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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 3, 1974 Pages 15-28 School planning scheme is slowed because of teachers9 objections SOME STUDENTS TESTED TO DETERMINE SKILLS All Grade 4 and 6 students in the public schools will be tested this month to determine what basic skills they have ac- complished and how their skill level compares to students in the same grades in other school systems "The tests will tell us in a rough way where we says Bob Plaxton, superintendent He says some teachers have been right in questioning the implementation of a new educational planning scheme (objec- tive based education) without first determining the quality of education now being offered Administrators hope the results of the tests will assist teachers who are setting minimum standards of basic skills for students in their schools The results of the tests are expected to be made public in mid October Farm mishap kills Cranford resident A 44-year-old man was kill- ed Monday when he was pinn- ed between the box and the frame of a truck at the Rock Lake Hutterite Colony, near Cranford Jacob David Entz, a resi- dent of the colony, died in- College may top pupils The frantic process of matching courses with time schedules, the renewing of friendships established the previous year and the slightly confused exploration of a new campus were all part of the registration scene at the Lethbridge Community College today When enrolment figures are tabulated for official presen- tation to the department of ad- vanced education at the end of the month, college estimate 1.200 students will have registered at the college The estimated enrolment includes the projected enrol ment for the agriculture programs, which don't begin registration until later this month The total is on par with 1973- 74 total The college pre registered 800 first year students in August Classes are to begin Wednesday Registration is to begin at the University of Lethbridge Wednesday morning stantly He was working alone on the truck when the hoist mechanism released, pinning him between the box and the frame of the truck No inquest will be held Cranford is about 20 miles east of Lethbridge A 16-year-old Coalhurst youth is reported in satisfac- tory condition in St Michael's hospital after being hit by a truck in Coalhurst Monday Lethbridge RCMP say Marvin Ruttan. 16, stepped in front of a westbound truck driven by Robert Kurze, 16, of Coalhurst The accident is still under investigation Canadian Press reports at least 17 persons died in ac- cidents in the three prairie provinces during the Labor Day weekend, with seven of the deaths occurring in Saskatchewan There were five traffic deaths and an accidental shooting in Alberta A four-car crash Sunday 10 miles north of Edmonton kill- ed Mirko Smindervoc. 49, and Michael Yurko, 15, of Lament Gerald Bradford Raymond 18 of Breynat, was killed Monday when accidentally shot while hunting a cougar in northwestern Alberta Allen Saskatchewan. 16, of Hobbema. was killed Sunday when the car in which he was riding overturned near his home town. 55 miles south of Edmonton Roberta Edoy. 69, of Ed monton was killed Sunday when a trailer being pulled by her car was stuck by another vehicle Michelle Dupuis of Morin- vile was killed Saturday in a single vehicle accident east of Slave Lake, about 45 miles north of Edmonton By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The brakes have been applied to an educational planning scheme bandwagon, less than four months after many teachers refused to hop on despite coaxing from the public school board and administrators The objective-based education scheme, introduced to public schools in February by the school board, establishes certain standards students must meet at designated points in their elementary and secondary school education In a special general meeting of the local Alberta Teachers Association in May, the teachers asked that the school board suspend the implementation of the scheme until they received more information about it They feared implementation of a new educational system without evidence that it was as good or any better than the present system The public school board and its administration have been discussing the teachers' objections to the scheme behind closed doors since May and have decided not to rush the new scheme into schools At the same time, the responsibility for setting new minimum education standards for student skills was transferred to teachers and a special workshop on objective based education (QBE) was cancelled The school board still intends to have QBE operative in all its schools within three years but the staff of each school has been given the freedom to develop its own plan to meet the three- year objective Some may begin implementing QBE this fall, others may choose to give the scheme further study and watch its progress in other schools before introducing it The public school's central office administrators will only provide assistance to school staff implementing QBE when they request it. instead of holding formal QBE workshops In response to concern expressed by teachers that the introduction of OBE would be so time-consuming that they would lose valuable classroom contact hours with students, the school board has approved the formation of committees of teachers to establish minimum standards in mathematics and language arts that must be mastered by elementary students The standards established will be made available to school staff to be used as guidelines when they set their own standards, thus saving hours of preparation time The reason the trustees suddenly switched from a quick introduction of OBE to a gradual three-year introduction was to give time to win teacher support Box Plaxton, superintendent, says it is important that all teachers be involved with OBE in its initial stages They are likely to be committed to it if they help plan it and their involvement will be a good educational exercise George Bevan, director of curriculum and instruction, says the change in approach to the implementation of OBE may make teachers aware that the school board and its administrators are not trying "to ram anything down their throats OBE, administrators claim, is simply a method of identifying what skills students should master at a predetermined level so the public knows what skills students of the school system are expected to master and whether they are mastering them Dr Plaxton doesn't expect the new standards established by school staffs to demand much higher level of skills than teachers expect students to accomplish today But, he says, it is important to establish standards that are applicable to all city public schools because standards previously established at each grade have gradually been eroded in recent years