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There Is Life After Campus Infamy

NYTimes - Sat, 21/07/2018 - 13:00
How five people recovered — or vanished — after intense scrutiny at an early age.
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Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian: ‘I don’t want to screw it up. That's on my mind’

the guardian - Sat, 21/07/2018 - 10:00

The author and Oxford fellow on the joys of the city’s Covered Market, the importance of tea and debating with his daughter

I go to sleep quickly. I need a minimum of six hours and I like to be in bed by 11pm. I often wake up in the night, so I’ll go downstairs to get a book – anything from Zadie Smith to John le Carré – to read. I’m awake when the alarm goes off at 6.25am. My wife is an artist, so she has a different routine; in the morning, we converse amicably, but briefly!

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Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian: ‘I feel a huge responsibility. I don’t want to screw it up’

the guardian - Sat, 21/07/2018 - 09:00

The author and Oxford fellow on the joys of the city’s Covered Market, the importance of tea and debating with his daughter

I go to sleep quickly. I need a minimum of six hours and I like to be in bed by 11pm. I often wake up in the night, so I’ll go downstairs to get a book – anything from Zadie Smith to John le Carré – to read. I’m awake when the alarm goes off at 6.25am. My wife is an artist, so she has a different routine; in the morning, we converse amicably, but briefly!

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Student holiday jobs: it’s pay tax now and reclaim later, after rules change

the guardian - Sat, 21/07/2018 - 09:00
Special tax-free status has ended - now temporary staff will be taxed like any other worker

Students taking short-term holiday jobs this summer face paying income tax and national insurance after a little-known change in the tax rules a few years ago, accountants have warned.

Those starting temporary jobs as waiters, bar staff, cleaners and fruit pickers in the coming days face being taxed as any other worker if they earn more than £987 in a single month, tax advisers Blick Rothenberg said this week.

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Hinds pledges to help teachers overwhelmed by excessive workload

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 20:14

Education secretary pledges to do more to tackle stress that is driving qualified staff away

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has admitted that too many teachers in England are being overwhelmed by excessive workload and has pledged to do more to relieve the causes of stress that have been pushing qualified staff out of the classroom.

The move came as Hinds argued that schools are on a par with the NHS as a “special case” for extra government spending, as behind the scenes negotiations over funding continue to delay any announcement on a pay rise for teachers.

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We can’t paint over our racist past | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:27
Manchester university students defacing a Kipling poem draws mixed responses from readers

I read the article about how at the University of Manchester the students painted over the Kipling mural and replaced it with a Maya Angelou poem (Report, 20 July). How disappointing. It seems England is following the same path as the US where our 19th- and early 20th-century racist past is concerned. We cannot go back and undo what was done but we can learn from them. Whitewashing the past, pretending it did not happen is not how we learn.

In the US we are also selective in what monuments etc we tear down. Statues of Robert E Lee and other southerners must be torn down immediately, but the golden statue of a northern general in New York’s Central Park must not be touched, even though William T Sherman turned to the same scorched-earth policies against the Native Americans after the civil war in one of our most shameful periods of racism. Then I ask the question why Maya Angelou? Was there not an English poet who would better represent England, or maybe an Indian poet from the same generation as Kipling?
Sonia Romaih
San Diego, California, USA

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Wellbeing is a nice buzzword. But when employers use it, ask why | Emily Reynolds

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 14:03

Poor employee mental health is not treated with the humanity it requires – instead, it’s seen as a risk, or a barrier to profit

The student mental health crisis shows no sign of abating: in the year to July 2017 alone, 95 students killed themselves, and many report impossibly threadbare services and overworked staff unable to help. One recent study also found that the UK student suicide rate had risen by 56% in 10 years – a clear sign that something needs to be done.

It’s therefore shocking news that universities including Hull, Wolverhampton and Essex are outsourcing mental health services, referring students not to trained, on-campus mental health professionals but to (already comically stretched) NHS pathways. Most noticeable in this shift is the total rebrand of mental health services – which are now, in many universities, simply referred to as “wellbeing services”. Counsellors are being asked to reapply for their jobs, now titled “wellbeing practitioners”, and a focus is being placed on “healthy eating, mindfulness, and stress-relieving activities such as yoga, meditation and campus walks”.

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Du tirage au sort… au mérite, l’année où Parcoursup a remplacé APB

lemonde_edu - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 13:07
Emmanuel Macron avait promis, à l’été 2017, « une révolution de l’éducation ». Un an après, la table a-t-elle été renversée ?
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Förderschulen: Kinder in der Sackgasse

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 10:15

Nenad M., der als normal intelligenter Junge auf eine Förderschule gehen musste, ist wohl nicht allein. Vieles spricht für eine hohe Dunkelziffer.

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I'm an academic, and I feel underpaid and over-monitored | Anonymous academic

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 09:30

I receive more scrutiny and fewer opportunities than peers working in university administration. It doesn’t feel fair

I recently voted in yet another ballot on the possibility of industrial action over my university’s staff pay offer. This time around, I can’t believe that I am having to prepare to fight for recognition of the value of my work again. It feels doubly unfair since I’m surrounded by colleagues who don’t have to prove their worth over and over. It strikes me that we need to start asking serious questions about why academics are subject to so much more scrutiny and surveillance than their administrative peers.

