Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 63
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 63

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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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We've lost sight of education's goals By Oft. MAX RAFFERTY If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: "There's no 'modern' education no 'old-fashioned' education, no 'conservative' education, no 'liberal' education. There is only good education and bad Comment of an Educator education." Comes now a word of confirmation, blown along a wandering wind from overseas and sporting a London accent. One of the wire services reports a study by Prof. Sir Cyril: Burt showing that English school children in 1914 scored higher in every category of scholastic achievement than did their counterparts of 1965. Ana on the same tests, too. Here's the way the generation gap shaped up: 1914..1965 Reading ioi.4 96.7 Celling 94.6 Arithmetic 103.2 95.5 Oh, I know. The argument has always been: "But back in those days, the less able didn't stay in school very long. So the ones who took the tests were a select group compared to the school children of today. It's a rigged comparison." Sorry. It won't wash, as the English say. The kids tested in 1914 were just 10 years old; so were the ones tested in 1965. And while I'm sure a lot of teen-agers weren't going to school in pre-World War I Britain, I'm \\ equally sure they were enrolled when they were 10. I'm almost as sure incidentally, that American test figures, if we had them, would show similar results. How now, then fellow educators? After 56 years of new ideas, new techniques, new ANSWER TO TODAY'S PUZZLE HOI-1QH0 mmsiau ts&mf-mtss SHU e sauinora aaQra ratiaia QFj raiacio r^iiwd raKmraH HOB roomsc* iannas QHHH mmwwci anemias 0HGJi=iBia UHHR anaa ura uraaotm psychologies of learning, why should the horse-and-bnggy kids of Grandma's day show up so well and our own progressive, permissive swingers show up so sorrily? It's even worse than the cold statistics show. Hear Sir Cyril further: "A comparison of essays written by average school children in 1914 and 50 years later reveals more obvious Signs of decline." Bear in mind that the England of those dim dead days— before the "Guns of August" ushered in our current century of wars and wickedness — was a land of startling extremes: stately homes and ghastly slums, magnificence and squalor, the very rich and the abysmally poor. Where does this leave the e d u c ational environmentalists, who swear so confidently and so copiously that culturally deprived children cannot learn as much or as well as their less disadvantaged peers? Surely the welfare state which Britain has become since 1945 has less abject poverty than did the Britain of a half-century ago. Surely, too, the cockney youngsters of 1914 had less food, less medical care, less of everything than do their grandchildren. Yet they could read, spell and cipher today's crop of scholars right off the map. How to explain tt? In part, it's a failure of will and nerve. School in those days was a hair-raising competitive proposition. It was survival of the fittest, root hog or die. 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