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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Former teacher speaks; Hutterite education 'suffering9 By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Most Hutterite children are being taught by teachers with' 'one foot in the grave" or by teachers who have been labeled 'less desirable" by school administrators, says a man with 19 years of teaching experience in Hutterite schools To make a bad education situation even worse when a school board transfers a teacher to a colony, the teacher is left there until he or she dies or resigns from the school system, 73-year-old George Spencer said in an interview Some of the Alberta colonies he taught in include the Old and New Elm colonies near Magrath, the 0 K colony at Raymond, the West Raley colony near Cardston, the Hand Hills colony at Hanna and the Standoff colony "Nobody without a lot of life and desire to teach in a one-room school should be allowed to teach the Hutterite children, he insists Mr Spencer who retired in 1969 after 38 years of teaching, claims that it wasn't until the last five or six years that school boards began to discipline teachers by sending them to Huttente colonies He finds this action by the school boards "deplorable "It is bad for the teacher and bad for the he says 'Boards don't care9 The Huttentes have not "always had the best of teachers and the practice of sending teachers to colonies against their will indicates that school boards are not concerned about the stan- dard of education in colony schools he suggests Mr Spencer says he per- sonally knows of five teachers who have been transferred to Hutterite colonies during the last five vears against their will Contrary to Southern Alberta gossip he says, the Huttentes believe in education and they want to be educated "They just don't know i how to go about getting it He says adult members f the Hutterite colonies come to his residence every evening to gain an education they were deprived of early in life Hamilton Jr. High's RCMP project gets George Spencer They had a tremendous desire to learn even after a full da> of hard labor he says Eager students Mr Spencer says the most difficult task he faced while teaching school was that of encouraging students to learn when they didn t want to leam He found that task less difficult in the colony schools Colony children were more willing to learn because school was their major activity and they didn't have dis tractions such as television to interfere with good study habits city kids are looking at trash instead of doing homework hew suggests Discipline is another major problem facing teachers in todav s schools Again Mr Spencer says it is much easier to maintain discipline in a Huttente school The main discipline problem in larger schools is caused by parental indifference or "my kid can't do anything wrong attitudes If Hutterite parents had anv complaints about how he disciplined their child or about what their child was being taught they contacted the German teacher who then dis- cussed the parents concerns with him Mr Spencer says This communication process usually satisfied all concerned parties he says CGiGilj' uSS 3 uciuidii tcaCiicr who iS the spiritual leader of the children Twice a day The German teacher teaches the Huttente children for one hour before school officially starts each morning and again following regular school classes in the afternoons Teaching eight grades in a one-room school is not a dif- ficult task according to Mr Spencer In fact, he says it is easier than teaching one grade all day in larger schools He believes a student acquires a better education if taught on an individualized basis You must be able to reach each individual child before you can make progress with him he explains The Hutterite schools can provide for more in- dividualized attention for each student if the school is operated as a family unit Because of the small number of students in each grade, the colony school teacher can spend more time with the children in the higher grades The students in the lower grades also receive individual instruction through the assistance of the older children who act as instructional aides for the teachei More time per pupil is where progress starts says Mr Spencer At least it s not like feeding pigs at a trough Advice for others What advice does he have for a new teacher in a Huttente colony school9 Be punctual and demand promptness and regularity of attendance from the Huttente children and operate the school with an open-door policy It is important that adults on the colony understand that they are welcome to visit the school if they desire to do so, Mr Spencer says There are some teachers who keep colony school doors locked, he explains Mr Spencer s interest in the Huttentes didn't cease with his retirement from the teaching profession in 1969 During the past two vears he has visited more than 65 colonies in Canada and the U S to gam an even greater understanding of the Huttente people He hopes to bind his knowledge between the covers of a book in the near future Hamilton Junior High School has been awarded a grant of for the prepara- tion and showing of a travelling audio visual exhibit dealing with the early years of the RCMP The grant, made by the RCMP Century Celebrations Committee, is part of celebrations marking the 100th anniver- sary of the establishment of the RCMP The project will be headed by Bruce Haig, Grade 8 and 9 social studies teacher and will involve students from these two grades as well as volunteers and paid assistants This winter the group will collect ex- hibits, shoot film and do research and next summer the exhibit will tour the province for the showing Mr Haig, an audio visual specialist at Hamilton Junior High, has been working with his students on research of the RCMP and Northwest Mounted Police Members from his audio visual classes last May took a 10-day field trip from Dufferm, Man to Fort Macleod com- memorating the trek west 100 years ago of the RCMP The exhibit will become the property of the Alberta RCMP Century Celebrations Committee which will transfer it to a museum of its choice The school will receive