The TESS Archive - 29 October 1971

The month Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party was founded in Northern Ireland and Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida

Plea for more help for retarded

A public inquiry is needed to end the piecemeal approach to special education, it has been claimed. Speaking to a public meeting to urge the Government to set up an inquiry into the needs of the handicapped, Stanley Segal, president of the Guild of Backward Children, said: "Delay . inexcusably restricts the quality of life for thousands of our most unfortunate children."

Caring for the retarded is `glamour job'

Working for the mentally retarded is considered respectable, even glamorous, in Denmark, says a report by the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children. Subnormality hospitals look like an advertisement for Danish design and there are waiting lists for training schools. These findings "throw into relief the almost total defensiveness which seems to infect the realm of mental subnormality in the UK".

Down with champion-ism

China's table tennis activities have been attacked in newspaper articles for furthering the concept of "champion-ism". The Guangdong Provincial Physical Cultural and Sports Committee emphasised "friendship first, competition second". A Petroleum Administration Board in Gansu put emphasis on people's health; "champion-ism" promoted "cliquism and extravagance and is essentially activity of the few".

Heads may scrap racist books

Southampton headteachers may get permission to dispose of racially biased books and charge the cost of new textbooks to running expenses. Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely quoted their 1963 inspectorate report which agreed that "a surprising number of children . have the impression that all dwellers in the equatorial forests are pigmies . and that the western states of America are still ravaged by the wars of cowboys and Red Indians".

Corporal punishment

If there is to be punishment, I believe that the most satisfactory form of it is corporal punishment. I have strong conscientious objections to the giving of lines. We are meant to make children love reading and writing and to use them as vehicles for punishment is quite wrong.

Letter - Hugh Kilpatrick, Rector, Hunter High, East Kilbride.

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