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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Three views on Nixon resignation Ntw York commentator By Tom New York commentator WASHINGTON In Us confirmation bearings before the Senate rules Gerald the vice presidential recall- ed that President Eisenhower had a very simple rule for public all the facts and all the good counsel you and then do what's best for If President Nixon were to follow this advice in his pre- sent he would undoubtedly but there is no evidence that he intends to do so or even that he is seeking the counsel of the conservative elders of the Republican party. he is mounting a counter-offensive to prove that be is indispensable to the conduct of the nation's foreign that his with the Soviet Union has produced peace in Vietnam and a ceasefire in the Middle East and that he is being persecuted by partisan the the Watergate prosecutor's of- the press and the networks This city is still deeply divided on the resignation impeachment but on one thing it is namely that the time for self- deception is past and that the time has in Ike's first to all the facts and all the good counsel you and then do what's best for Wy Carl T. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON President Nixon has told the nation that he will not resign. His close Bebe says Mr. Nixon will not resign. Members of the family insist that the president will never quit. Despite these categorical the odds have increased dramatically in re- cent days that within the next six the good of the Richard M. Nix- on will resign. We now have abundant evidence that Mr. Nixon is acutely aware he is in desperate straits Only a sense of drowning and groping for some saving reed of public support could have led the president to nominate Ohio's maverick Republican Senator William B Saxbe as attorney-general. During the Christmas bom- bings of North Vietnam Saxbe said Mr. Nixon had leave of his and he once labeled as the president's former top John Ehrhchman and H. R. Haldeman men Nixon characterized as of the finest public servants I've ever also spoke derisively of Mr. Nixon's claim that he knew nothing of the Watergate crimes and cover-up by comparing the president to a man who plays piano in a house of ill-repute but says he doesn't know what goes on upstairs. Only a few days ago he was quoted as is Is it possible that the presi- dent could do such a complete turn-around' Remember that Mr. Nixon once said he would never let White House Counsel John Dean testify before the Watergate Committee. He did. He said he would use ex- ecutive privilege to prevent even former aides from testifying He let them all testify. He said he would not give up the Watergate but in the face of public out- rage he gave them up two tapes strangely will never may sound as final and firm as can be But in the months ahead this president will leam what so many before him have learned that is a long time. NEW YORK The clamor for Richard Nixon's resigna- tion is suddenly so deafening that it may drown out good sense and overwhelm due process. That clamor demands short-run therapy for a catastrophic illnees. It risks a rush to decision rather than an exercise of and it proposes a con- stitutional short-cut when the primary problem is that the constitution already has been too often slighted or ignored. Nixon's while it might imply some guilt on bis part for something would surely be cast by him in the patriotic terms of a wronged statesman acting only to spare his country further embarrassment. Resignation would in no way resolve the question of Nix- on's guilt or it would not even leave a clear sense of what the charges or should have and while resignation would remove him from it would not necessarily ter- minate his case. Resignation might well in- sure rather than prevent con- tinuing suspicion and bitterness in American politics. It is already apparent to anyone who listens despite the resignation a substantial body of opinion does not think Nix- on necessarily unfit to and many of his supporters are convinced or choose to believe that his troubles result in large part from a deter- mination by the political left and the press to get him out of office at any cost. A forced without so much as Spiro Agnew's limited ad- mission of guilt to give it an underpinning of would feed this conspiracy theory for years to come is as entitled taa day in court as any he is entitled to judgment on the merits of his not to an assumption that he looks too guilty to govern. What is the In the sum of its various it is that be has committed high crimes and mis- demeanors that injured socie- ty by leading to circumvent the c No person uf doubt as to high public policy can go far wrong in turning for guidance to the particular- ly on constitutional questions. In this Americans can find there a clear remedy set forth for Nixon's alleged offenses. That remedy is im- peachment in the House and fair trial in the with removal from office as the only possible if a guil- ty verdict is returned by two- thirds of those voting. An impeachment and subse- quent trial is an equitable providing ample protection for the rights of the accused and ample opportuni- ty for the prosecution to make its case. It is not a quick or easy and for that reason it cannot be a rush to decision At its a jury of Nixon's peers will render a they will come to the judgment upon him and his conduct of office that now is needed