The TESS Archive - 16 April 1971

15th April 2011 at 01:00

The month the US Supreme Court ruled that pupils could be ordered to share buses as a way of achieving racial desegregation, and Haitian dictator, Francois `Papa Doc' Duvalier, died after 14 years in power.

Census questions modified

Questions about income have been removed from the census after public hostility, thwarting a principal reason for including other questions about qualifications. Educational economists had hoped that the questions would help calculate the economic return on education. Cruder indicators, such as occupation, can be used instead - so little is known about the relationship between education and later earnings that even these will be valuable.

Comment: Ballet's leap of faith

If Scottish Theatre Ballet can break through the traditional distrust of the Scot for any form of dancing other than the debased reels hooched through in wild party moments, the new company will have performed little less than a miracle. While opera has developed an avid following in the cities, ballet has stubbornly remained something foreign, fit perhaps for wee lassies, but quite unsuitable for any full-blooded adult male.

SSTA critical of training

The General Teaching Council for Scotland should subject college of education psychology departments to much closer scrutiny, says an SSTA report on training secondary teachers. Psychology lecturers have largely "failed to convince teachers-in-training of the relevance of their subject". Instruction in elementary first aid and recognition of signs of deafness and use of drugs would be much more valuable, it adds.

A profitable trip down under

Pupils involved in a boat-building project made profits of 900 per cent. This example of productive teaching is quoted by John Thomson, principal technical teacher at Stonelaw High, Rutherglen, in a report on a three- month visit to Australia. It was made possible by a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the co-operation of Lanarkshire education authority. He observed teaching of technical subjects and effects of the metric changeover.

Teaching student wins poetry prize

Elizabeth Lochhead, of Jordanhill College of Education, has won the annual student poetry competition organised by BBC Scotland Radio 4's University Notebook.

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