The TESS Archive - 3 November 1972

2nd November 2012 at 00:00
The month Republican Richard Nixon defeated Democratic senator George McGovern in a landslide, to remain president of the USA, and Atari released the video game Pong

More visits to Europe

- From 1974-75 every teacher of French and German will be offered a term abroad every five to six years, said Mr James Platt, director of the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges, at the opening of its Scottish office in Edinburgh. The privilege had to be extended to people of all ages, to workers, students, and to the physically and financially handicapped.

New season's rectors

- The installation of Peter Ustinov as rector of Dundee University takes place today. The Aberdeen University rectorial candidates are Mr Michael Barratt, BBC, Mr Russell Hunter, actor, the Reverend Thomas Tait, a minister in Blairgowrie, and two students, John Aiken and Adam Rea. The Edinburgh University rectorial candidates are James Gordon Brown (pictured), a PhD student at the university, and Sir Frederick Catherwood, chief executive of John Laing and Son Ltd.

`Pay mothers to run the pre-school groups'

- Instead of paying "extravagant" prices for day nurseries, Dr Eric Midwinter, director of Priority and co-director of the Advisory Centre for Education, says it might be better to pay mothers to take part in pre- school activity. It would help the children, provide jobs and keep costs down.

Racism in textbooks

- Many school textbooks inculcate racist views, Mr Paul Cavadino, universities and colleges secretary of Christian Aid, told an audience at Christ College, Liverpool. Examination questions reflected a blinkered Eurocentric attitude. The result is the implantation of the crude belief in many children that the histories of India and Africa begin respectively with the East India Company and the explorations of Livingstone.

Uruguayan classrooms become centre of political arena

- The secondary scene here is a frightening and exciting example of what can happen when education and politics become linked. Classes are disrupted by strikes and demonstrations, and attacks have been made on schools by armed gangs. There have been gun battles between rival groups, pupils have been killed and injured, and many are held in military detention under a special powers Act that has been in force since April.

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