‘Scandalous’ figures show extent of domination in politics, media and business
Members of Britain’s elite, who hold the top jobs in politics, the judiciary, media and business, are five times more likely to have been to private school than the general population, according to research.
A study by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission found that a tiny elite of privately educated people, many of whom went to Oxbridge, continue to dominate high-ranking jobs, where 39% had an independent education, compared with 7% of the general population. Critics described the figures as “scandalous” and called for urgent change.Continue reading...
Is the Brexit vote really as central to understanding Britain’s universities slipping down the QS league tables as your article suggests (British universities plunge again in league table after Brexit vote, 19 June)? The more fundamental cause is surely the structural reforms undertaken by the coalition government.
Switzerland is not in the EU and yet ETH Zurich is going from strength to strength. Outside Europe, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (where I work) have shot up the rankings partly because the national government has invested, the universities don’t have to chase the tuition fees of overseas students, and the universities’ missions are tied into national development. Whether or not the Brexit vote is ever enacted, there is nothing to stop the UK following a similar path.
When he joined the army, the author had the reading age of an 11-year-old. But he can still remember the pride he felt at reading his first book
I joined the army straight out of juvenile detention at the age of 16. I was no criminal mastermind – I burgled the same block of flats repeatedly and was always going to end up getting caught.
The education system had failed me; I had attended nine schools in seven years and I didn’t see the point of it. I wanted to be a panel beater or a tube driver; I had heard they made loads of money and you didn’t need much education for those kind of jobs. So that was it – why bother going to school? All I needed was to get a council flat, and I had that cracked because my parents were already on the list. All that was left was a Mark II Ford Escort and that would be me made.Continue reading...
When people ask what it’s like to be a woman in this sector, I long for the time we stop boxing people into stereotypes
If there was a single key to levelling the gender imbalance in engineering and technology careers, we’d have cracked it by now. Plenty of evidence shows programming of prejudice starts with babies, and girls begin to be put off engineering between the ages of five and nine.
We need a shift in thinking so people are treated as individuals from birth rather than pigeonholed. There are many good initiatives targeting teenagers – we just need to reach younger children.Continue reading...
Two in three students who worry about maths will eventually succeed at the subject. But does this lack of confidence limit career prospects?
Nearly everyone will know they have felt anxious about a maths question at some time in their lives. What may not seem so obvious is that many other people have felt the same way and that maths anxiety is a real problem.
So much so that the Maths Anxiety Trust has been set up to raise awareness of the issue. It points out the problem could be contributing to a quarter of 11-year-olds being below the standard expected of their age group and nearly a third of students failing to obtain a grade 4 (grade C in the old grading system) or higher in maths GCSE exams.Continue reading...
University of London staff speak out against security guards’ ‘heavy-handed’ tactics
Academics have condemned the “oppressive” treatment of student protesters after the university hired private security staff who forcibly evicted a group that were peacefully occupying a campus building in support of outsourced cleaners.
The University of London (UoL) spent more than £1.3m on additional security officers, receptionists and other security measures from March 2018 until November last year, amid student demonstrations and over a dozen workers’ strike days.Continue reading...
Immer wieder kommt es an Schulen zu rechtsextremen Vorfällen.
Poesie, Piano, Politik: Der singende Liedermacher aus München war schon in der Schulzeit mit anarchistischer Mission unterwegs.
Nordrhein-Westfalen will die gesetzliche Zivilklausel abschaffen. Sie verpflichtet Hochschulen dazu, nur für friedliche Zwecke zu forschen.
Exclusive: latest in series of security breaches highlights role of social media in cheating
Police have been called in to investigate another exam leak after an unknown number of students had advance sight of part of a GCSE religious studies (RS) paper last month.
It is the latest of a series of damaging security breaches to hit summer exams in recent years, with social media enabling cheats to disseminate leaked questions quickly and easily.Continue reading...
Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot website is the latest attempt to fight ‘censorship’. But are western societies really afraid of open debate?
You can’t say anything these days. Free speech is a thing of the past. Young people today can’t cope with reality and if you try to tell them about it you’ll get arrested. You may think we live in a free society, but if you cross the PC brigade, they’ll haul you in for questioning and then they’ll disappear you.
This sort of argument is everywhere. It often seems like the first line of defence when a notable figure has overstepped the mark. And just this month the academic Jordan Peterson launched a website, Thinkspot, to protect users from all the “censorship” that is around right now.Continue reading...