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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Thursday, October 8, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HfRAtt Superintendents Visit Foreign Lands Dr. 0. P. Larson, Superin- tendent of Public Schools and Mr. R. A. Kimmitt, Superin- tendent of Separate Schools tor this city, recently made a very extensive tour of countries in Europe where they looked into many and varied educational institutions. Mr. Kimmitt sent back to teachers in the Separate Sys- tem a detailed and highly in- formative account of his trip as the group moved from na- tion to nation. It all started in New York City where the group assembled. What follows is a series of extracts taken directly from Mr. Kimmitt's accounts. NEW YORK CITY The immensity of the school system is overwhelming with BO.OOO teachers and perhaps 2 million youngsters I-was thrilled by one large open area where six teachers and six stu- dent teachers taught about Iffi grade one younsters. The area is a wing of the whole building circular and domed. The dia- meter is about 100 feet. In the center is a smaller circular area about 30 feet across with moveable walls. In this smaller area is a flat floor circled all round by a raised platform with 3 steps circling Ihe room such that the whole 125 little people could gather for listening or activities or both. The "classrooms" sur- rounded the middle area. There were no partitions except some waist-high bookshelves. Each teacher and student was talk- ing to about 10 youngsters. The library was upstairs over the above mentioned inner circle. You see here the possibilities if vie ever want to convert a gymnasium to an open area for leaching. The center of the gym would have a mezzjuiine and instructional area a'U around the rim of the gym. We spent a half day at a larger high school in the heart of Manhattan Island students grades 9 to 12. Per- haps negroes, 500 Puerto Ricans, 500 orientals, im- migrant whites from Europe and New York whites, 297 adults in the building including two white policemen and a spe- cial negro policeman counsel- Useful Lives For Blind In February, the Outward Bound School, LoLtokitok, Kenya, accepted 7 blind volun- teers for training. Outward Bound Schools profess a phil- osophy and design a curicu- lum to bring out the best of manly qualities: courage, co- operation, patience and endur- ance, to mention a few. All these are developed through di- rect confrontation: woodsman- ship, exploration, mountaineer- ing, horsemanship in addition to a regular round with books The Rflyal Commonwealth So- ciety for the Blind needed to prove to all Africans that blind people could live useful lives. The society selected three Ugandans, two Kenyans and two Tanzanians for training to climb the foot Kiliman- jaro mountain which straddles the equator and yet is snow capped all the year round. It took the climbers nine hours to hack their way over the last feet, cutting steps in the hard snow and working under sub-zero conditions. The cost, dollars per climber, was met by contri- butions from students in thirty- five schools throughout Britain. It was a success story for all involved Commonwealth Edu- cation Committee, August, 1970. lor. The social studies depart- ment had 45 teachers all with a minimum of a master's degree in history a teacher with a master's degree and a few years sxpzrience is being paid close to A principal will be paid This high school of students has a library less than Catholic Cen- tral. The A-V man knows about overhead projectors but doesn't have any. FINLAND TL i first day here we spent in two elementary schools. One had 50 adults in it which in- cluded some student teachers. There were youngsters grade 1 to 9. In grade 2 they drille'' on then- 2 and 3 and 4 times tables about the same way I used to do it in grade 3 some 35 years ago in a one-room school. The little people are given a reader which is thoroughly digested by much drill, reading in unison and explanations. Libraries are practically non-existent. 90 per cent of the Finns are Luther- ans so it is possible to have a religious bent to instruction. In spite of the traditional approach and the lock step method of instruction there is a warm rapport l.