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'Buddy Benches' making playtime less lonely

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 02:24
Buddy Benches are proving popular in Irish schools, with a mission to improve the lives of adults as well as children.
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Princeton Singers Abandon a ‘Little Mermaid’ Song Over Kissing Concerns

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 23:38
A column in the campus paper called the song, “Kiss the Girl,” and the a cappella group’s tradition of bringing people onstage to kiss “misogynistic.”
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Mexico missing students: New president creates truth commission

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 22:51
Mexico's new president creates a commission to investigate the 2014 Iguala disappearances.
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Des lycéens mobilisés en soutien aux « gilets jaunes » et contre les réformes

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 20:22
Plus d’une centaine de lycées ont été bloqués, lundi matin, par un mouvement de protestation contre les réformes dans l’éducation, affichant parfois un soutien aux « gilets jaunes ».
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Student activists object to NUS plans to get rid of diversity officers

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 20:12

Cost-cutting proposals to cut liberation officers to plug £3m deficit meets with outrage

The National Union of Students has come under fire after it emerged that proposals are being considered to get rid of liberation officers, who represent black, LGBT+, trans, disabled and women students, in order to cut costs.

The proposal is just one of a number of measures under consideration to try to plug the projected £3m deficit facing the troubled union, which represents the bulk of students in UK higher and further education.

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Education’s value to society is lost amid focus on graduate salaries | Letters

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 19:39
Letters from Pete Dorey, Christine Hawkes, Bernie Evans, Prof Colin Richards and Dr Nick Pratt

Paul Hewitson (Letters, 28 November) quotes Jack Britton, the author of an Institute for Fiscal Studies report into graduate pay, who referred to “a large class of men doing courses that have a zero or negative monetary value”. How do we measure the value of a degree? Is it solely and wholly on the basis of graduate earnings? Presumably, then, a degree that leads to a career in teaching or nursing is worth only a fraction of a degree that leads into commercial law or corporate accountancy? What about the value to society? What about the educational and intellectual value of a degree? What about less tangible factors such as cultural enrichment, interacting with people from other backgrounds, communication skills, fostering improved literacy?

Judging the value of academic qualifications purely on the basis of subsequent earnings is all too typical of the crass philistinism that the current government and the rightwing press routinely promote, and which views universities as little more than educational supermarkets selling a packaged product to bargain-hunting student consumers; universities in which education and learning are increasingly subordinated to providing the skills and training apparently demanded by big business.
Pete Dorey
Bath, Somerset

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Digitalpakt: Und die Schüler warten weiter auf Tablets und schnelles Internet

sueddeutsche_bild - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 19:32

Wer darf künftig für Bildung zahlen? Darüber streiten Bund und Länder. Die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten zum Digitalpakt.

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Did you solve it? An Aboriginal family puzzle

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 19:00

The solution to today’s puzzle

Earlier today I set you the following puzzle: Aboriginal groups are divided into subgroups, called “skins.” Your skin is determined at birth, based on your parents’ skins, and it does not change in your lifetime. Your skin will determine certain social rules, such as who you are allowed to marry.

The Warlpiri, who live northwest of Alice Springs, divide themselves into eight skins, according to the rules in the diagram below. Yes, it’s complicated! The skins are numbered 1 to 8. The horizontal rows indicate marriage correspondences, while the arrows point from mother to child. (All the marriages here are between men and women, and we can assume no divorces or half-siblings or step children.).

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'Second tier': Chicago charter school teachers plan to walk out in first major strike

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 18:41

Strike comes as negotiations for higher wages, more resources and smaller class sizes have hit an impasse

Chicago teachers are planning to walk out on Tuesday in what’s believed to be the country’s first major charter school teacher strike.

Teachers and their union argue the independent schools are overcrowded and underfunded and have been used to create a “second tier in the teaching profession”. The strike comes as negotiations for higher wages, more resources and smaller class sizes have hit an impasse.

