Stop the world

16th January 2004 at 00:00
There were a large number of epoch-making events whose 40th anniversaries were celebrated towards the end of last year, as readers will undoubtedly recall.

Among them were the Great Train Robbery, the assassination of President Kennedy, the creation of Malaysia, the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and the first big Beatles hit, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand".

In the world of Scottish education, few events could match those. But some have a good conceit of themselves. Thus it was that we received the following gem: "Against this traumatic background and into the turbulent world of the early 60s, there also emerged an event of monumental significance for the Scottish educational scene, namely the birth of the Glasgow Geography Panel in the quiet dignity of the boardroom of the Corporation of Glasgow's Education Department premises at 129 Bath Street on November 15, 1963."

We are ashamed to confess that we might have missed this story at the time, except for the rather important fact that The TES Scotland was not launched until two years later.

Belated congratulations anyway - and curriculum review group take note.

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