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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, November 8, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 COURTESY LAW Crosswalks are things often ignored by Lethbridgo drivers. A driver, by law, must yield Ihe of way to a pedestrian crossing Jne roadway wilhin a crosswalk. Whenever any vehicl3 is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedeslrian to cress the roadway, it is illetjal for a driver approaching from the rear to overtake and pass the stopped vehicle. This picture is the 21st of 25 advertising the city police 1972 safe driving campaign. Trustees hack local move By KOX Herald Staff Wrili-r KDMONTON-Alberta school trustees havo endorsed the con- cept nf notionnI departmentnl examinations for 12 stu- dents a procedure alreaciv used in both Lethbridpc school systems. Dcleuafes ;il Hie association's annual muuting in Edmonton supported a resolution that the minister of education he asked to clcchre depart mentals op- tional for senior high school students. Tn that v.'av, it. lie up to (he individual srhcol district to decide whether it wanted to use the provincial examina- tions as an evaluation of a stu- dent's achievement. The Lellibridgc schools re- turned to total local evaluation this fall after a year-long bat- tle with the government. But Lothbridge students are still free to write the provincial ex- aminations if they so desire. A number of delegates ex- pressed concern that there would be a loss of uniform mea- surement of achievement by dropping departmental. "Students should know bow they stack up with others across the Owen McGuirc, a Grands Prairie separate school trustee, said. Dr. Doug MacPherson, chair- man of the Letiihridge Public School Board, said he was pleas- ed to sec the convention en- dorse the idea because it shows support for what is being done in Lethbridgc. i A resolution calling for school I board authority to determine the minimum age when a slu- can enter school was I .soundly defeated by the conven- I lion. It ran into trouble when a i number of delegates argued that there would be nothing but headaches when one school jur- isdiction allows students lo I enter school at age four or five while another has six or .seven as its entrance age. j Jt was pointed out thai a stu-. dent could start Giade 1 in one I i part of' the province aL age j I five and if he moved to an-1 other area he may have to! wait two years before enter- ing Grade 2. ATTENDANCE The association also defeated a resolution which asked for compulsory attendance laws to be abolished. Under present regulations, a student is compelled to attend school until age 16. Scott Savillc, Calgary public school trustee, told delgates that if trustees were doing their jobs students would be in school because they want lo be (here not because the law says they have to attend. Public education has been without competition, he said. School boards have not chang- ed or have changed slowly be- cause they haven't been forced to change. Mr. Saviilc said if the schools try they can successfully com- pete for the attentions of the young people. There was lillle verbal oppo- sition to the resolution but if was soundly defeated on a show of hands. The association did approve a resolution that school boards provide and administer field experience programs for teach- ers. G undersoil re-elected EDMONTON Herald Gun- derson has been re-elected to a second term as nresidcnt of the Alhcrta School Trustees Associ- ation. Mr. Gunderson a member of the Calgary Public S c h o ol Board, defeated Lois Camobell. an Edmonton public hoard member, in the hal- j lot Tuesday during the ASTA annual convention horp. Sue Wearmouth of the Cal- pary Separate School Board de- feated Carl Johnson of the Lcthbridge public board tor the post of first vice-presidcnl while Steve Shwetz of Thorhill was elected second vice-president. Worth criticism By HAKL15NE of a sweeping desire said that education Dr. Wan-en also feels that Herald Staff play a part in the innova- Dr. Worth, who is now dupuly If education was places a great deal of change in the society, minister of education down on its most basic plane, on the be a product of it. He said played the teacher's role in Worth Report on parents, and suggests a switch must be made education. Planning "could bs arc denied access lo material lo humanistic "What happens to Ihe stu aside a with schools at the dents depends primarily on the Calgary school he Warren disagreed with teacher. Teachers arc taking a said don't think that "sterile" methods of major part in forming the new Dr. Kobert Warren the action and values to students. world." speaking at the annual that Worth talks have to be individ- in i i r n