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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 7HI UTHBR1DGE HE-RAID Saturday, October 3, You Ask Me By RIC SWIHART QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg. Advance fit mil What Is happening tn mciviedum? A in almost any paper for 'he movie advertisements brings only a list of adult, restricted-adult or not suitable for children classifica- appears lo be coming, however subtly, is that one of days Hollywood mil find itself without a following because movies are beiJig produced outside the realm of Uv younger generation. A tradition of spending a few hours at the theatre is dying for those too young to meet the standards of the adult classifications, simply because there is very little family- type entertainment available. Apparently the situation in Lethbridge is hampered by a difficulty in obtaining movies not classed as adult enter- tainment. Family type movies are indeed conspicuous by their absence when tiie nominations are announced for the Academy Award. One could rarile on about the easy money made from low-cost movies which, by law, are limited to viewing by adults. Talking is not going to do anything for the youths who because they can't go to a movie for enjoyment or an education, are missing what has been a lifestyle for many people. Toe number of classics the movie industry has produced over the years is almost endless. These movies were suc- cesses when released because they were worth seeing for other than a satisfaction of carnal tastes they told a story and gave a lesson much like a good poem or other work of art is capable of. Wouldn't it be great to be able to take one's children to see White Christmas, Going My Way, The Bird of a Nation or Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse or to see productions Involving old tune favorites like W. C. Fields or the Three Stooges? The hours of laughter, tears and enjoyment had to have some affect on the movie patrons, especially the youth. Another avenue to investigate on the local scene in an attempt to get entertainment "suitable" for all, is live pro- duction numbers or shows. The Scot's Committee of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Is to be commended for bringing the White Heather Scottish Concert to town. 1 would presume the committee presented the concert to make money and if so, I hope the coffers at the church were filled to the top if for no other reason than to assure another presentation. When a group or organization can sell 960 tickets for per person, there is to rent a theatre, pay a group and figure a profit margin. Surely there is a private enterprise here which could turn a similar venture into a profitable busi- ness. I would heartily wish any person who would initiate such a venture great success, because it would be the citizenry in general and the youths in particular who would profit the most. I had the opportunity to listen to the Winston Churchill High School band under the direction of Willie Mathis the other night, and it was delightful to say the least. There are factions in any community with the thoughts that a school band is necessary only to keep a few more kids off the streets. Besides teaching the obvious things, par- ticipation in a band has many positive effects on youth. With these thoughts at the top of the list, why can't the people of Lethbridge and southern Alberta become the sel- fish, music hungry types they are capable of being and push for the upgrading and establishment of such groups for their own enjoyment. If there aren't enough people of the calibre of Willie Mathis, import them. It is time for the people who sit back and constantly complain of the lack of suitable entertainment in the city to do something about it. The adult movie has it's place in society and is here to stay. To make sure family entertainment will not only stay but will increase in availability and quality, support every production as if it was the last show. Public support is the biggest single gauge for success o! a show or production and with enough support, "suitable" entertainment will soon be in the majority. learn at home By HON C'ALDWELL Staff Writer sleep in tomorrow so it won't bother him. He's really learn- ing something of value and lie can do il because he doesn't Tnc children of Dr. and Mrs.: carl tomorrow P-i to enls say they probably never go bed and r, get up when they are ready. Twins Steve and Ian, 11 Da- 'd th ,re vid, 9, and adopted children I, J Tuny, 9, and Nicola. 3, stay at home and learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it something that is impossible in the regular school system. Dr. Kuijt, professor and chair- man of the biological sciences department at the University of Lethbridge, says an over all dissatisfaction school systems in general led to the family's decision not to enrol their children in a city school. "The schools create and per- petuate dependency, and this is wrong. Children should learn to be independent. "But what's far more serious is that they show no dignity or respect for children. This "lack Mrs. Kuijt said. of personal respect is one of the most shocking aspects of the school system." Dr. Kuijt said. The Kuijts have their own view on the purpose of educa- tion. "The purpose of education, as we see it, is to learn to be said Jean Kuijt, who holds an Alberta teaching cer- tificate. "Kids don't learn nearly as much from classes as they do from living most of what our children learn, thev learn on their own. and fix their own meals, except for dinner. They have almost total freedom. "They have as much free- dom as they want, as long as it doesn't interfere with other said Mrs. Kuijt. "In this way they learn to respect the rights of others." "Naturally there are break- downs in this added Dr. Kuijt. "But we try to treat the children as human beings, not just children, so it usually works out." The freedom also extends to other areas. "The children can go to a regular school anytime they want the decision is HOME CLASSROOM The five Kuijt children con- holds an abstract art creation and Nicola, 3, discusses centrate on their special interests. T'ony, 9, plays the guitar the situation with Napoleon the hamster, while twins Steve and Ian, 11, study a skull. David, Steven admitted to being un- der pressure not to go to school "From his mother asked. "From Steven an- swered. "I don't want to go." The main attraction school holds for the Kuijt children is the opportunity to associate with children their own age. "I'd probably have more friends if I went to Steven said. "But that's just be- cause there