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Campaigners criticise £50m fund for grammar schools expansion

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 17:15

Headteachers and campaigners fighting cuts to special needs education call move ‘sickening’

Headteachers and campaigners for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have reacted with fury to a government announcement that 16 grammar schools are to split a £50m bonus to create new school places.

Related: Councils face £536m shortfall in Send budgets, says LGA

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Plymouth university students' union votes to leave NUS

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 17:13
The University of Plymouth Students' Union will end its affiliation with the National Union of Students.
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'Dark day for freedom': Soros-affiliated university quits Hungary

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 16:50

Central European University is first major university to be pushed out of an EU country

Central European University has announced it will leave Budapest for Vienna next year after a protracted legal and rhetorical battle with the Hungarian government, in what is the first case of a major university being pushed out of an EU country.

The university, which teaches in English and is regarded as one of the best in the region, has been in the crosshairs of the government of Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, for the past two years, in part because of its affiliation with George Soros, who founded it and is still on the board.

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Sixteen grammars win funds to expand

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 15:50
The schools were selected from 39 applications and make up 10% of England's 163 grammar schools.
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En France, 44% des 25-34 ans sont diplômés du supérieur. Combien sont-ils en Chine ?

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 14:26
Pendant trois semaines, Eric Charbonnier, expert éducation à l’OCDE, vous propose une question par jour sur l’enseignement supérieur, en France et dans le monde. Une occasion de mieux connaitre ce secteur et ses enjeux. Premier volet ce lundi.
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Des lycées bloqués en soutien aux « gilets jaunes » et contre les réformes de l’éducation

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 13:02
Feux de poubelles, de palettes, voire de voitures… les lycéens tentent de se faire entendre, réclamant la démission du président.
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« En classe passerelle, on a un peu l’impression de servir de cobaye »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 12:33
Recalée de Parcoursup, Nana, 18 ans, de Garges-lès-Gonesses, s’est retrouvée parachutée en classe passerelle. Deux mois après la rentrée, entre profs mal préparés et absence de notation, elle n’est toujours pas convaincue.
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Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 12:00
Some students graduate from the ultra-Orthodox schools barely knowing how to read and write in English. New rules could force the schools to change how they operate.
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Can you solve it? An Aboriginal family puzzle

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 09:10

The skins they live in

Hi guzzlers,

Today I have a logic puzzle based on the complex kinship rules found in Australian Aboriginal society. Aboriginal groups are divided into subgroups, called “skins.” Your skin is determined at birth, based on your parents’ skins, and it does not change in your lifetime. Your skin will determine certain social rules, such as who you marry.

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P is for pterodactyl, T is for tsunami: the 'worst alphabet book' becomes a bestseller

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 09:00

A picture book dedicated to English’s strangest quirks has made the New York Times bestseller list, with the publisher scrambling to reprint. How did the rapper behind it dream it up?

The self-declared “worst alphabet book ever” has become a surprise hit over the last fortnight, with hundreds of thousands of parents rushing to get their hands on P is for Pterodactyl: a picture book that explains to children that while A might be for apple, it’s also for aisle.

Dreamed up by Raj Haldar, also known as the rapper Lushlife, with computer programmer Chris Carpenter, P is for Pterodactyl was published by US independent Sourcebooks on 13 November. The first print run of 10,000 copies sold out almost immediately, with the publisher now reporting more than 100,000 unfulfilled orders as they wait for a reprint of another 210,000 copies . Demand has also spiked in the UK; sales representative Rob Richardson said that social media buzz after a Facebook post from Imagination Soup saw sales spike from five to 3,000 orders overnight, with an additional and “pretty unprecedented” 10,000 advance orders the next day.

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Bristol parents share mixed-race hair tips

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 03/12/2018 - 08:49
A cafe in Bristol encourages people to share ideas on caring for African-Caribbean children's hair.
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