Such is the upside-down, topsy-turvy state of our world, that the children are now the adults and the adults are the children. In Westminster, our supposed leaders – men and women of mature vintage – keep stamping their feet and demanding what no one can give them.
They insist they should be allowed to gobble up all the birthday cake and still have cake left to eat, threatening to storm out of the European Union and slam the door behind them. As Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, rightly puts it: “Threatening to leave is the behaviour of a three-year-old who says that they are going to hold their breath if they do not get the toy that they want.”Continue reading...
Längst gestellte Prüfungsfragen sind oft nicht öffentlich zugänglich. Warum eine Initiative das nun ändern will.
So perfect that the ‘daughter of God’ bought a home in one of the redbrick terraces
What’s going for it? You might have thought of Bedford, if you’d thought of Bedford at all, as a perfectly respectable place. Good schools. Lovely parks. Smashing Victorian redbrick houses. Great train links. Surprisingly cosmopolitan (one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country). Ooh, the Cecil Higgins Gallery, with its Edward Bawdens. That lovely waterfront. Great place to bring up kids. But Mabel Barltrop had other ideas. In 1919 she declared herself “daughter of God”, as you do, and with her pals in the Community of the Holy Ghost bought one of those redbrick terraces as a home for Christ when he materialised, perhaps outside Marks & Spencer. Mabel waited, and she waited. And waited. You can visit the museum of Mabel’s Panacea Society, in the terraces cupped round what they thought was the true location of the Garden of Eden. Bedford’s like that. Hidden depths. I haven’t even mentioned John Bunyan and all his visions.
The case against The town centre is suffering rather from high-street fatigue. It could do with a shot of energy.Continue reading...
The Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostility of those who govern us, and the passivity of most of my generation, that climate breakdown and ecological collapse were inevitable. Now, for the first time in years, I think we can turn them around.Continue reading...
Thousands of school and university students in the UK have walked out of lessons as part of a global movement calling for action on climate change
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Thousands of children walk out of class in protest at environmental crisis. Follow the latest updates
By midday in parliament square there were more than a thousand young people.
Thrusting their home made banners they chanted: what do we want -
action - when do we want it - now. More crowds continued to join them
piling out of Westminster tube station to march to parliament square.
Hundreds have gathered at the Manchester Central Library today in a nationwide climate strike.
The atmosphere was jovial as hundreds of students marched to the library from the Royal Norther College of Music with signs reading “climate over capitalism” and chanting “whose future? Our future.”Continue reading...
This week in the Upside, students helping each other, and trying to change the world
It’s a very singular irony that in a world populated like never before, loneliness has become the disease du jour.
But you are not alone, if you don’t want to be. No matter who you are and where you are, there is a like-minded soul out there, a sympathetic voice, a support group, a project, a fellowship.Continue reading...
Mental health problems are on the rise in universities, but support is too fragmented
In universities, depression and anxiety afflict one in four students, while student suicides have reached a record level in recent years and dropouts have trebled. The burden of mental health illnesses is only likely to increase as stigma recedes and more people come forward with their sufferings. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health issue to their university.
It’s well established that the NHS is underfunded in this area: adult patients with moderate mental health needs can wait upwards of 18 weeks for psychological wellbeing services. Yet university counselling services are stretched too – across the UK, universities are staffed at a quarter to a third of what is required. At my university, students must wait up to five weeks to receive on average just four one-on-one counselling sessions. That is not surprising: there are only 15 counsellors on payroll, eight of whom are part-time.Continue reading...
Thousands of schoolchildren and young people are to join nationwide call for action
Thousands of schoolchildren and young people are expected to join climate strikes across the UK in a demonstration of growing concern about the escalating environmental crisis.
Organisers said strikes were planned in at least 60 towns and cities from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to force politicians to take urgent action.Continue reading...
Die Soziologin Anne Christine Holtmann hat sich mit der Bildung von Schülern aus benachteiligten Familien befasst. So können Schulen diese Kinder unterstützen.
Today, Friday 15 February, thousands of students from schools, colleges, and universities all around the UK will be going on strike, and I’m one of them. I’m taking part in the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement because I want to make a difference. I want my generation’s voice to be heard and listened to. We stand to lose the most from catastrophic climate change, yet we’re the ones who’ve been excluded from the most serious conversations.Continue reading...
The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act
Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament.Continue reading...
Should we raise children the way we run businesses? I say we, though I have no idea how to run a business. Yet the number of books on the market that discuss parenting in terms one might use to discuss maximising an investment – to approach one’s child as one might any other product launch – is simultaneously completely depressing and almost impossible to resist. Why wouldn’t one want to turn out successful children? On the other hand: stuffing them from the age of three with skills best suited to careers in corporate law is surely an expensive and self-defeating insanity.
In a new book, Love, Money and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids, two economists try to untangle the long-term impact of what has come to be known as “helicopter parenting” – the high-investment, high-involvement approach that, on the evidence of the book, increases test scores and the likelihood of kids graduating from college, even as other data suggests it stresses kids out.Continue reading...