and are not clear as they used to be "Very few students fail a grade because they don't meet he points out Through OBE. he adds, every teacher in the school system will know the minimum level of skills their students should accomplish relative to a standard applicable to all students in all city schools instead of just to a small group of students "The whole idea is to be sure that we get a high quality of education as related to basic skills There will always be a few students who refuse to learn or are too emotionally disturbed to reach the minimum standard of skills, but Dr Plaxton estimates only about six per cent of the school population will not obtain the goals set for them Those failing to master the minimum standards within the established time period may have to spend another year upgrading their skills before they move on to the next level Details have not been finished, but the school board has been giving consideration to dividing the 12 grade system into four levels with the first level of minimum standards to be set at the completion of three years of schooling Dr Plaxton isn't worried that teachers will become satisfied with improving their students skills to the minimum standard level and rest on their laurels from that point on However, school staff will have to guard against putting too much emphasis on the students who haven't reached the standards and ignoring the need to teach more advanced skills to those who have already mastered the standards set for them, he admits He also doesn't see the more brilliant students being pushed through the elementary and secondary school curriculum in a short period of time simply because they have mastered the minimum standards "There is so much to learn there is no reason to push the child through the curriculum in a Dr Plaxton believes Even when OBE is fully implemented in the public school system, the school board and its administrators will not be telling teachers how to teach They can use what ever method of teaching they want as long as their students are mastering the minimum stan- dards, administrators say. The school board has not decided what teachers will serve on its system-wide committees or how they will be paid but it expects to do so in September The committees will be expected to establish a guideline for minimum standards in elementary mathematics and language arts by the end of this year Public school administrators will also define their function and inform the public of the objectives they will be seeking in 1974-75 as part of the OBE system of planning 'in addition, school principals are to immediately begin setting objectives designed to create an atmosphere in their schools that is conducive to good learning, including standards of student conduct Apple drive begins The Kiwanis Clubs of Lethbridge begin their annual apple drive today and will aim for a net profit goal of The clubs will go from door to door starting today through to Sept 20, taking apple orders or donations Maurice Mitchell, apple campaign manager, says the clubs hope to sell about 3.000 baskets of apples and receive 3.000 donations during this year's campaign WALTER KERBER photo Pulling the plug on the season That's it for another year for the city's outdoor swimmers. Reyn Johnson, head lifeguard at the Henderson Lake Pool, symbolically lifted the lid Monday and dram another summer's carefree splashing. Both the Henderson and Lions swim- ming pools closed for the season Monday to re-open next June Leroy Lion's friendly except when he gets jealous By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls in ring number three, from Budapest, Hungary, Fearless Frank Mogyorosi and his ferocious African lions1" Ringmaster Will Hutchins is in fine voice But what the ringmaster says and what the people see are two different things that is if fearless Frank's lions are in the proper mood. He steps into the cage and about the same time a four- and-a-half year old lion named Leroy leaps into the cage and gives Frank a loving hug and kiss Then, a little snack for Leroy. raw beef fed to him on the end of an ordinary kitchen fork, for Frank, another hug and a thank-you kiss from Leroy Next Raja, a six-year-old lion has his turn in the cage with Fearless Frank "Raja was two years old and very wild when we caught him in Die jungle.' com- mented Frank after the acl Raja walks slowiv around the cage to the far side and lavs down Frank pulls the lions tail in an attempt to get the lion up Failing that, he tries tickl- ing the lion's belly, only to find a giant paw come up over his head and pull him down on top of Raja A hug and a kiss and the two get up and a mo- ment of uneasiness in the crowd ends in laughter "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Mogjorosi will now attempt to put his head in the lion's mouth." savs r nngmaster International Circus delights -4HMM 4 Fearless Frank with ferocious friend Sometimes the Dons forget to read the script Step right up. come one. come all if yon didn't see the circus Saturday, you miss- ed it But for more than children of all ages who attended the two shows at the Exhibition grounds, tt was a dazzling revue of circus enter- tainers from around the world The Canadian International Circus, brought to the city by the Lethbridge Gyro Club, gathered its" talent from New Zealand. Hungary, Mexico, the United States, France, Scotland. Thailand, and Holland The clowns were out in force, jugglers and acrobats from far away places per- formed their stunts to the delight and amazement of the crowds and popcorn and cotton candy was everywhere Billed as the equilibnstic marvel of the ages. Ken Wilier awed everyone by standing on one finger, while Les Blocks from France, one of Europe's foremost high wire performers, joined a human totem pole involving three members of the act wsth the bottom man balancing Movie star and ringmaster Will "Sugarfoot" Hutchms brought the crowd's attention to each of the three rings as the entertainers performed their feats Frank prys the lion's mouth open and places his head in- side When he conies up for air. the two hug and kiss take a bow and the act is over But it's not always that simple. Frank said after the show I've been hurt lots of times. he said without a shudder "Five months ago, before a capacity Shrine Grcus crowd in New York, Leroy almost chewed my arm he added Frank said he had nine lions in the cage and one of the females was in heat when the inndeni occurred before a capacity crowd Lerov got jealous and jumped on me I put my arm up to protect my face and he nearlh tore it he said Frank's father, who died a few ago, owned the Budapest Circus and trained tigers Frank s brother, George, now has the tigers and the circus 'I don't like tigers they're too mean Frank explained OnginalK from Hungary, Frank now lives in Florida, si ;