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Girls will see a path for themselves if we show how engineering makes a difference

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 24/06/2019 - 02:01

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.

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‘People are scared of looking foolish’: how maths anxiety is holding us back

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 24/06/2019 - 02:00

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.

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London academics criticise 'oppressive' treatment of student protesters

the guardian - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 20:54

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.

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Sachsen: "Das Problem sitzt mit im Klassenzimmer"

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 19:51

Immer wieder kommt es an Schulen zu rechtsextremen Vorfällen.

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Fragebogen "Alte Schule": Konstantin Wecker

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 19:50

Poesie, Piano, Politik: Der singende Liedermacher aus München war schon in der Schulzeit mit anarchistischer Mission unterwegs.

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Hochschulen: Friedlich forschen

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 19:50

Nordrhein-Westfalen will die gesetzliche Zivilklausel abschaffen. Sie verpflichtet Hochschulen dazu, nur für friedliche Zwecke zu forschen.

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Police investigate leak of GCSE religious studies exam paper

the guardian - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 12:47

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.

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Free speech isn’t under threat. It just suits bigots and boors to suggest so | Martha Gill

the guardian - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 11:10

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.

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Crisis in special educational needs drives parents to court

the guardian - Sun, 23/06/2019 - 08:00
Number of families appealing against funding decisions surges by 26% as schools and councils struggle to meet cost of provision

A funding shortfall for children with special educational needs has led to a surge in court appeals, as families turn to legal action to secure extra help from cash-strapped councils.

With a 26% rise in the last financial year in the number of court appeals by families, MPs are warning of a crisis in special needs care. It is the third successive year that an increase has been recorded. The total of 6,374 appeals lodged in 2018-19 was almost double the number of three years earlier, according to analysis by the Special Needs Jungle website.

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Ethics fly out of the window at Oxford University when big donors come calling | Catherine Bennett

the guardian - Sat, 22/06/2019 - 21:00
For £150m, can anyone buy naming rights at a great academic institution?

What do we know about Stephen Schwarzman, the US financier whose name, following his £150m donation to the University of Oxford, is destined to become synonymous – as the Schwarzman Centre – with the humanities, the study of ethics in particular?

Much of Oxford’s press release introducing him to British audiences dwells on the philanthropy evidenced in already-colonised academic zones: the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; the Schwarzman Scholars programme at Schwarzman College (in China); the Stephen A Schwarzman Building (formerly known as New York Public Library); Yale’s Stephen A Schwarzman Center, Yale protesters having had less success, to date, than angry parents at Schwarzman’s old school, Abington. For a donation of $25m, he had wanted it renamed after himself, with separate spaces going to his twin brothers, Mark and Warren.

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