an initial grant of from the committee with the balance to be paid in the 1973-74 fiscal year subject to the receipt of a firm schedule of the itinerary planned for the exhibit and interim progress report both of which must be approved by the committee The project will involve about 80 students in the first semester and about the same number in the second semester, says Mr Haig, and a small number of students during the summer when the ex- hibit is ueing shown The first stop on the itinerary is Monday in Fort Macleod when the group will be looking for the original site of the RCMP outpost which got washed away in a flood District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbndge, Alberta, Saturday, October 13, 1973 Pages 17-32 Hyndman's letter irks city trustee Mr. and Mrs Oscar Drijber in Lethbndge with photo of slam daughter Father of girl shot in Africa claims Ottawa blind to truth By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer "The Canadian government is trampling the democratic principles and truth and justice with its feet, Oscar Drijber, father of a 19-year- old Rockwood, Ont, girl shot last spring on the Zambia- Rhodesian border, claimed Friday in Lethbndge Dr Drijber's daughter was one of two Canadian girls kill- ed on the Zambei River at 'Victoria Falls May 15 Louise Sinclair, of Guelph, Ont was the other victim in the Zambian attack on a party of four Two others, John Caruthers, and his wife Carol, escaped The incident brought conflicting reports from Zam- bia and Rhodesia, Zambia accepted responsibility and claimed the girls were shot by a lone sentry fearing a mis- sion of sabotage while they were swimming in Zambian waters Rhodesia said the deaths were idle, deliberate and cold- blooded murder and called the Zambian explanation, "so transparently fatuous as to be quite unacceptable Mr Drijber said the Cana- dian government's reaction goes against the fundamental process of law "In this case however, the only thing which has been heard and has been listened by our Minister of External Af- fairs is the Zambian Mr Drijber said "It is a custom ma court of- justice if a criminal is brought before the judge that the judge hears the evidence of the criminal as well as the witnesses and any other person who may be concerned or know anything about the he said "There is a big stink going on about this murder and they want to sweep it under the carpet." he told a public meeting Mr Drijber says he has made representations to the external affairs department and claims Wellington South MP Alfred Hales is now work- ing on his behalf Mr Drijber says he is not out to elicit the sympathy of the Canadian people for the personal loss he has suffered "I want the truth out so peo- ple know reallv what happen- ed and if truth is out then justice will take its course Mr Drijber showed slides taken at the scene of the murders and charted the ac- tivities of the party on the afternoon of the slayings as reported by the two survivors He told the meeting, spon- sored by the Canadian League of Rights that Zambian claims the party was swimm- ing in Zambian waters at the time of the incident were false It is impossible to swim in the Zambesi River near where the slayings occurred, said Mr Drijber "At the entrance to the third gorge on the day of the murder gallons of water per second went through there and the width is only between 80 and 120 he said Mr Drijber, who assisted in rescue operations and in a Rhodesian search for his daughter, who has never been found, returned to Victoria Falls this summer to collect evidence Both sides of the border are parkland, said Mr Drijber and the party of four were on a sight seeing visit to Victoria Falls after being forced to re- main in Rhodesia for three weeks longer than planned awaiting the renewal of their Zambian visas cancelled at the Zambia border Witnesses on the Zambian side of the Zambesi River reported shooting for about four hours by machine guns and automatic weapons, says Mr Drijber And marks on the rock wall where the party sought cover show about 50 bullets were fired he said The Zambian government in a May 31 communique said the white minority govern- ment of Rhodesia must bear direct responsibility for the deaths because it allowed them to enter a high- tension area Mr Drijber disputes the Victoria Falls area is a high- tension "The only way we can find out the reason for the shooting is by getting it to the Inter- national Court of Justice he said And in order to get that I must have the state back me up and in order to force Canada to do it I'll have to get the true facts to be known As a single person you can i ao anything he said By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A provincial government elected representative does not have the right to tell elected school board trustees what they can or can t say in public a local public school trustee says Dr Doug McPherson says an open letter to Alberta school trustees from Lou Hyndman was hardly called for' Mr Hvndman in the letter, says a series of remarks reported in the public media and attributed to school trustees "are of serious concern to your government' He singled out trustee com ments that claimed school grants are decreasing the department of education sup- ports "galloping costs and school board spending is restricted to a 7 5 per cent increase The lack of facts to back up these statements has en couraged considerable mis understanding by the public he says Dr McPherson says trustees, like anybody else, should have their facts straight before they speak on an issue publicly But if the minister is upset about what a trustee says then he should either discuss the situation with the trustee in volved or publicly explain the government s point of view on the issue raised "I hardly feel it called for an open letter to all trustees just because he feels one or two trustees didn t have their facts straight he suggests Mr McPherson says he would be very "disturbed if the minister intended to curb legitimate dissent about government policy that is be- ing voiced publicly by school trustees Mr Hyndman s open letter claims the public must be given four facts that have been previously