Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbtidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 13, 1973 Pages 15-28 Local news Crop of the future They re calling corn the crop of the future in Southern Alberta. About acres of silage corn were grown in the south this year and officials of the Alberta Corn Committee expect the acreage to climb to next year. Above, C.S. (Sherry) Clark, provincial agriculture department regional di- rictor for Southern Alberta, and John Kemkers, a farmer visiting from South Africa, inspect part of the 1973 crop. Left, rows of cattle at the Tony Birch farm, nine miles east of Taber, line up for a meal of silage corn. Immediately below, a tractor pulls a forage harvester which chops the corn cobs, stalks and leaves and throws them into the wagon. Below, a quarter-mile-long central pivot irrigation system at Lakeside Feeders at Brooks. RIC SWIHART photos Parents cautioned School at age 5 often too soon By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Some children may be doing poorly in Grade 1 because their parents enrolled them in school at too early an age, says the director of pupil per- sonnel services for the public school system. F. G. Cartwright, in an interview Tuesday, said some Lethfaridge parents are of the opinion that they have to send their children to school when they reach the age of five or a truant officer will be at the door. Under the school act, a child does not have to attend school until the age of seven he says. Local public school board regulations entitle a child to begin school if five and a half years old as of Sept. 1, but the child is not required to start school at that age. Lethbridge public school system has "a lot of five- year-olds in Grade 1 who shouldn't be Mr. Cartwright said. When some mothers are in- formed that their child is not ready for Grade 1 and that it is not necessary to send a five- year-old to school .they seem to be relieved because they too didn't believe their child was ready for Grade 1, he said. NOT MATURE A five-year-old not ready for school could easily end up on the bottom of the class, but if he waits another year he could be more successful at learning the Grade 1 curriculum and as a result would likely have a better attitude toward attending school, he ex- plained. Five-year-olds not ready for school usually are small for their age. can't cope with dis- cipline, can't work atten- tively, lose interest quickly and, generally, are not as mature as other youngsters entering Grade 1. Basically, they're not ready to sit down and work with the Grade 1 curriculum, said Mr. Cartwright. "I am not saying Grade 1 curriculum is right, but it is right for most kids. It just isn't for these kids." Mr. Cartwright added, "we would encourage parents to take a good careful look at their five-year-olds's wants and needs and allow him to ex- plore life with a certain degree of independence." Parents could prepare their five-year-olds for Grade 1 by taking them on exploratory field trips and through infor- mation sessions in the home. On field trips, the parent could familiarize the child with .his environment. RECOGNIZE WORLD ft could happen during a, shopping trip, he says. The parent could point out the library, police station, grocery store, the school and the street buses as a method of helping the child recognize the world around him. In the home, the mother could take magazine and new- spaper pictures and show her five-year-old the difference between various material goods. For example, three chairs could all be different in style, but they're still all called chairs. It is even important to send a child on errands, Mr. Cartwright points out. "There is no reason why a five-year-old couldn't mail a letter at a neighborhood mailbox by himself." If parents are not sure if their five-year-old is ready for Grade 1. they can go to the School in their area and dis- cuss the child with the Grade 1 teacher or principal. Better still, they could call the per- sonnel services at the public school board and arrange- ments could be made for an interview to discuss the child's readiness for Grade 1. If a group of parents wanted to set up a meeting to discuss their five-year-Old's develop- ment with representatives from the public school system. "I'm sure it could be arranged." Mr. Cartwright said. Kindergarten teachers are also very capable of helping parents decide whether or not their child is ready for school, he said. In concluding the interview, Mr. Cartwright suggested that parents of six-year-olds should not keep them out of school without first discussing their intentions with somebody in the school system even though legally they don't have to register their children until they reach the age of seven. Too many become drivers without proper training Too many Albertans become licensed drivers without adequate training, says the Alberta Safety Coun- cil which has launched a new program called Alberta Drivers' Ground School. "With accident statistics soaring like they are, I think we should begin to question the means by which more than 50.000 new drivers prepared for their driver examinations last year." says Al Swanson. Calgary, president of the council. Mr. Swanson said that of the people granted new licenses last year, less than 25 per cent received training from professional driver educators, and only about two per cent get anything like a complete driver training program through the high schools. High school driver educa- tion is probably the best preparation for young drivers, Mr. Swanson feels. safety council's ground school, as yet available only in Calgary and Edmonton, offers to learning drivers a standar- dized, well-researched, com- plete driver education program, he says. The course has three general objectives: to help in- still in the student an attitude of personal responsibility for his actions behind the wheel; to co-operate with driving schools to teach the basic techniques and theories of driving, and to fill the need for a course short enough to keep the cost reasonable, yet long enough, including home study assignments, to come as close as possible to the re- quirements of the high school driver education course. Renoir show fit U of L Sept. 20 More than prints of original etchings, lithographs and woodcuts by artists such as Picasso. Chagall and 3 homes under way on wesl side Construction is under way on three west-side homes and they are likely to be joined by three more within 10 days, city hall reports. Tom Band, city property ad- ministrator in charge of West Lethbridge sales, said stage two building permits are now being issued. Stage two is the area closest to the 16.6 acre lake under development and contains the more expensive lots. Renoir will be on display next Thursday when the Ferdinand Roten Galleries presents an exhibition of contemporary and old master original graphic art at the University of Lethbridge. The exhibition, sponsored by the U of L. will be held in the Physical Education Fine Art Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Besides exhibiting the art works the Ferdinand Roten Galleries, of Baltimore, Md.. will put them up for sale. The prints are not reproduc- tions. Prints Come from the original artists' plates. Prices start at with the majority of the art works pric- ed at less than Artists exhibiting works besides those mentioned include Miro, Dali. Gova, and Kollwitz. Lawyer not, always necessary Accused need advice Persons who appear in court should understand the charge against them and seek legal advice. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford says. "I don't think it is the func- tion of the court to tell them how to Judge Elford says. People often appear in provincial court, the majority on traffic offenses, and are un- certain whether they should plead guilty or not guilty. He said the advice does not necessarily have 'to come from a lawyer, since it is not an involved procedure. A friend who is acquainted with court procedure, the police or someone from the Crown Prosecutor's office could ex- plain what a person should do in court. Provincial Judge Elford praised an Opportunities For Youth project. Legal Guidance Service, which operated in Lethbridge during the summer. He stated he wished it could be a year- round project. Four law students, under an OFY grant, dispensed legal in- formation to private in- dividuals and assisted many peopie involved in provincial court cases. A person should not plead guilty unless he really feels he is guilty. Provincial Judge Elford said. Occasionally, people plead guilty because they do not want to go through the inconvenience of another court hearing. Upon hearing the evidence, the provincial judge can decide not to accept the plea if the evidence does not support the charge. even it the person has pleaded guilty. A person appearing in court who understands the charge but is still unsure of how to plead can reserve his plea. The case is then set over, usually for a week, while the accused consults a lawyer or contacts witnesses. More about law and courts should be taught in public schools. Provincial Judge Elford said. Students do come to court to observe procedures, he noted, which indicates a trend toward learning more of the courts.