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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, September 26, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 The Herald' District Hutterite school teaching demanding job South in short Red Cross chapter underway FOREMOST (Special) Junior Red Cross activities are under way once again at Foremost School under the direction of co-ordinator Irene Wallman. The Grade 5 class recently organized its executive with Kim Bernston being elected as president and Kevin Seward as vice- president. Secretary is Karen Elle, Treasurer Danny Hammel and Gail Nicoll in charge of public relations. Blood clinic set at Taber TABER (HNS) A fall blood donor clinic, expected to attract 250 donors, has been slated for the Taber Centre auditorium Oct. 2. Long-time convener for the semi-annual transfusion ser- vice, Mrs. Fay Sloane, says that sessions will be held from to p.m. and from to p.m. Spray set bought for Taber system TABER (HNS) Fast ac- tion on the purchase of ad- ditional spray irrigation equipment for the sewage plant was reported by Coun. Mike Powell at the recent town council meeting. Approved at an earlier coun-. cil meeting, the system has been purchased from Blue Water Irrigation and is now on site. It includes two quarter- mile, five-inch wheel moves with self levelling nozzles, bringing to six the number of units in use on the 320-acre hay crop. Mr. Powell also reported that fertilizer has been spread on about 15 acres of slow growth areas of the alfalfa crop. Records will be kept of crop improvement next season. Council also considered the installation of tank disposal facilities for motor homes and house trailers, and directed further study be made. Prolonged delays in the in- stallation of the storm sewer system were explained to the council by Coun. Donald G. Windrum, representing contractors Cunningham and Shannon. Initially scheduled for com- pletion by Sept. 15, the contract was delayed due to some technicalities. The com- pletion date was extended to Oct. 15. Nov. 30, weather per- mitting, is now suggested for the completion date. Mr. Windrum told the coun- cil that weather conditions coupled with live sand pockets has delayed progress, and lately the return to school of college and university students has diminished the crews and further stalled the work. With one excavating machine in use and a second available, Mr. Windrum told the council the contractors would need two machine operators and six laborers to complete the crews. It was agreed that a report be made to the Oct. 7 meeting of council, stating the date by which the contract can be completed. TEMPORARY FACTORY PERSONNEL Required by Canadian Sugar Factories Factory Plants at Taber and Picture Butte Work to start around Oct. 1, should last till mid December. Station Operators, Mechanics as well as Laborers required. Taber Factory Contact Mr. C. West Plant Superintendent 223-3535 Picture Butte Factory Contact F. Karren Plant Superintendent 732-4621 By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Second of Two Parts The Hutterite Brethren don't want teachers in their colony schools who don't like to rock the boat. This, surprising revelation came to surface in a four-year study of Southern Alberta colony schools by a sociologist at the University of Lethbridge. George Mann, who centered his study on 41 teachers and 37 colony schools, found that the Hutterites place restrictions on teachers with the expecta- tion teachers will attempt to introduce changes in colony schools despite the restric- tions. And the author of the study even found that the controls the Hutterites try to impose on teachers are possibly less confining than those restric- tions created by the teacher's own attitude and background. Although restrictions vary from one colony to another, Dr. Mann found that most of the colonies did not approve the use of audio-visual aides, sex education, the use of musical instruments and cer- tain scientific theories. He cited the teacher's at- titude toward Hutterites and their way of life, one-room schools, multi-grade classes and teaching in an isolated situation as being far more confining than the Hutterite restrictions. Dr. Mann, in the study, places the colony teachers into three categories. There is a group of skillful highly-qualified teachers who can get jobs anywhere. "Most of the teachers in this group have very liberal beliefs and they often hesitate to initiate changes because they feel strongly that people have a right to their own way of life." He describes the second group of teachers as being less skilled and unlikely to get a job anywhere else. Subse- quently, they are highly dependent on the good