The Tess archive - 19 May 1972
Start with modest programme, guidance staff told
Glasgow has now appointed guidance staff to all secondary schools, having begun in 1963 with an experimental scheme in three schools. Mr Neil Toppin, the city's adviser in guidance, advised a modest programme in their first year. Guidance teachers should not push reluctant subject teachers too hard, and though they were pioneers should not go planting the guidance flag in every nook and cranny of the school.
Not enough research
Alarmingly little research is done in the Scottish colleges of education, said Mr Donald McIntyre, Stirling University department of education, to the Scottish branch of the Society for Research into Higher Education. The framework for research was poor in the colleges, where it was accepted that there would not be time for it as there was in universities.
Geography `must be aimed at slow and reluctant'
"Geography for the young school leaver" is an ambiguous title, said Mr Rex Beddis, one of the team developing the Schools Council project of that name. His audience all knew the youngsters it denoted. Some were semi- literate, nice but pretty dim; but some were also quite able. So even in an early-leavers class there was a wide range of ability.
Education perpetuated social inequalities; schools and universities existed to shore up the existing socio-economic system, said Dr John Lowe, Edinburgh University head of educational studies. People had different needs at different times, but the education service was not arranged to meet these. A woman might be in her twenties when she wanted to learn to cook, but the system was geared to teach her 10 years before that. The old could not get grants for university.
Sex and the handicapped
The prestigious Swedish Institute for Sexual Research has issued a clarion call for an international undertaking to study possibilities for a normal sex life for the physically handicapped. "We lock these people up and pretend they have no sexual needs," said Dr Maj-Briht Bergstrom-Walan, president of the institute and a pioneer Scandinavian sexologist. "In fact, most have the same needs as we have."