above but which forced resignation cannot provide Books in brief by Peter Such Irwin and Com- pany 171 This book concerns some of the Canadian musicians who have struggled with every-day living while keeping an interest in their music until such time as they could make it the major part of their lives. It also shows how the pioneers who had were ready and able to help their fledgling counterparts by guiding them in the right direction. Here is a must to every stu- dent of music. RIC SWIHART Sevenyears before the Palliser sign went the first barrels of PalliserReserve CanadianWhisky were laid down. Today there is a proud new name in Canadian rye whisky. Palliser. The new Palliser distillery in Alberta has brought together the skills and the talents of as fine a team of whisky- makers as Canada has ever assembled. Even though our distillery is new and the product we sell is aged the full number of years. Our business began long before we opened our Lethbridge plant. It began with our bringing together the finest aged Canadian whiskies that go to make up Palliser a smooth and satisfying seven-year-old. Each year since then we have also laid down for Palliser Colony House Palliser Black Label Palliser Golden Special Look for them at all Alberta liquor stores. See how well we have started a new tradition of distilling excellence. PALLISER Palliser Distillers Alberta A AAVA 1979 TNI UMAIII. Hidden meanings We try to solve our problems with potions and but the real cure must come from within. Photo and text David Bly Herald reporter Education and excellence By Peter local writer The very nature of educa- tion implies excellence. The reality of but not all schooling in today's is one of mediocrity Education is a drawing out or growth of the full potential in each human being and it embraces every experience and effort which involves growth through learning. Its core is development of charac- teristically human fac- that it is a flowering of that which dis- tinguishes man from the the intellect. The life of the is the central concern of anyone calling himself an educationist. Mind does not of narrow logical or even scientific reasoning Cer- the capacity to reason correctly and to expand knowledge through the thought-processes of induction and deduction is essential. But beyond the primary ac- tivity of the mind in forming of abstracting from data ideas which form the foundation of real under- standing is a deeper and integrating core of wisdom without which lacks any truly humane significance primarily is the characteristically intellectual activity Philosophy not the only means to wisdom. If it the keenest philosophers would always be the wisest men There is a wisdom that goes beyond philosophy. It is a gift of God The most brilliant light of truth is revealed to it is a revelation beyond any human power of thought The truths of for a are available to anyone who hears the word. in one capacity for educa- tion as intellectual develop- ment does not matter It does not matter compared with the glimpses of truth given to the open mind and the simple soul But for those who accept Christian the com- mand to teach the truth is im- perative Revealed truth is the heritage of every Christian A Christian teacher's primary duty is to teach this to pass on and bring to new through appreciative the light that transcends merely human thought for those who are study of the heritage of human wisdom in relation and as illuminated by the is to use the intellect which must not in us un- used A passion for truth is at the heart of education. To leave one's gifts to fail to engage in the life of the and to share the joy and inspiration which has always acccompamed the ex- ploration of meaning of ex- istence and the constantly un- folding human adventure is to frustrate the natural goal of the intellect It remains that there is a mark- ed difference of capacity among human beings for the life of the mind. Many are simply not able to engage in advanced study of those fields of human endeavor which we have traditionally called the disciplines. The relatively few who are able to bear fruit in these endeavors should not be diminished by futile efforts to reduce the intrinsic sources of excellence to the standards of the multitude in the name of equality. This does not mean that the many cannot share in the true heritage A genuine communi- ty is one in which the many share in the best of thought and art to their capacity. But academic institutions are not the only source of this shanng. Mass-schooling of the falsely egalitarian kind is a colossal fraud State- compulsion twists the heritage out of it makes mechanical what should be fluent and free as numerous commentators have pointed it simply has not worked as Illich has is anti- at least in its monolithic form Schools will always be im- portant But small adult liberal families where good reading and conversation tuition by masters in their will have to become dynamic alternatives to mediocre mass-schooling A teacher is one who with a passion to share the un- derstanding and insight he may acquire. In that society's best teacher may not be in schools. Teaching is simply a natural extension of love of and knowledge at its best and truest is understanding of especially of the deeper meanings in the literary and artistic heritage Needless to truly is part of the humanities There if vocations more deeply rewarding than teaching. Intuition or insight that is like an