would be more kids there and I would probably have more enemies too." Reaction from friends and The Kuijt children have been neighbors to the unusual tcach- ing methods has been varied. learning by this method since they came to Lethbridge three years ago. Their parents admit they have doubts about what they are doing, but Dr. Kuijt said they have no plans to change their system. "Whenever I have second thoughts that maybe we're doing the wrong thing then I have a third thought that it is 'People are usually intrigued by what we're said Dr. Kuijt. "They may not agree with it but they are still in- trigued." Some are intrigued enough to send their pre school children to the Kuijt home every day. "We have five three, four and five year olds in here until early in the said definitelv better than the regu-1 Mrs. Kuijt. "They follow the lar scho'ol system." j same pattern as our own young- Mrs. Kuijt believes the school j sters system is failing because mc places too much emphasis on reading. "If a child can't read, he is held back even though he may be able to do other things well. That's wrong. sometimes, our four boys act as teachers." "We would like to start a pri- vate school but that's a lot more difficult. There are more regu- lations for private schools. The big one is to promise to follow the school curriculum of Alber- ta, and we're not about to prom- "One of our children may not; jsc A section of the Alberta read well now. but when he finds he needs to read in order to do something else he wants Mrs. Kuijt said. "Tony wanted to start cook- ing, but he had to learn to read so he could understand the re- cipes. So, he learned to read that way." i David is deeply involved in reading at the present time. j "I love to he said. i "I even stayed up until four I o'clock one morning to finish a j book I got interested in." Steven recently spent an eve- ning with a group of university j students studying skeletons at the Lethbridge Community Col- lege. "He probably won't be home until after midnight, but he'll School Act which states that a child may be kept at home so long as adequate instruction is provided, has allowed the Kuijts to educate their children in their own way. becomes drudgery it's like washing dishes. Learning should be a joyous said Mrs Dr. and Mrs. Kuijt feel the answer is a "free school" tem where all children are free to learn at their own pace. But, they feel it will take at least a generation to establish such a system because a majority of teachers today believes hi the traditional methods of educa- tion. LI North side power outage on Sunday There will be an electrical power outage in northwest Lethbridge Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The area affected is the east side of 12th St. B N. and the west side of 12th St. C N. be- tween 10th Ave. and 13th Ave. N. All homes from 13th Ave. N. to St. Catherine Road and St. Andrew Road to St. Basil Road will also be affected. The outage is necessary to enable electrical department crews to upgrade the voltage to volts from volts. The move is part of a con- tinuing program to imptovs service in the city. ELECT EXPERIENCE For COUNCIL VOTE TOMMY WORKOUT The Kuijt youngsters spend much of their time on the ropes and bars Inserted by T. I. FERGUSON in their basement gymnasium. DISLIKE TASTE Many people buy spring water i becrvse they dislike the taste of i '.Lip water, specially in mixed drinks. HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. S. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS Invitations Announcement! (24 Hour Service If Necessary) Bride Books Thank You Cards Napkini Matches We provide Complimentary Personalized Head Table Place Cords with each Order! FREE CUSTOMER PARKING TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY Choose wisely tha monu- mont to honor your loved ones. Wo wilt be pleased to assist you. LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS LTD. "Wa hav- been Satlifying (or Over 60 Ycori" 325 8lh St. S., 327-3920 City ranking first in fire prevention Park lias record attendance Lethbridge ranks first in the category of Alberta's largest ci- ties in fire prevention during the week preceding Fire Pre- vention Week, Oct. 3-9. There has been only hvo fires in Lethbridge since Sept. 27 and both were garbage fires result- ing in no property loss, injury o- death. Calgary reported 13 fires, causing a total loss of compared with eight fires in Edmonton which caused dam- age totalling In all other areas of the prov- ince, there were five fires re- Alcohol film Bitter Winds, an educational film about the alcohol problem among Indians in the U.S., will be shown to the general public at the Letlibriclge Friend ship Centre tonight at R o'clock. The film deals with lire down- fall, realizations of a problem, and the comeback for an In- dian involved with liquor. The color film will last about tn minutes. Refreshments will be available at tire ccnl.-e. Tho public is invited. There Is no charge. ported for a loss of The provincial total for the week stands at fires for a loss of During the same period in li'TO, there were a total of 73 fires reported in Alberta with fire damage loss of One large fire during this week caused damage to n mobile home in Brcoks. The cause is thought to be from an oil furnace flooding and ignit- ing. Other causes of the fires this week have been children play- ing with niatflio.s and elcctri- c.ii short circuits. There has been no injury or death attributed to any of tlie 26 fires this week. The number of visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park this year was a record with people passing through the gates. The first time the park reach- ed the mark was 1967 with attendance at S11.522. In 1968, attendance dropped to 513.970 and in 19G9 it dropped to Attendance in 1970 was 321. The increase of 34.3C6 in j 1971 is equivalent to 6.6 per cent. Leonard Gladstone, a parks spokesman, said the figures were taken from April through September each year. MQSCOVICH, MOSCOVICH, SPANOS and MATISZ LAW OFFICES Moved lo Equity Building 424 7th Street South Half block south of Marquis Hotel TEtEPHONE 327-1555 Wrong man Gene Charles Golish. 16, was sentenced to three months in jail in Lethbridge magistrate's court Wednesday, not his broth- er .John Golish as reported in Thursday's Herald. The Herald apologizes for any embarrassment or inconveni- ence caused by Thursday's story. FOR A POSITIVE VOICE ON COUNCIL FOR A FRESH NEW APPROACH FOR CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS AND PROGRAMS FOR GOOD CIVIC GOVERNMENT JENSEN, Dwight R. X Inserted by the Jensen Campaign. Committee ;