opinion of colony elders to keep a job and will accept restrictions on their teaching methods. However, the U of L sociologist claims "the Hutterites don't respect this kind of teacher because of his poor academic qualifications. I found most elders had more respect for competent teachers introducing changes than for poorly-qualified teachers who are content to leave things as they are." The third group of teachers he refers to are those who tend to remain on the colony for longer periods of time. Because they are competent teachers they have the respect of Hutterite elders, but they are not dependent on the job for their livelihood and are willing to initiate changes to improve the quality of educa- tion in their school, Dr. Mann points out. He describes the third group as most often being wives of local farmers who want to work in the area or people who have entered or re-entered the teaching profession later in life. Young teachers, he says, are behind the eight ball if they start in a colony school because they are confronted with multiple grades, large class sizes and discipline problems and don't have ex- perienced teachers around to provide advice. However, he also suggests a Hutterite school could be an ideal place to start a teaching career if "the circumstances are right." If the young teachers have been given some type of prior education about teaching in Hutterite schools, begin teaching in a colony school with a small number of students and grades and have the desire to teach Hutterite children, the experience could be rewarding. "I have seen some young teachers go in and do an ex- cellent job with the Hutterite Dr. Mann recalls. Obtaining teachers for colony schools is a real problem for school boards because most experienced teachers don't want to teach in Hutterite schools while young teachers aren't proper- ly prepared to teach in a one- room multi-grade school and often are not willing to useihe type of discipline required to control the children. The study also found that school boards and ad- ministrators are to blame for many of the Hutterite school problems. "There is evidence that some very questionable prac- tices of selection, placement, and supervision have existed in relation to the colony it states. Three of the teachers sur- veyed claimed they were transferred for punitive reasons, another two teachers who were transferred when the school they were teaching in was closed reported being transferred to the colony school with consultation. Even the 20 teachers who claimed "that theirs was a regular appointment" said they accepted the job because it was the only one open to them when they applied for a teaching position with the county or school division of their choice. Thirteen of the 20 teachers asked to be transferred out of the colony school as quickly as possible and six teachers were able to obtain the transfer at the end of the school term. "About six teachers felt a dedication to teaching among the the study found. However, of the 27 teachers who expressed an initial positive feeling about teaching in a colony school, 12 became "disillusioned with the actual experience." Dr. Mann suggests a major responsibility of school superintendents who have colony schools under their jurisdiction "would be to The right The right price. The right rye. Hiram hi Alberta. Right now, become cognizant of the Hutterian way of life and es- pecially their unique educational needs. "I am convinced some superintendents take this challenge seriously, others do not." During his discussions with the Brethren, Dr. Mann found many Hutterites insisted that their schools are the last to be staffed and are often the recipients of rejects from other schools. Contrary to the views of some in Southern Alberta, he says the Hutterites are sincere about obtaining a good education for their youngsters. They are mainly interested in having their children gain the basic skills of the English language. "They want them to be able to speak, read and Dr. Mann suggests. They are opposed to higher education for any of their children because some of Directors explain failure to file their young people have gone on to a higher level of educa- tion and in most cases, they had left the religious society. Under the Alberta School Act, the children are required to attend school between the ages of six and 16 and receive instruction from a certified teacher or through provincial correspondence courses. At the conclusion of his study, Dr. Mann made seven recommendations for the im- provement of Hutterite educa- tion in the province: That two teachers be hired on each colony whenever the student population approaches 20 students or a travelling teacher be hired