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Crude, racist textbooks have no place in today’s education system | David Lammy

the guardian - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:36
A textbook claiming Caribbean fathers are ‘largely absent’ has rightly been shelved. Teach children about slavery instead

I remember sitting in geography in my Peterborough classroom in the 1980s, cringing and feeling embarrassed whenever we were shown images of Africans in mud huts, or another depiction of what might have been referred to as “savages”. The textbooks we used were simplistic and stereotypical. Some were downright supremacist. They were laced in ignorance, and viewed from the perspective of colonial-era ethnographers who were dependent on the empire for their work. As the only black boy at my school, I somehow felt responsible for those pictures, as though they revealed something primitive about me and my family.

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Blanche Lochmann : « Les enseignants ont besoin de soutien, faites-leur confiance ! »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:36
Pour Blanche Lochmann, présidente de la Société des agrégés, les enseignants ont besoin du soutien de la société pour remplir leur mission. Elle participait à la conférence intitulée « Donner l’envie d’apprendre, un jeu d’enfant ? » samedi 6 octobre au Monde Festival.
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EU law stops VAT cuts to all school uniforms, says minister

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:31
The schools minister suggests tax could be cut on school uniforms after Brexit after a call from Frank Field.
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Teenagers bombarded by gambling ads ask for help

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:25
Teenagers welcome lessons setting out the risks associated with gambling.
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Students back mental health alerts following Bristol suicides

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:16
In the past 18 months, 11 students have taken their own lives at the University of Bristol.
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Knobelei der Woche: Können Sie dem Gärtner helfen?

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:59

Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal müssen Bäume gepflanzt werden.

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Number of newborn babies taken into care doubles - report

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 08:03
More than 40% of all cases of infants being taken into care involves newborns, figures suggest.
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Faut-il en finir avec le mérite ?

lemonde_edu - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 08:00
Deux ouvrages s’attachent à déconstruire les mythes du système scolaire français, et font une critique nuancée de la possibilité (ou non) d’une ascension sociale par l’école.
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Fears for the future of music lessons in schools

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:37
Music lessons could be under threat unless government covers the cost of a pay rise for teachers, councils say.
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Calls for greater diversity among school governors

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:36
Why black women are stepping forward to become school governors in the hope of inspiring young people.
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University 'dual nationality' plan for Brexit

bbc education - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:35
A UK university is to appoint staff jointly with a German university to keep access to EU research.
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Music disappearing from curriculum, schools survey shows

the guardian - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:01

Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE

Music could disappear from the curriculum, as research shows the number of schools offering the subject at A-level is in sharp decline and fewer students are taking it at GCSE.

A survey by Sussex University found that the number of schools offering a music A-level had fallen by more than 15% in the past two years. The picture is even worse for music technology A-level, which has declined by 32% over the same period.

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Mad Magazine’s ABCs of a School Shooting Give It a Boost of Relevance

NYTimes - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 01:42
A comic strip depicting children who were victims of a school shooting resonated with readers and hearkened back to the magazine’s glory days as a cultural provocateur.
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The Guardian view on the killing of journalists: the truth in peril | Editorial

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 20:39
The murders of investigative reporters in the EU and fears for a Saudi columnist highlight the growing threat to those in the media

Twenty-one years ago, the rising toll of attacks on journalists – and the fact that almost all of the crimes went unpunished – led Unesco to pass a resolution condemning violence against the media. It stressed that assassinations not only cut short individual lives, but attack freedom of expression, exacting a broader toll on society. Today, those concerns are more serious and widespread than ever. Nine in 10 of the more than 1,000 killings condemned by Unesco between 2006 and 2017 remain unsolved. Almost all were local journalists rather than foreign correspondents. Some were killed by criminals, armed groups and terrorists; but others by or on behalf of politicians or parts of the state.

