Education by John Vaizey (auth.)

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That is the change in primary education. Primary education was the successor for the younger age groups to elementary education. Elementary education had been the inculcation of the elements of learning - reading, writing and arithmetic - with other elementary skills, and it had been assumed at the beginning of mass compulsory education that the child was a small adult and should be treated as such. The elementary schools, therefore, had elaborate systems of rewards and punishments, the children sat in rows of desks and worked with chalks and slates at the direction of the teacher, their progress was rigidly assessed and only on successful completion of one grade or standard could they be promoted to the next.

Soviet economic progress was firmly rooted in the development of higher education and the incorporation of advanced science and technology into the economy, and its higher education system had been oriented round the development of specialist institutes of science and technology. This rapid development of Soviet science and technology seemed to find its logical culmination in the successful launch of the first Soviet spacecraft, the Sputnik, which caused considerable comment in the United States, implying that United States science and technology had fallen substantially behind Soviet technology.

Birth-rates In most Western and Southern European countries the slump of the 1930s and the war of 1939 to 1945 marked deep troughs in the pattern of birth-rates, as illustrated in Table 1. , STP(70)6 (Paris, 1970), pp. 27-9. It will be seen that there was a peak in all countries immediately after the war, except in Germany, where the return of the prisoners of war was delayed. In Eastern Europe, the number of births for Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania, from 1950 onwards, is.

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