Puzzles that will leave you in (identical) pieces
Today’s puzzles come from Alain Nicolas, a Frenchman who has been called the world’s finest artist of Escher-style tilings. (That’s to say, tilings with no gaps or overlaps in which each tile is in the shape of a living creature, as pioneered in the 1930s and 1940s by the Dutch artist MC Escher).
In each puzzle, you will be presented with an outline, such as the one below left. The challenge is to draw a line that divides it into a certain number of pieces of identical size and shape. In this case, the solution, with two pieces, is below right.Continue reading...
Project aims to boost pupils’ confidence and tackle gender imbalance in Stem professions
“I used to think boys were just better at maths,” said Linah. “But now, it’s like, we go to the same school, we do the same subjects – so if you can do it, I can do it.”
There’s a reason for the renewed confidence in the 15-year-old from Dagenham and it’s sitting next to her in a swanky office in the City of London. Elaine McLoughlin is a business control manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is also a volunteer tutor on a programme to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds and get more girls studying sciences at top universities.Continue reading...
Radical proposal to overhaul exams would allow greater focus on vocational skills
GCSE exams in England should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate for school leavers that includes vocational skills and personal development, as part of a radical overhaul proposed by an influential Conservative MP.
Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow who chairs the House of Commons education select committee, is the first Conservative policymaker to break ranks over the future of GCSE exams, after the government’s efforts to improve their status by making them more difficult.Continue reading...
The lack of science, maths and language teachers has been talked about for years. But a shortage of English teachers has gone under the radar. Although last year’s target for new trainees was met, in the two previous years it was missed. English used to be among the most popular subjects, both to teach and to learn. Lessons had a reputation for being creative, thought-provoking – and even fun. Philip Pullman, David Almond and Joanne Harris were all teachers before they became authors. But dramatic reductions in the number of A-level entries and applications to study English at university suggest that some of the enthusiasm long associated with English has drained away.Continue reading...
Luisa Neubauer, das Berliner Gesicht der Klimastreik-Bewegung, über die Fridays for Future.
Wirken all die neuen Brandmauern gegen die Pest des Plagiierens? Der Umgang der Freien Universität Berlin mit der Doktorarbeit ihrer prominenten Absolventin wird es zeigen.
Englisch in der Grundschule - das galt mal als schwer fortschrittlich. Heute sagen viele: Die Kinder sollen erst richtig Deutsch lernen. Doch schließt das eine das andere wirklich aus?
Plagiatsjäger durchleuchten aktuell die Dissertation der Familienministerin. Einer von ihnen erzählt, was ihn antreibt - und warum er glaubt, dass die SPD-Politikerin ihren Doktortitel bald los sein dürfte.