When I joined my current university, I was appointed at a similar time and to a similar pay grade as an acquaintance. But there was one crucial difference: my role was academic, his was not.

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Saying goodbye to your child’s primary school? I never knew how much I’d miss it | Kay Holmes

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 08:00
The little girl who once hugged me at the gates has moved on, and the change to secondary school has come as a shock

My first day in the school playground was terrifying. Everyone else seemed to know each other. Chatting, laughing clusters of comfortable, relaxed people made connections and bonded. I decided – out of sheer defensiveness – that was not for me. I would instead enter and leave the playground untouched by human contact. No chatting, no laughing, and definitely no PTA meetings or arranging the summer fair.

The parent-teacher association​ was all the cliches: middle class, do-gooding, ravenous for women’s free time

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Student loan repayment income 'undervalued by £600m'

the guardian - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 02:00

Watchdog highly critical of Treasury calculations that differ from DfE forecasts

A clash between the Department for Education and the Treasury over how to value the government’s student loans portfolio may have led to more than £600m in income from future loan repayments being overlooked, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

The watchdog also advised that the government should take “a comprehensive view” and carefully consider the potential impact on the government’s finances of future loan sales.

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The Guardian view on religious education: bring it up to date | Editorial

the guardian - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:53
In a world where religion seems more alien to many and different belief systems are in closer proximity, we need a new way to teach children about it

In modern secular societies such as Britain, there is a tendency to think “religion” is something that other people do. When we do not understand what it means in the lives of believers, we are unable to understand either them or ourselves properly; and in a world where globalisation has shoved communities with wildly different values into close proximity, this is dangerous.

The obvious answer is to teach religion properly in schools – rather than haphazardly, as in England at present. The legal framework was set out 75 years ago, when this was a very different and uncontroversially Christian country. The assumption was that Christianity should be taught and practised in all state schools. The main means of practice would be a daily assembly that would include an explicitly Christian act of worship, something which has since been modified to suggest that it be of a mainly Christian character.

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Scores of parents queue for Cardiff school breakfast club place

the guardian - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:44

About 130 parents queued from early hours to secure places for their children at school’s free breakfast club

Scores of parents and grandparents queued up from the early hours outside a Cardiff primary school to try to secure places for their children in a free breakfast club.

Some 130 parents, armed with folding chairs, flasks and snacks, lined the pavement outside the school, Ysgol Y Berllan Deg, to grab a spot.

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Plan to teach all children first aid

bbc education - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:40
It comes after an inquiry into the Manchester bombing found that many adults lacked life-saving skills.
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Dog-eat-dog culture is bad for students’ mental health | Lettesr

the guardian - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:24
Former LSE student counsellor Robert Harris on the psychological horrors suffered by millennials, and Dr Max Davie on worrying cuts to student counselling services

Your article about “perfectionism” and young people in higher education (G2, 17 July) notes, but nimbly skips over, the clear link between neoliberal dog-eat-dog individualism and the psychological horrors suffered by unfortunate millennials who have never known anything but rabid destructive competition. The bullying cultures rife in academia (Report, 17 July) create terrors of rejection and exclusion. Young people are strongly inclined to feel that failure is due to inherent personal weakness, rather than something to be learned from to enhance personal development. A culture that emphasises pleasing those above and keeping up false images of competence and success with peers, rather than the enjoyment and value of pursuing knowledge for its own sake, will inevitably create both internal psychological attackers of guilt and self-blame and external bullies of insecure and anxious managers.
Robert Harris
Former student counsellor and psychotherapist, LSE

• Support for children and young people’s mental health should not be penny-pinched. Without early identification and intervention, mental health problems can lead to a sharp decline in health, leading to alcohol and drug misuse and self-harm – and in extreme cases can cause death. This is why I was deeply concerned to read that some universities are reducing or outsourcing their student counselling services (Education, 17 July).

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UK's largest Lego event under way in Glasgow

bbc education - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:19
A 200,000-brick elephant is one of the centrepieces of Bricklive, billed as the UK's largest Lego convention, in Glasgow.
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Ipswich school converts a helicopter into a classroom

bbc education - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 20:08
A school's site manager came up with the idea after watching a television programme.
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I’m one of the few male nursery teachers. There should be more of us | Tim Cooke

the guardian - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 18:23
Men in early-years teaching are still regarded with suspicion, but the children need to see us challenging stereotypes

A few years ago, when I started to seriously consider a career in teaching, the possibility of specialising in teaching the under-sixes didn’t even cross my mind. For me the choice was whether to train as a secondary English or primary school teacher.

After much thought, I applied for a primary place on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and, to my surprise, was offered early years – back then, I wasn’t even entirely clear what “early years” meant (it’s from birth to age five). But after some research into the play-based ethos of the curriculum for the under-fives, I chose to accept. A year or so later, I stood nervously at the gates of the east London nursery and children’s centre, at which I was to spend the first two years of my career.

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Bac 2018 : les prénoms qui obtiennent le plus de mention « très bien »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 16:51
25 % des Garance et 18 % des Augustin ont décroché cette année la mention la plus prestigieuse, selon les travaux du sociologue Baptiste Coulmont, qui permettent de retrouver le taux d’accès associé à 335 prénoms.
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