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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, October 2, 1970 Science-Based Program Asked By Educationist By HERB JOHNSON licrald Staff Writer A more coherent curriculum, based on science and technology was suggested here Thursday as a possible solution to educational planning problems in developing countries. Dr. Lucian Pye, director of t li e centre for international studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the international teacher education conference a major problem in educational planning in developing countries is the uncertain future, leaving planners with no definite blueprint they can follow. He suggested that planning must be more dynamic, including the necessary element of change. It might be better, he said, to formulate a general Native Court Help To Be Permanent By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Lethbricige will have the permanent services of a native court worker Nov. 1 when the n e w 1 ^ -formed Native Court Worker Services of Alberta assumes responsibility of the program from the provincial attorney-general's department. The native court worker services in the community was initiated by the Native Friendship Society of Southern Alberta and the John Howard Society and had been looked upon by the attorney - general's department as a pilot project when that department recently became involved. Chester Cunningham, director of NCWS in Edmonton and Bob Ogle, southern representative from Calgary, are expected in the city next week to complete arrangements with the Native Friendship Society and John Howard Society for the changeover in responsibility. Satisfactory A 16 - year - old Raymond girl, Audrey Bancroft, is in St. Michael's Hospital in satisfactory condition with minor injuries as a result of being in collision with a car Thursday on the corner of 13th St. and 3rd Ave. S. Driver of the car was Michael James Fletcher of Leth-bridge. In magistrate's court V/ed-nesday, Albert Lapatac, Leth-bridge nartive court worker, appeared for a young native woman whose sc.itence on his recommendation, was remanded three months ago so she could attend Riverside Villa in Calgary. Riverside Villa is a rehabilitation home for girls with drinking or living problems. Mr. Lapatac said this young woman returned from Riverside ViUa a completely new person and according to a progress report from the director of the home, the woman came out of her shell and learned to look at life a little more objectively. "This is a prime example of what good facilities and good ajdministration can do for young girls v/ho get in trouble," he said. "A fornrer dropout who took to drinkinff is now going to complete her schooling and get a job." He said tliis type of resporse irou such a situation will lead to many more girls who have trouble with their lives attending rehabilitation homes, hopefully with the same results. Magistrate Lloyd Hudson said this case was very gratifying and shows the value of working with these people. He added it proves the point it is worth trying something different on the path to rehabilitation rather than just sendmg them to jail or fining them. plan which would be subject to change as it was implemented. His own personal bias was, he said, to see as part of the solution a general education based on science, rather than on the humanities, as is usually done. For this approach to be successful, society would have to rid itself of the idea that training in science has to be utilitarian, wiLh a quick payoff in tei-ms of ability to do a specific job. Dr. Pye also suggested that the uncertainty of the future was a problem common to all countries, and might possibly foster better relations between developing and more advanced nations through mutual identification of a common problem. Another major area of concern has been striking a balance between the universal and particular, he said. There have always been problems in providing an education to persons in developing countries that was relevant to their society and which would still give them an open, universal approach to the world as a whole. A reason for educators' inability to strike this proper balance could be traced, he said, to the fact that the academic community was not prepared for the end of colonialism and the beginnings of development. They were not ready, he said, to re-design societies, to transform a traditional society into a more modern one. If anything, he said, we in the Western world have had a "sense of faith in spontaneity." Give people technical aid and their choice and they will nat-ui-ally become like us - this was the approach that had interfered with the planned restructuring of cultures. Dr. Pye also stressed the fact that education is tremendously important to people in developing nations. Education is seen, he said, as a means of social mobility and advancement and is "the n)ost powerful motive force brought into any of these societies." The three-day conference is sponsored by the International Council on Education for Teaching in co-operation vdth the University of Lethbridge. DH, LUCr4N PYE ... no blueprint Canada^s Way Said Wrong In International Education By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer Canadians have too-often proceeded into international, education aid programs in an "arrogant fasMon, presuming we have a monopoly on wisdom about education techniques. "We export these systems willy nilly all over the globe, and it is out of the question for the majority of mankind to ever be able to sustain the lavish educational establishment which is part of North American living," said David C a t m u r, overseas operations director for Canadian University S'ervices Overseas. He was speaking to about 70 delegates to the conference on international teacher education. He said Canadians tend to go overseas with preconceived ideas of what children of other nations require in their edu- cation systems-and offer them Canadian systems even if tliey do not need them or cannot culturally understand them because their customs and what they find important in their lives are different. Teachers without formal