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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Fridoy, Octebar 2, 1970 - THE iETHBRIDGE HEttAlD - 13 Robert Thompson Speaks Here Education To Fit Today's World Crucial Challenge For Canadians DR. ROBERT THOMPSON credibility gap News- Safety Display This Weekend The second asmual safety display sponsored by the Leth-l)ridge and District .Safety Council Avill take place Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. in the College Mall. Purpose of the display is to bring to the attention of the driving public changes in traffic laws. dri\'ing procedures, and an opportunity to question experts in the field about driving. The RCMP will have a ^ breathalyzer pre.sent with Cpl. \ Ed Cook 1.0 explain how it is '< operated, and will give demon-' strations by using charts and equipment. Letlibriclge city police; representative will give a radar unit demonstration. Syd Healy of FRAME STYLES FROM . . . AROUND-THE-WORLD OPTICAL^RiSCRIPTION CO. m-Kh st. i. leftmitKiaE - ui moi the driver examining division win outline requirements of licensing, in Alberta and driving regulations for both cars and motorbikes. An Alberta Motor Association representative will give in-fonnation on school patrols, driver education and safe driving. Tlie dual control car and a reaction tester will also be on display. Current Alberta di'iving regulations boolcs will he available to the public. 'Rie eye-testing machine of the (li-iver examining diviyion will also be demonstrated and explained by Mr. Healy. The St. John Ambulance Brigade will be on hand to explain principles of first aid and injuries. ,len-\' de llcei-. a membei- of th.e brigade will pi-ovide information on St. John first aid courses and on becoming a member of the brigade. Members of the Lethbridge and District Safety Council and chairman Steve Wild will be present at both days to with the displays and to answer questions on the work of the Safety Council. By JEW WILSON Education Writer CanadicJK face a "crucial challenge" to make their education system more relevant to today's world, both at home and in its internatonal aid programs, federal MP Robert Thompson said here Thursday. Mr. Thompson, Consei-vative MP for Red Deer, was featured speaker on the second day of the tliree-day confei-ence on international teacher education sponsored by the International Council on Education for Teaching, in co-operation with the University of Lethbridge. Terming himself a "politician-educator," Mr. Thompson drew on 14 years of teaching and educational administi-ation with the Ethiopian government, where for several years he was deputy minister of education. "The failure of much foreign aid in the years since the Second World War to reach its objectives is lai-gely due to the inability of foreign governments to see and' to understand the situation the countries really face," Mr. Tlwmpson said. To understand the real needs they must look through the eves and minds of the people they are hoping to help, be said -and the perpetual lack of ability to do this is the international "credibility gap." He said if he could make a parliamentaiy regulation of his own it would be that "evei7 member of parliament, and ev-eiy senator be required to visit some part of the emerging world at least once every two years, in order that they could see and experience and understand." And a worker in a fomgn country, in order to be tinisted and to learn the way of life oi the people, "should go to their weddings and enjoy pleasure with them, and go to their funerals and share in their sorrows." Educa t i 0 n in international ^ where a "politician - educator" * c a n be of assistance, Mr. Thompson said, since finding what a country needs and then assisting in both oi-ganizing it and implementing it involves political activity. He desci-ibed the educational problems and progress of Etiiiopia while he was there: Ethiopia developed its own cultui'e and education system from aibout the fifty century onward without colonial inten'en-tion of any sort, until Mussolini started \n invade from Italy in 19.35. Mussolini refused to educate any Etliiopians, so following the war there was not one high school in the country, and wily one elementai-y teacher training college. In 1944 Mr. Tliompson became a teacher at the country's first high scliool, with 47 students who had received their education to that point in exile. Ethiopia received no foreign aid, so by 19.50 almost half of its annual budget was spent on education. The first program the coun-tiy undertook was development of an extensive elementary school system - but it la,cked sufficient teachers. "We kept the teachers just ahead of their students," Jlr. Thompson said. "We taught them at night, in summer CUNNINGHAM DRUG STORE Is Coming To CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Oct. 8 Philosophy Meeting!; Ill Waterton Tlic annual meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association will be held Oct. 2 to 4 at Waterton Park, in the Koctenai Lodge Hotel. It is not necessary to be a member of th,e association to attend, and members invite everyone interested to visit any sessions of the conference. The University of Lethbridge department of philosophy is sponsoring the meeting, whose featured speakers include William P. Alston, of the University of Michigan as keynote speaker; Brian Gran t, of the University of Calgai7, speaking on understanding colors and sensations; K. W. Rankin, of the University of Victoria, discussing self-fulfillment of intention; Charles S. Morgan, of the University of Alberta and J. P. Wright, of the University of Saskatchewan, discussing explanation and identity; Wilham N. Christensen and John King-Farlow, of the University of Alberta and Terence Penelhum of the University of Calgai-y; And Kai Nielsen, of the U of C, discussing the choice between reform and revolution. Sessions conclude Sunday morning. school - we didn't worry about standards, but were only concerned that they were able to lead students clammoring for an edccation. And we had results." One purely political move he was involved in was convincing the government and national businesses that they modify their 216-letter alphabet sufficiently so it could be used in printing and typewTiting, instead of being all hand-written. This involved overcoming - without ill feeling - strong resistance from both the Coptic national church and the general population. Evea-y country has unique needs and pi-oblems and attitudes, which are just, as right for them as Canadian equivalents are for Canadians - and foreign ediicational aid programs must recognize this instead of trying to use their own loca.l systems in the foreign countries. But there must also be a substantial change in attitudes of the people in the aid-donor countries, Mr. Thomi^son said. He gave the example of a teacher from a major Canadian city who left his school teaching position for a period of overseas work - and returned to Canada and found his job no longer available. He was forced to start at the bottom of the salary grid because the school district said he had lost all seniority in his absence. "We have a long way to go before we in Canada reach the desired goal of contributing one per cent of our gross national product to international development, assistance to the emerging world," Mr. Thompson said. "We have further to go in our thinking, and in what we do or in what we present to Canadian youth of today in our classrooms, to show them how it is in the world around them." He said he has only seldom been invited to speak in high schools or elementary schools even in his Red Deer home, to explain the situation in developing countries, so the students would be able to better understand their world. "The feai' of public opinion or tlie disinterest by teachers in the affairs of their nation - or their world - is regrettable," Mr. Thbmpson said. UiiiversitY President Retiu'iis U n i v fi rsity of Lethbridge President Dr. Sam Smith returned to the job Thursday following a nine-month sabbatical leave - and says he finds the university "in as good healtli as I'm in." Dr. Smitii spent the time st,udying university and other education systems in a number of different counb'ies, while re- DR. SAM SAIirn . . . back on the job cuperating from a serious back ailmfint. Academic Vice-President Dr. Bill Beckel was acting president during Dr. vSmith"s absence. "I must commei'il on t.lic excellent job Dr. Bcckel did while I was away," the presideiit said. "In fact the place is in better shape now than it was when I Left." Dr. Smith '.s preparing a i-e-port on his ti-avels - and some futui-e plans for the univereity based on his education studies -for presentation first to the U of L faculty and administration, and then for public release. He expressed pleasure at the rapid progi-ess of new campus construction and internal development during the past year, but said he was somewhat conoerned about the university's bleak financial picture. He said liis back problems have completely cleared up, and anticipat&s no further difficulties. WEST TIRE 1203 2nd AVE. SOUTH AL JANZEN and RUDY BOLDT Remind You ONE WEEK ONLY IB UN LOP SILENT TRACTION These are the true low "profile" tires. Twin whiiewall.';. Available in all sizes. 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