Last week, Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, who had been reporting on alleged corruption, became the third investigative journalist to be murdered in the EU in under a year. Her death followed those of Slovakia’s Ján Kuciak (and his fiancée) and Malta’s Daphne Caruana Galizia. In the same week, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished after visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul; Turkish officials said they believed he was murdered and it is clear that he has at the least been abducted. Many more have lost their lives this year, including the 10 Afghan reporters killed in April.

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Are women in science any better off than in Ada Lovelace’s day? | Jess Wade

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 20:13
On Ada Lovelace Day, let’s rethink how we ensure scientists from diverse backgrounds can contribute to our understanding of the world

In recognition of the fact that their obituary pages had been dominated by white men, in 2018 the New York Times published an obituary of the Countess Ada Lovelace. Alongside Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson, Lovelace has become an icon for women in technology. So much so that the second Tuesday in October is recognised internationally as Ada Lovelace Day. But what would a modern-day Lovelace make of the situation for women working in science today?

Lovelace was from a wealthy background; her father was the poet Lord Byron and her mother, Anne Isabella Milbanke, the “princess of parallelograms”, was a keen mathematician and social reformer. Social scientists of today would describe Lovelace as having high “science capital” – her well-connected parents meant her mentors and advisers were members of the British scientific elite, including the polymaths Mary Somerville and Charles Babbage. Her extraordinary insight was the product of an interdisciplinary and inspiring education from world-renowned experts, and she would have been appalled at how modern Britain has rejected expert advice. Her childhood allowed her to recognise the poetry in mathematics and the beauty of computation. The poetical scientific learning of Lovelace gave her immense clarity and forward thought. She might have been surprised to find out that 170 years later, the government has cut funding to arts education to such an extent that it is the preserve of the elite. I’m pretty sure that she wouldn’t be happy that we force young people to specialise in one subject at the age of 18.

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Labor pledges $14bn for public schools over 10 years if it wins election

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 20:01

Bill Shorten promises every public school in Australia will get a funding boost

Bill Shorten has pledged to invest an additional $14bn in public education over 10 years if Labor wins the next federal election. Shorten said, under his plan, every public school in Australia would receive more funding.

After the Morrison government sought to end the Catholic and non-government school funding stoush – by announcing a $4.6bn funding package over 10 years, including a $1.2bn fund to be used at the sector’s discretion – Labor argued public schools were being left behind.

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Loneliness threatens young as well as old

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 19:33
The loneliness minister says there needs to a national conversation to end the stigma about loneliness.
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University of Worcester can keep Brexit emails private

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 19:23
The University of Worcester's vice-chancellor said the request was "against the public interest".
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To Boris Johnson, the truth really is an alien concept | Bobby McDonagh

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 15:06

Brexit will have real-world implications for millions of people, yet Johnson can’t even grant them basic honesty and respect

• Bobby McDonagh is a former Irish ambassador to the UK

I have a confession to make. Boris Johnson and I have a quite a bit in common. We attended the same Oxford College (Balliol). We studied the same subject (classics). We were presidents of the same debating society (the Oxford Union). However, a crucial difference is that for my part I gave up being an undergraduate when I left university four decades ago.

As Johnson is considerably younger than me we were not contemporaries at university. However, when later I was the Irish ambassador in London and he was the mayor, we met a few times. As might be expected he was charming and ebullient. There was a touch of mischief in the Johnson eye. The trademark awareness that he was an actor in his own play, a charisma looking for an identity.

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After #MeToo, do we need women only colleges more than ever? | R. Rehman

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/10/2018 - 13:53

Studying among smart, empowered women at a single-sex college has given me the confidence to challenge gender norms

The #MeToo movement is now one year old. What began as a series of allegations against Harvey Weinstein is now catalysing discussions on how power is distributed and abused, the absence of women in senior roles, and gaps in earnings between male and female workers. Celebrating the movement’s milestones to date, a recent feature in the Economist suggested that “one protection against abuse is for junior women to work [and study] in an environment that other women help create and sustain”.

At face value, this recommendation may appear counterintuitive. It calls on women to self-segregate, and to use this as a vehicle to overturn the unequal distribution of power that causes them to self-segregate in the first place.

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