illuminating flash in the mind is something that goes beyond ordinary reasoning. But it is still intellectual As Man tain and as any lover of poetry must the mind deeper is mov- ed by inspired and thus the emotions are affected The whole man with the mind and feels that which he sees. It is the capacity of imaginative and the creative vitality which flows from that constitutes the excellence at which the best education should always aim. And it is precisely this appreciation and creativity which rigorous study and in- spired teaching inevitably cultivate. In a mechanistic we must do all we can to restore the conditions in which this excellence cannot only but spread its influence from the of the to the whole of society. Management by Objectives IV By Reg member of the Lethbridge Public School Board Management by Objectives means CHANGE Let's not fool ourselves that it means only a few adjustments in teaching practices it means scrapping some of the present teaching practices and sub- stituting some new methods of organizing for some new attitudes towards and a revolution in the evaluation of student per- formance. Fortunately for our teachers are very much aware of the changes are already practising some of the techniques and are generally well prepared and ready for the changes needed Kenneth in one of his stated that legislation rarely creates change it generally gives official sanction to changes that have already been accepted by the public. I feel that the public school board's approval of MBO is only a recognition of changes that the professional staff has accepted and worked towards for several years. If I did not feel I would not have written these articles schools and must run by the professional and any changes in methods or techniques are entirely the business of the professionals. As a school board I am trying to tell the public why I support MBO and that I intend to vote for whatever financial or other action la re- quested by the administration in order to institute it At the same I am fully aware of the fact that new techni- ques pose a bit of a threat to some and I want it known that in my MIJO is a change that can be taken in small doses as slowly as the teacher chooses. As a board I will and I am sure no other board member push MBO on to the teachers against their wishes. I intend also to com- municate with the parents and taxpayers who put me on the and who have set some goals for public education. I have told them in these ar- ticles about the most efficient and least costly method of achieving these and I hope that it stirs some of them into action. Let me again il- lustrate what MBO is Have you ever told your son to clean up his room9 Try it this way six o'clock your room is to be neat and all clothes are to be on hangers in the clothes closet or neatly folded in the chest of shoes and slippers will be on the bottom shelf of the rack in the and all small ar- will be in the top drawer of the chest. There will be nothing lying on the floor of the closet or the room except the carpet and there will be nothing on top of the chest except the and they will be between the book ends. I will undertake to keep your room you are responsible for keeping it neat and Now suppose he doesn't do these what MBO has one very impor- tant requirement that you have left so let's go back to the beginning and start differently. Say to your room is often in such a mess that I have to move a mass of litter before I can get to clean it shouldn't you be responsible for keeping it tidy and I for keep ing it Assuming that he agrees to you now explain that you like to clean the bedrooms on Mondays and and could he lay out a plan for tidying his room by 8 o'clock in the morning of these days. Also you could suggest that it would help you if there were no shoes or other articles on the floor or on the tops of the furniture. you might request that he put his objec- tives in writing so that you would both be clear about and you would also put in writing what you undertook to do for his room. you have a good basis for MBO. Your son participates in setting the objectives and both of you will be prepared to achieve them. In the same way we could have a good basic foundation for public school education. This is my summary of what I think it should Education takes place between one student and a teacher. The student has a number of needs which are common to all students These can be found in the goals of the school the and the courses of study. The individual student also has needs that are special to him. The teacher accepts general objectives from the school the courses of and con- sultants and creates others as needed. But all of these are a background to the action on performance objectives which consist of things the teacher and stodent do. When the things done result in the student undergo- ing desirable we have a valid educational system. It is clear to and I wish I could mate It clear to that dollar taken from you for education should be spent hi a manner that causes a bit of good quality in the teacher-student relationship. This is not theory one Lethbridge school has had toll kind of practice for yean many teachers in Lethbridfe schools are working along similar It U conceivable that in the matter of a few years failures In school sub- jects couM be eliminated from all Alberta schools. You could help to achieve this by working for the elimination of 'failure' grades in the Lethbridfi pMic ;