-tween teachers and students. The second school we saw was in. suburban Helsinki about 10 teachers for 200 young- sters all a young staff and congenial. Elementary teachers are plentiful they normally are traicd for two or three years in an elementary teachers' col- lege. Their pay is not ti-.e best. In general the Finns are doing a good job of elementary education considering their scattered populations in a for- bidding climate. MOSCOW, RUSSIA. My main purpose here is to study the education of Soviet children. If I dwell at length on some of my experiences here, you must draw your own conclusions on the type of so- ciety surrounding the future generation of Russians edu- cation is not only in the schools. Wednesday we set out for a school specializing in mathe- matics and physics. True to form we started late and got lost. Eventually we arrived at a drab looking building in a drab neighbourhood. About 15 of us gathered in the principal's office for an hour's orientation. The lady vice-principal was having a ball until the lady dis- trict superintendent showed up and she took over. Superintend- ents should be :seen and not heard! She was head girl in a popu- lation of with stu- dents in the palm of her hand. The younger teachc-rs were making a fair start on mini- skirts but she. was elegantly dressed in a formal finely woven grey suit, blouse, flower, skirt below the knee, fine cot- ton stockings, majestic hairdo and an air of "I am the .She knew her pedagogy and she knew all about our peda- gogy. We roamed the school. I saw kids hi Grade 7 doing Grade 10 physics. Remember tliis is a school for the elite. The new Addison Wesley was there in Russian. I have no evidence of who educates the tow normal and the malcontents in Russia. Any youngster with a reserved seat here and in a warm build- ing is working and liking it. Perhaps our comprehensive schools which cater to all and sundry are a mistake. Teachers are competent students are learning. Corporal punishment is forbidden Students Remark On LCI My initial reaction upon view- ing our new school was one of utter amazement; I could not believe how the turned a trip upstairs into a mile hike. The number of stairs remained the same, however the distance from one flight of stairs to the next flight seems infinite. I can well remember the good old days when the trip vip the stairs tired one out, not the distance between flights. It seems that by the time you've reached the next flight, the energy you used climbing the first flight is regained, but you've lost it again by the lime you reached the second flight. One thing is sure: our athletic teams will be in good shape! Andreachufc ized classrooms. The new addi- tions have really improved the school but I think that if it had been possible the construction of a school on the south side would have been more conven- ient. Tanner The first tiling that struck me when I walked info LCI was the confusion. People every- where! To accommodate this large number of students, the stairways had been made twice as wide. True, there were twice as many people on the stairs, but traffic was moving twice as slow! When I looked around the school, I was quite disap- pointed because it was quite a way from being completed. The two big changes evident were the new science labs and cafeteria. The labs had new equipment and gave you some- thing to look forward to. The cafeteria was also a big step forward. It didn't have the cold and dull look of the old one and made the thought of eating lunch at school not such a burden. When I stop to con- sider the changes that have or will be made in LCI, lam quite impressed at what a great school it will be. Sato The LCI has changed to a better and more organised school. The new entrance is larger and will better facilitate the coming and going of all the students. The halls are wider and allow better and quicker movement of students. The new cafeteria is a large improve- ment upon the old one and with the split lunch hours the stu- dents are better and more quickly served. The new sci- ence wing eliminates the un- necessary running to and from labs and allows more organ- When several thousand LCI students filed through the doors this they found a pleasant surprise. The new addition pro- vided a bright, clean and mod- ern look to the school. Although not quite finished, it updates many of the facili- ties and adds much needed room. Tile cafeteria with its many tables, bright sliiny fix- tures and sunlight adds a bright note. The new science and language labs help to en- rich science and language classes with the most modern facilities. I personally think the addition is great! Sproul Looking at LCI today cre- ates varied feelings. The new addition, though not yet com- pleted, is a large improvement. It makes classes somewhat more enjoyable to have a mod- ern and conveniently equipped school. I particularly like the archi- tecture; the rugged wooden beams that make up the ceil- ing, the wide, staircases and the modern cafeteria and hall- ways. Tire disappointment lies in the contrast between