The TESS Archive - 27 April 1973

The month the first handheld mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper in New York, and the House of Commons voted against restoring capital punishment, by 142 votes

'Segregate the disruptive'

- Special schools for disruptive or antisocial children are recommended by Edinburgh members of the SSTA in a report on alternatives to corporal punishment. They would represent a "considerable educational advance in themselves, being the first determined effort to provide for the real needs of an unfortunate body of children who have tended in the past to be ignored rather than helped by the proper specialist care they require".

Courses for uncertificated

- Probably the most comprehensive scheme of in-service training for part-time uncertificated teachers ever held in Scotland was launched at Dunfermline High School. There had been almost three times as many applicants as places for a new course intended for part-time teachers of non-vocational classes held under the auspices of Fife County Council.

Special education inquiry needed

- A call for a detailed inquiry into special education was made by Lady Plowden at the first annual conference of the National Council for Special Education. One aspect that should be examined was the advantage of integrated schooling, with normal children, for handicapped students. The possibility of normal children teaching and helping handicapped children should also be looked at.

Alienating schools

- The term "school phobia" has a clinical ring which locates the "fault" squarely in the child. A large-scale American research project focuses more specifically on the school. Researcher Wayne Hoy divides the concept of alienation into "powerlessness", "normlessness" and "meaninglessness". Powerlessness is the child's feeling that his behaviour has little influence on what happens in school.

More stress on nurseries - and politics

- Nursery education from age 2 is the main feature of the development plan for education to be put to the Czechoslovakian Communist Party's annual meeting - the first full plenary session devoted to education since 1964. The other education priority of the Husak government is to instil the principles of Marxism-Leninism as the basis of teaching in all schools and universities.

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