for the upper grades of more than one school; That correspondence lessons be eliminated; That separate school buildings with adequate storage space, equipment and other needed facilities be provided, That more consistent supervision of the schools be instituted; That inservice training programs for Hutterite teachers be developed; That there be more con- sultation with the Hutterian Brethren regarding their educational needs; That multicultural educational courses with an emphasis on Hutterite educa- tion be provided at selected universities and colony teachers be encouraged to take advantage of these offerings. CRANBROOK (Special) The failure of two Regional District of East Kootenay directors to file disclosure papers on time has been ex- plained. Eric Rasmussen of Edgewater says he mailed his disclosure papers after returning from a Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting. This caused him to miss the Sept. 15 deadline. Mr. Rasmussen says he dis- closed that he has one creditor and six parcels of land. Ron Johnston of Kimberley, whose two-year term ends this year, does not plan to run for office again. Aid. Don Sherling of Cranbrook indicated that he is a partner in two businesses Cedar Investments and R. V. Sales Company Ltd. He owns no interest in any corporations and no land except his residence. He owes no money. Aid. John Daigle of Kimberley has no corporation or business interests but owes money to two entities. He owns one parcel of land. Mayor Vern Uphill of Fer- nie declared a business at- tachment with B.C. Hydro as a sub-foreman serviceman. He listed four parcels of land he owns. Aid. Frank Fairclough of Sparwood had virtually nothing to declare under any part of the act. Mayor Henry DeLesalle of Invermere declared his interest in Marg-Henry Stores Ltd. as more than 30 per cent. He also reported his attach- ment to Robinson Stores, indebtedness to two entities and ownership of three parcels of land. Mayor Karl Maartman of Elkford said he has at least a 30 per cent interest in Hillside Motel, Alpine 66 Service, and Karl Maartman Ltd. He owns shares in Valley Copper Ltd. and Bethlehem Copper Ltd. as well. He declared ownership of one parcel of land. Director Lloyd Phillips of Electoral Area A listed four parcels of property, three creditors and his interest as editor of the Fernie Free Press. Director Lloyd Sharpe of Area B declared ownership of seven parcels of land and indebtedness to one entity. Director Vince Downey of Area C, chairman of the board, declared his interest in Silver Ridge Sawmills and the East Kootenay Block Com- pany Ltd. He reported owing money to one entity and listed his business interests with Imperial Life Insurance Com- pany and the North American Life Assurance Company. Director Wayne Agnew of Area F had nothing to declare except his employment with Crestbrook Forest Industries. COALDALE AND DISTRICT ARENA Individuals and Organizations wishing to rent Ice Time at the Coaldale Arena please PRINT in the information requested below and mail to the South Oldman River Recreation Office, Box 869, Coaldale BEFORE FRIDAY, October 4th, 1974. PLEASE PRINT NAME MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER DETAILS OF USE (Hockey League. Skating, etc.) NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN RENTAL GROUP DATE OR DATES REQUIRED ALTERNATE CHOICE TIMES REQUIRED ALTERNATE TIME CHOICE For further details phone 345-3746 Coaldale a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday. FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. Never Again Prices Like These STARTS SEPT. 26 thru OCT. 5 BRIGHT RED BARN SHINGLE PAINT Reg. Value 11.50 Gal. SUPER SPECIAL, WHILE QUANTITIES LAST ONLY MOORTONE EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT Choose from white and colors Latex base or Oil base. FALL SPECIAL ONLY....... 8 88 Gal. MOORTONE PORCH FLOOR ENAMEL 388 4 colors available FALL SPECIAL ONLY Gal. Ot Qt. PAINT PROP MOORTONE INTERIOR SATIN ENAMEL 8 88 Gal. 188 Qt Ideal for Kitchen. Bath. Hallway and Trim. White and Colors. FALL SPECIAL ONLY MOORTONE INTERIOR LATEX FLAT Covers most surfaces in one coat. No odor. Cleans up with water. While and colors. FALL SPECIAL ONLY................ W Gal. BENJAMIN MOORE INTERIOR LATEX FLAT ENAMEL This product gives you a very decor alive __ _ _ yet a very washable finish. White colors.JIBo FALL SPECIAL ONLY..................O Gal. BENJAMIN MOORE EXTERIOR WHITE PASTEL COLORS STUCCO PAINT 695 Gal. 9x12 PLASTIC DROP SHEETS ONLY BENJAMIN MOORE LIGHT DARK GREEN SHINGLE STAIN .199 FALL SPECIAL Ideal for New and Rough Lumber! Gal. FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. 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