the new and old sections. Much work still needs to be done to bring t h e LCI to a high and mod- ern standard. Fleming As a student who was away from LCI last year, I w a s quite astonished at the extent of the new construction. The spacious modem type cafe- teria was the first thing that caught my eye; it is quite an improvement over the crowded facilities and long lines endured in our old mess hall! A spacious front entrance is also a big improvement, giving the students a place to stop and talk without hanging around the halls. The stairways still get crowded but at least the ten minute break gives you time to get to your room without Jut- ting sixty miles per hour down straight-a-ways. The larger number of students could be undesirable, but most classes are an average if not small in size. Norman Kasting There's the old, the new, and the not-quite finished. I am im- pressed with the new. disap- pointed with the old (because it's still the and an- xious for the unfinished to be- come finished. The cafeteria is a one hundred percent improve- ment. I like being able to look out- side while I eat an order of hamburger and French fries. Thank goodness for the tele- phones! Now, instead of the teachers sending us down two flights of stairs, through two halls and back up again, they send themselves to the wall and dial two numbers. Lazy? Maybe. Mills Well, it certainly is a change from what it used to be like. I feel that everyone appreciates all the new facilities that we have. Our cafeteria, although I wouldn't mind a little more time to enjoy it, is fabulous. Our beauty culture room has opened up an entirely new course for many students. I think the physical education teachers like the idea of tlic new gym. The latest is the way the teachers communicate; by phone. I feel that LCI has made many changes for the better, and I only wish I could be here a little longer to enjoy and appreciate the new facili- ties Mezei The addition to the L.C.I, has brought many changes, but the two that have impressed me the most are the cafeteria ;uid laboratory facilities. They are vast improvements over the; cramped conditions of last year, and the new system of lunch shifts has also helped to ease the overcrowding situa- tion. The idea of a smoking lounge is a good one too, as it will prevent the waslirooms from becoming unbearably stuffy vitb smoke. I think the new addition will be a pleasant change and a welcome im- provement. Nieboer, R2U there is almost always a cam- araderie among teachers anc students. They go to scSr.ol six days a week for nine months. There is no Grade 11 and 12 in Russia. The pre-schcols and kinder- gartens here are tha best in the world. I wish we were making a better start on day care cen- ters for childen of working mothers or any mothers asking for the service. The University in Moscow fc a magnificent assembly of buildings on a breathtaking expansive campus. The intel- lectually elite are sought out and brought here on scholar- ships and monthly state allow- ances. CZECHOSLOVAKIA We were addressed at a sum- mar Czechoslovakia, land, Spain and Ireland will concede the report in the mat issue of 'School-in'. The Haiku This selection comes rroro the English 30 class Catholic Central High School, Lett, bridge. 1. Like a fire's blaze People stop No hand offered. 2. The light streams in- Barred in a fruitless haven Society's sin. 3. A thousand colors A million sounds One narrow infinity! 4. Cannons, guns Atomic warheads Love' thy neighbor. 5. Winging up and down, be goes, 'jas Seagull glides I stumble along. 6. Millipedes march on a thousand I have a hole in my shoe. 7. Soiled linen on an antique table: Metropolis. 8. A billion vears led to this The man picks at a pimple. 9. On a peaceful morning golden light streams Not for all 10. Sunlight, sunset all too quick- Cold road. 31. Child playing, mother praying Storm's stewing. Tranquility. 32. Cold hungry snow! The wind howls. I hear a skylark. 13. Sweet and sticky cookies The shelf is high A flower blooms. 14. Cat and dog fight on Tuesday The church bells toll 15. The snow has fallen on trees. A robin on the fence- Is weeping. 16. The army of ants crawls Climbing the ivory The tower falls. J7. Warmth, food laughter, Firelight A child cries. 18. To live our life for what it a day. 10. Rainbows, hail, snow! Rivers, lakes and Dead fisl, and black waters. 20. Spider or. the wall! Cobweb creates cobweb and love! 21. Rushing shock brings quiet silence. 22. Flower petals open In all their magnificence. The wind blows 23. A blade of grass to a star in the sky can man's existence be considered more. 24. A child is born Such a happy day. The pains of ;