Money spent on magazines and all the other worthwhile material that can be found in a modern library is one of the best investments that any school board can make. Students do not have to be supervised all the they are capable of doing excellent work on their own if they are provided with the correct facilities. A library resource centre can supply these facilities. Other items of concern listed in this report teacher school flexible importance of back-up goals of a and that good old class size. It's interesting and satisfying to note that many of these Corby presents Management by Objectives II KvAArnVCpH ftj lAwtfA By Reg member of the Lethbridge Public School Board topics have been discussed in these Thursday education ar- ticles in The Herald and by interested parents at public meetings. This and inexpensive report deserves to be read by all who are interested in education. It's a pity that the CEA did not consult with and students about some of the problems studied but this is a very small flaw in a fine production. The report concluded that open-area schools can be a success provided teachers and parents accept that modifications in curriculum and planning are necessary. If you're really concerned about this important innovation why not read the report for You can get a copy from the' 252 Bloor Street Ontario M5S IVS price for the book or for the whole kit. Sdden CORBY DISTILLERIES LIMITED CORBYVIUE. ONTARIO A superb Canadian Whisky that's already being enjoyed by Westerners now comes to Alberta. It's called Golden Touch because of a mellow taste and the unmistakable smoothness of a perfectly-blended whisky. Try Golden Touch by Corby. We think you'll find it as good as gold. GaldenlbuchbyCarby. Corby. Good taste in Canada since 1859. Management by Objectives is not a gimmick it is a proven method for getting things done by allowing every employee to spell out the kind of performance he should deliver and by building into the operation accurate ways for the employee to check when and how well he is succeeding in his tasks. We can see why and how MBO could come into being by tak- ing an example close to perhaps your home. Consider a typical Lethbridge daughter and baby. Father is the wage daughter and son at- tend school but earn a little mother and baby are according to although mother works as hard as anybody. Now like any other TYPICAL home has its problems money disappears like rain running off the father seems to be out all the daughter and son are always don't do their need new clothes every and fight like a cat and dog. About one meal a day is attended by all five of the and the cupboards and fridge are so full to overflowing with an infinite variety of similar foods that son and daughter can never find the cereal they can't live without. Although the food bill is the garbage can eats the and although mother and daughter haven't a thing to the clothes closets are so full you can't close the doors and shoes are piled three deep on the floor. To cut a long story this family decided to devote one Sunday afternoon to a planning session. It came about because on Wednesday father family of only five people is about one tenth as efficient as the fac- tory I work in and we have SO people we'd better take a look at our These facts emerged.from 1. The only member of the family whose needs were be- ing met in an efficient manner was baby. This was because with baby it was perfectly clear was who was responsible for seeing to it at the proper and it was easy to tell when the job was properly done. 2. That proper planning might solve most of the family's problems. 3. That the first step in planning is to assess the family's needs. It was soon agreed that what was needed most was for the four grown-ups to behave more like a family that need- ed and loved each other. Major To im- prove our family behavior. General objectives for all members except r. Everyone will improve own behavior by setting up behavior objectives in several areas. Father and mother will schedule their commitments to ensure that they are both home for at least two Father within two reduce his drink- ing by at least 25 per Mother will purchase only three kinds of cereals and will also limit other food items to fewer varieties a vote of the family will settle the specific Breakfast for everybody will be at a.m. and dinner will be at p.m. a vote of the family will decide whether or not an ex- cuse for being late or absent is valid. 2. Various chores around the house and garden will be listed and spread among the family by choosing in order. With respect to all family chores the job will be clearly described with times and quality of performance ex- pected. The owner of a chore must complete it or arrange with someone else to get it done no excuses. On the fourth Sunday of every month the Family will discuss the performance ob- scu-9ol districts' total effort towards achieving the justments as agreed upon. Mother will act as secretary and see that all necessary in- formation is posted in each person's room. This example illustrates basically what MBO is about. An organization must write down its major these then it must list several general objectives which can be expected to enable it to reach the goal the general objectives apply to different persons or areas. Each person involved can then write out his performance ob- What is he to How can we know when he has done And how will we be able to tell how well he has BERRY'S WORLD done Doing this can make YOU it can make a FAMILY and it can make any ORGANIZATION efficient. Furthermore it poses NO THREAT to any employee because the employer has more CONTROL over his more FREEDOM to and is NEVER again rated by another person. The next two articles will deal specifically with the public school-system. At that time we will look at the whole range of MBO from the goals of. the system to the general objectives which are planned to reach the goals and then to the performance objectives which control the efforts made by the who are the ones really responsible for ;