teaching training, JJlr. Catnmr said, might be more qualified for overseas service, because they would not have a professionally prejudiced view of what should be done in the country they go to. "We should look for volunteers - and education systems -in tune with the needs of the pec^le," he said. Educating emerging nations to the point where they can cope with their world is complicated by the problems of rapid population increase - close to 100 million babies are bom each year in countries al- Roberts, Fairbaina Promoted Lethbridge Looms Large In PM's Personal Staff OTTAWA-Lethbridge looms relatively large in the background of Prime Minister Tru-deau's personal staff as a result of shifts made here Thursday. Peter Roberts, 43, has been seconded from the external affairs department to serve as assistant press secretary to the prime minister, automatically making him one of the influential officials in the capital. Born in Calgary, he obtained his early schooling in Lethbridge where he attended the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute before going on to the University of Alberta to gain a Bachelor of Education degree in 1949 followed by a Master's degree two years later. He was chosen Rhodes Scholar for Alberta in 1951 and added an Oxford University degree to his credentials in 1953. In 1955 he entered government service with the department of external affairs which be served in Moscow, Hong Kong, Stoigon and Washmgton before his last posting as minister - counsellor of the Canadian delegation to the North Atlantic Council in Brussels. Besides Mr. Roberts' addition to the cii-cle of Mr. Tru-deau's personal advisers, another Lethbridge native who joined the group only last Easter has been given a promotion. Joyce Fairbairn, 30, has been moved up fro r/.special assistant involved wiUi constitutional studies to the prime minister's legislative assistant, in which capacity she replaces well-known Ivan Head who now will devote himself to research and special assignments. In her new post, Miss Fairbairn will be in daily contact with Ml'. Trudeau as his personal link with parliament's members and business. Also a graduate of Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1960 and a journal- ism degree from Carleton University the following year, staying in Ottawa to become a member of the Parliamentary press gallery for a wire service and subsequently the Lethbridge Herald's bureau until this year. In private life, ^e is Mrs. Michael Gillan. Mr. Roberts is the son of Mrs. Frank Roberts, a long-time resident of Lethbridge who now makes her home in Ottawa. His ' .ther, an employee of the federal income tax department, died some years ago. Mrs. Gillan is the daughter of Mrs. L. E. Fairbairn of Lethbridge and the late Judge L. E. Fairbairn. $200 Fine A Lethbridge man, Thomas Stevens, 43, pleaded guilty in magistrate's court in Lethbridge Thursday to impaired driving and was fined $200. ready struggling to teach the people they already have. "I don't think educators in Canada have identified the precise needs of the various cultures and societies in terms of education. He pointed to education programs designed for Canadian Indians - which have so badly misread the Indian peoples' needs that they are complete failures, and are failing to teach the students. CUSO is finding countries requesting only highly - trained volunteers now, since they have progressed to the point where they have their own countrymen in all but certain, specialized fields, Mr. Catmuri said. I And the demand for their careful training for overseas work is becoming critical. "I believe we should look to a practical, field-intern type of experience. But there are very few programs in Canada which have seriously begun to tackle the inter national education problem." "We have, in the countries we assist, to s t a r t concentrating on the basic needs - training trainers of extension workers who will teach basic agriculture methods, nutrition, family planning - to the people." However, at the same time the "popular trap" of not sustaining a country's elite should be avoided: "The elites represent, through their educational experience, those people who will probably guide the destiny of their country for some time. "We must also get away from the idea that the exchange is always one way," Mr. Catmur said. "We either give advice or we bring people to see our beautiful system." Instead we should see what they have to offer us, he said. "The educator's role in this country has been to sustain closed and rigid systems where the formal paper certificate qualifications are taken to be very much more important than the transfer of knowledge. "If we impose om* teacher education standards as they are in Canada today on countries overseas, rather than being aware of local needs and problems, we wiU do tliem a grave disservice." DAVID CATMUR . . arrogant fashion Road Work Finishes In Week The city's engineering department says all construction work that might interfere with access to tlie new Centre Village Mall will be completed before the Oct. 8 opening date. A d e p a r t ment spokesman said work on the 9th St. overpass is going well, with only welding and removal of the old cross-members left to be done. Widening work on 13th St. N. is also going according to schedule, he said, with crews starting work this week on the concrete median. Four lanes will be open for traffic when the shopping centre opens. ASHPHALT PAVING We are SAND and GRAVEL Construction- Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702 - 327-3610 . . . and Very Pleased to Serve You Again! GEORGE'S BAKERY George De Groot OPENING SOON! A $Kom lockim at 544 13th S\tBB\ N. Near Puola's IttAkn Re$\(imm\ and WiAm \mpot\ed foods Former Baker In Town & Country Food Store PHONE 328-8452 We Are Operating As Previously In Shoppers' World Mall 413 Mayor Magrath Drive OPENING SPECIAL! FRESH STORE BAKED WHITE BREAD SLICED OR UNSLICED 10 g M FOR gsa ^ OR 22c A LOAF. OUR SPECIALTY SPECIAL CAKES and PASTRY made for ANNIVERSARY and BIRTHDAY PARTIES BRAN MUFFINS We Wish to Express Our Thanks to MR. ART BATTY for liis co-operation OPENING SPECIALS! doz. 49 >SOFT DINNER ROLLS ;