Past Times Ed

2nd January 2004 at 00:00
75 years ago

* December 29, 1928

Every effort was made to secure that no family in need should be without reasonable fare on Christmas Day. Listeners by wireless at 7.25 on Christmas evening called a halt to their festivities to hear a moving appeal by the Prince of Wales on behalf of the quarter of a million workless miners and the women and children dependent on them. As the Prince pictured the cruel torture to which intelligent men and hapless women and children are subjected by the absence of work and wages, chords of sympathy were touched. A striking response to the Prince's appeal has already been made, Lady Houston giving pound;30,000, and Lord Rothermere pound;25,000.

50 years ago

* January 1, 1954

Mr DI Davies of the National Association of Schoolmasters laid about him with a vengeance. Irresponsible parents and undisciplined children came equally under his castigation. The blows which attracted most public attention fell on his colleagues. The idea of work for children at school, he said, seemed to be disappearing. For years there was concentration on the three Rs; now the tendency was towards the three Ls - listen, look and laze. These remarks suggest that his chief complaint was against modern teaching aids and activity methods. But it is dangerous to generalise about methods, for how best to teach depends on the personalities of the teacher and the pupils and the state of the schools.

25 years ago

An industrial dispute kept the TES out of production from November 30, 1978 to November 16, 1979.

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