The TESS Archive - 26 November, 1971

The month a man known as DB Cooper carried out the only unsolved skyjacking in history, and Intel released the first single-chip microprocessor

Tragedy halts outdoor activities

Edinburgh Education Committee, at a special meeting, approved a suggestion by Dr George Reith, director of education, that activities at Lagganlia and Benmore outdoor centres should be confined to the localities and not involve overnight stays away from the centre. All winter mountaineering should be cancelled. Five Ainslie Park pupils and an instructor died on Cairngorm at the weekend.

Why go to university?

Boys who want to teach but whose entry qualifications for a college of education are near the minimum may find the best preparation for their career is to go into industry for a year or two, gain some technical certificates, then apply for a technical course in college. That was the advice from Mr DE Stimpson, principal of Dundee College of Education, at a conference in Glasgow, "Why University? Alternative routes to a satisfying career".

Why segregate the handicapped?

The education of teachers in Scotland has again been criticised, but this time over special education, writes Geoffrey Broadhead, special education lecturer at Moray House College of Education. He says little of value could be found with the present offerings in Scottish colleges of education.

Women hold first meeting

Two dozen women turned up in Glasgow for the first general meeting of the Scottish Women Teachers' Association. Discrimination against women teachers had been tolerated for too long, interim president Mrs Jean Hood said. Although women formed a substantial majority of all teachers, they had a very small representation on negotiating committees on salaries and conditions, and on such professional bodies as the GTC.

Revolutionaries who write schoolbooks

The nationalists fighting wars of liberation in Portugal's three African colonies - Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Angola - have to show they can offer more than the Portuguese in education, health and social welfare. The colonial administration provides for education, but it is usually focused in main population centres and has restrictive age limits that effectively cut out children in rural areas.

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