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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 6, April 2006

Looking back

70 years ago

In order that the dance this year should be a source of pleasure to all and sundry, old and young, "gay ninety and modern," the Convention Committee has decided that it should be as the nature of an old-time "party." Consequently, the first part of the program will be interspersed with numbers that will give satisfaction to the older members of the teachers’ fraternity as well as to the youngsters–Jersey Fox-trots, Minuets, and a full set of Quadrilles. Following this there will be modern dances of a type that will satisfy the most critical.

The B.C. Teacher, April 1936

50 years ago

The IQ (intelligence quotient) is fairly permanent. The lower the IQ the more permanent it is. A student with a rating of 80 is likely to remain at that level, but one with a high rating might be raised as much as five points with good environment and by using good teaching methods. Accomplishment alone is not an indication of brightness. It depends on intelligence and drive, so that marks obtained by a student of high IQ could be equaled by a person of lesser ability who works harder.

The B.C. Teacher, April 1956

30 years ago

Last year we decided to add a course in photography to the list of mini courses‚ offered by the English department. We were aware of kids’ appreciation of the camera’s creative potentialities—an old man in the park at dusk, a yellow hued embrace under street lamps. We knew that movies, television, and good photo journalism had taught kids to appreciate such things as the use of the long lens to foreshorten a sensitive moment or to capture a distance.

We knew that for many the day of Brownie Hawkeyes and drugstore glossies was over.

The B.C. Teacher, March/April 1976

10 years ago

The New Zealand government has partially reversed its radical reforms to the public education system. After removing the former education minister the government took a major step back toward its previous neighbourhood school system. In 1989, the government imposed a charter-school system on every school. Parents paid a fee for each child, set by the local parent committee, and they could send their children to any school they chose. This latter provision quickly led to a two-tier system of education. Schools in poor neighbourhoods lost out in terms of per capital grants, parent fees, and teachers—many of whom quit in frustration.

Teacher, April 1996

– Chris Bocking, Keating Elementary School, Saanich



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