Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
52 1HE HERALD Wedntldor, Novtmbir 19, 1972 If Bennett had only gone to university VANCOUVER (CD If former premier Vf. A. C. Ben- nett of British Columbia had gone to university, he proba- blv wouldn't have achieved says Dr. political power, Charles Crawford, a psycholo- at Simon Eraser Univer- sity. Dr. Crawford uses the ca- reer of the former premier as an example of his theory that facts only stifle creativity. It would seem that the more knowledge someone gains in a particular field, the more likely he is not to be able to act creatively in Dr. Crawford said in an Interview. "The person becomes locked into only one way o! solving problems. "Take Premier Bennett. Here's a man, who, in the generally accepted sense, has little education. He doesn't have much of a formal knowl- edge of finance, of politics, even of accounting and yet he rises 10 become p-emier, sim- ply because he has the imagi- nation to impose new solutions on old problems. "But on the other hand, after 20 years in office, he has learned too much about poli- tics. He has found, in election after election, that if he brines up fear ot the socialist hordes, he gets returned to power. "He also finds that holding elections every three years eeems to get results. "But he has stopped think- ing creatively, he has stopped thinking of creative solutions to problems and doesn't see the old methods will no longer work. And so he is defeated." TACTS OUTDATED Dr. Crawford recently re- ceived a Canada Coun- cil grant to begin studies on his thesis that knowledge smothers creativity and the repurcussions might be exten- sive if the theory is proved correct. It would mean that teachers would stop feeding facts to children and, instead, help their pupils develop thinking skills that would make them, more creative. "In fact, although some peo- ple will react with horror, this may not be such a bad idea when we see how quickly our society is moving and how quickly facts become out of Dr. Crawford sairt. "Facts, I think, will eventu- ally become the things you look up in books and apply your trained imagination to, not something to carry around In your head. "Naturally there still will be fields, such as chemistry or physics or medicine where facts will be needed. But in other wonder." DOUBTS DEGREES HELP He says his theory also casts doubt on the usefulness of a university education in many fields (hat now require it. "I think It's ridiculous to ask, as seems to be happening now, that all journalists on a newspaper have a BA degree or beyond. Maybe it's not going to hinder you too much, but there must he piles of writers with Grade 12 or less who could function as well, if not better, because of the im- aginative qualities they could bring to bear. "And in law, why not have some lawyers come through the old form of articling, while others go to university? I think it would bring a new refreshing way of thinking into some professions. "They tell us that this higher education requirement in law and medicine is a way of protecting the public. I think it becomes a way of pro- tecting the professions from loo many participants and having to split up the profits." BELUOVKS IN EXAMS "I think what examinations do is teach you to think crea- lively, lo learn creative cram- ming. If a student can pro- duce the right type of knowl- edge for mo on an examina- tion paper it shows, especially If lie has been cramming nt (he last mlnulc, that he knows what information lo select and what lo reject. "After all, life Is like that. If you want lo buy a car you get all Ibc Informalion you can nhoul cars, different models, prices, and then you your decision based on informalion. Then you for- get it. "So It doesn't matlcr If you forget what you put down on the exam immediately after you write it. "After all, you knew what was the right information at the time." W. A. C. Bennelt Private planes clogging Toronto skies TORONTO (CP) The fll- rcady crowded skies above Metropolitan Toronto are be- coming more congested will) private light aircraft. To cope with the problem, George Gledhill, an air traffic controller, has started a num- Irer of workshops across On- tario to educate the private pilot. Mr. Gledhill lias spent 15 "fmsLrating" years at To- ronto International Airport watching the number of blips on Ms radar screen increase year after year. He said in an interview that although there fortunately have been no mid-air colli- sions over T o r o 111 o, the chances that such a disaster might occur are growing with (lie crowded airways. lie said some of (he pilots who crowd into the air space above Toronto don't know how to use the radio properly. "There is no doubt that tho rules for flying a Mickey Mouse aircraft in less crowded areas of Canada be- come absolutely deadly in To- said Mr. Gledhill. "Most pilots who got inlo trouble at Toronto do so only because of stupidity." Toronto International Air- port, I lie second busiest in Canada after Montreal, had landings and take-offs last year. There were another aircraft movements at Toronto Island, Hamilton anil airporls. To compound the problem, there are G3 airports, includ- ing farmers' fields, wilhin a 50-mile radius of Toronto. And there are pilots In Ontario compared with [ive years ago. Michael Sifton. who runs Toronto Airways Ltd., a flying school, said he graduates about 18 new pilols a month. Ills course equips the pilot to hnndle Toronto-area flying. So far, about 200 privalc pi- lots have taken the course or- ganized and led by Mr. Gle- dhill at community colleges in Oakville anl Belleville. Other courses are planned for To- ronto, Wetland and North Bay. The course, held eacli Satur- day for (lu-ee weeks at a cost of includes presentation of slides of aircraft movement on radar screens, a compre- hensive rundown of the area control systems and listening lo taped conversations be- tween pilols and controllers. A key feature is members' participation i n simulated flights between two airporls. Curt Greenleaf of Durham, 28 miles south of Owen Sound, a pilot who took the course, said it should be a must [or anyone flying in the Toronto area. "I have so much more knowledge now of the prob- lems which exist and what to loot; out he said. KITE-FLYING RECORD The world kite-flying endur- ance set by the kite king of Bermuda, Vincent Tuzo, in 1972. TheTimelsNow The Fisherman Knit. Destined To Become Your Favourite "Old" Sweater You know how possessive a man becomes of a sweater that's chunky and comfortable and makes him look and feel great. A sweater that looks even greater when it becomes slightly shaggy. 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