mis- represented to the public He says grants per pupil and the total number of depart- ment of education grants to school boards increased by approximately million this Doug McPherson has been no significant change in the proportion of the educa- tion budget that is being used to administer the department of education His third point of concern involved the education staff which he says has only been increased marginally There have been allegations that new government programs in education have created a substantial increase in department staff, he said Mr Hyndman's fourth point was that the per cent in increase of government grants to school boards in 1973 over 1972 was greater than in any other province Expo '74 rep here Wednesday A speaker and slides from Expo 74 the world's fair to be held next year in Spokane, Wash will highlight the fifth annual meeting of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta Wednesday The meeting will be held in the Round-up Room of the El Rancho Motor Hotel, beginn- ing with cocktails at 6 30 p m auu uitiiicr at 7 p In nCkctS Secondly he claims there are per person South firms get gov't loans Ten Lethbndge firms and 22 other Southern Alberta businesses have received Alberta Opportunity Company low-interest loans to the end of August, a government publication shows A complete list of the incen- tive loans some of which caused a brief ruckus in the provincial legislature last spr- ing when the government at first refused to disclose the in- dividual recipients of the loans has been published in the Alberta Gazette Some of them had been previously revealed after the opposition in the legislature charged political patronage in the granting of the loans a claim that was denied by Lougheed's Conservatives The 10 Lethbndge firms listed in the Gazette received loans totalling while the 22 firms in the dis- trict received loans totalling some 000 Lethbndge firms receiving loans were Aqua Tech Ltd manufac- turer of activated carbon received to establish its plant Majority owners are listed as L B Gibson E A Ellergodl, and A Barrett Asia Garden Restaurant Ltd received to assist in financing construc- tion of a fully licences restaurant, dining lounge and banquet room featuring Chinese and Polynesian foods Majority owners are W P Poon K Jang, J P Quan, S Wong S Lim Ducan Industries Ltd manufacturer of furnishings, cushions, drapes and bedding for travel trailers and mobile homes, received for inventory financing Majonty owner is P D Pastoor Gamnte Feeds Ltd receiv- ed 000 to erect and equip its cattle hog, poultry and turkey feed production plant Majority owners are Lelard Burr, F M Christie and T R Little Cast Upholstery Ltd fur- niture manufacturer, receiv- ed a 000 building loan Ma- jority owners are Erich Cast and Anne Cast Western Truck Body Mfg Ltd manufacturer of truck and caterpillar cabs received 500 for purchase of equip- ment and construction of a new plant Majority owners are Leo Zelant, E F Filan, Dan Filan and R Zelant Holiday Village Ltd received for construc- tion and purchase of equipment Majontv owner is Art Batty Lethbndge Caterers Ltd received to assist in financing construction of a 96- room hotel Majority owners are Sven Encksen and E F Smith Sunburst Ceramics Ltd manufacturer of ceramic Jcitchenware, artwork and 'dinnerware, received two loans of and for additional working capital and expansion of plant and equipment Majority owners are Ralph A Thrall Jr and William MrPherson Wisk Beverages Ltd bottler of non-alcoholic beverages received for purchase of land, equipment and inventory and construc- tion of building Majority owners are Cornelius and Monika Wiskerke Southern Alberta firms out- side Lethbndge to receive loans were Alberta Alfalfa Products Ltd of Brooks to build an alfalfa dehydrating plant Alberta Inns Ltd of Claresholm 500 to build a motel Alberta Western Beef Co Ltd of Medicine Hat loans of and to reactivate the company's processing and subse- quent expansion Alta-Fresh Produce Ltd of Taber two loans of 000 each to assist in establishing a fresh vegetables processing plant Brooks Food Industries Ltd 255 for plant buildings and production equipment Butte Feeds Ltd of Picture Butte 000 for additional facilities and equipment to provide a steam rolling process for the manufacture of feed for livestock Castle Mountain Resorts Ltd of Pmcher Creek 000 to develop ski slopes, repair existing equipment and build a chalet Continental Inns Ltd of Medicine Hat to assist with construction of a motor hotel Diamond S Produce Ltd of Barnwell 200 to assist in construction of a potato storage plant and purchasing equipment Hat Travel Ltd of Medicine Hat for construc- tion of a 51-unit motel with pool and sauna Heritage Motor Hotel Ltd of Taber 000 for construction of a motor hotel with banquet and cabaret facilities, beverage room, restaurant, licensed dining room bar, and swimming pool Mank Western Ltd of Medicine Hat to construct new plant facilities for the manufacture of hockev sticks Milk River Golf Course 000 for improvements to a community golf course serv- ing five small rural areas Newell Vegetable Co-op Lid of Brooks loans of and 000 for plant and equipment and working capital for vegetable process- ing and marketing Pak-Wel Produce Ltd of Vauxhall loans of 000 and for plant facilities to process local crops S F Scott Mfg Co Ltd of Medicine Hat for inventory financing The firm manufacturers playground equipment and Christmas decorations Southern Alberta Snack Foods Ltd of Taber 000 to finance a new plant facility for production of potato chips and corn products Tel Star Motel Ltd of Brooks to build a 49-umt motel with restaurant facilities Tirol Dehydraters Ltd of Tilley loans of and 865 to assist in es- tablishing and expanding an alfalfa dehydrating plant V and B Feeds Ltd of Vaux- hall 500 for construction of building and purchase of equipment for a steam rolling process Vauxhall Foods Ltd 000 for financing of land, building and equipment for es- tablishing a potato processing plant Wittke Iron Works Ltd of Medicine Hat two loans of 000 and for reloca- tion of plant and expansion of production capacity through purchase of new equipment ;