Damian Hinds says top institutions will spend £860m to support the disadvantaged
Elite universities are not instinctively biased against disadvantaged children but must do more to improve access, the UK’s education secretary has said.
In his first major speech on social mobility, Damian Hinds said there was a “very legitimate public interest” to ensure attempts to encourage children to attend the top higher education institutions reach “deep into the country” and to every group.Continue reading...
As more women speak up over sexual violence, universities are cracking down on ‘lad culture’
On Katia Baudon’s very first day as a fresher at Kent University in September 2015, she says, she was raped by a fellow student. The experience was so traumatising that she ended up having to retake her first year. Baudon reported the attack to the university authorities in February 2016. They put her in touch with the police. Her case was not prosecuted as the police decided there was insufficient evidence because she had reported it four months after the event.
Baudon, who has successfully finished her second year studying English and French law, says she felt unable to tell her university when the assault first happened. “I felt isolated and had panic attacks on a daily basis,” she explains. She was galvanised into action, though, when she heard another student had said she had been assaulted by the same person.Continue reading...
Dear Damian Hinds, reducing learning to yes-no questions, like Brexit, is not a great idea| Michael Rosen
Dear Damian Hinds
We’re easing into the holiday mood, and looking forward to six weeks without any pre-exam revision panic, morning-of-exam nerves, or post-exam depression. Of course, we have still got something to look forward to: the summer misinformation-fest, when headlines will roar that “results have improved” or “slumped”, or both at the same time. We’ll probably hear how “top schools” have done better, or not so well, and some schools are “failing”, as if these matters were unrelated to the nature of the schools’ intakes or their rates of “out-takes” – that is, their pupil exclusions, which we’ve heard a lot about lately, or their invisible “off-rolling”.Continue reading...
On a busy high street in Exeter, a two-metre high poster on a telephone box screams the parting words of a local teacher so angry about the way children are being taught and assessed he is quitting teaching after nearly two decades. “CHILDREN! YOU ARE NOT DATA,” it shouts in capitals: “LEARN, INSPIRE, DREAM, CREATE. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU TO BE THE BEST AT WHAT YOU LOVE.”
The poster was created by Kevin Payne, a year 3 and 4 teacher at Landscore primary school, who left his job last week after 17 years in the profession. “I wanted to send a message to children that teachers care about them – and that they are worth more than just a piece of paper that says whether or not they are meeting an expected standard.”Continue reading...
Frankreichs Präsident Macron lässt Smartphones an Schulen verbieten. In Deutschland gibt es ein ähnliches Verbot in Bayern. Wie stark beeinflussen die Geräte den Schulalltag?
Damian Hinds to address parents’ concerns about screen time in first major speech on social mobility
More than a quarter of children starting primary school are unable to communicate in full sentences as concerns grow about the amount of time they are spending in front of screens, the education secretary will say in his first major speech on social mobility.
Damian Hinds is expected to say on Tuesday that he wants to harness technology so parents can do more to help their children’s early language development.Continue reading...
Rot-Grün hat NRW vor fünf Jahren eine Radikalvariante der Inklusion verordnet, die keinem Kind gerecht wird. Eine Kehrtwende ist nötig.
Nicht nur Mobiltelefone, auch Smartwatches und Tablets sollen künftig nur noch in Ausnahmefällen in Frankreichs Schulen erlaubt sein. Ein ähnliches Gesetz hat in Deutschland nur Bayern.
Während die Inklusionsquoten aufgeblasen werden, geht die Ausgrenzung behinderter Kinder an Förderschulen weiter. Es braucht eine Reform, die den Namen verdient.
Müssen Studenten vor aufwühlender Literatur geschützt werden?
Regelschulen entlasten, Sonderschulen erhalten: Der Umgang mit behinderten Kindern hängt vom Parteibuch ab.
When public figures are no longer held to account for their misdeeds, it opens the door for nameless people to spew vitriol without consequences
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said: “The buck stops here”. Obama slightly rephrased this in 2014 when the Democrats did not do well in the mid-terms. That may as well have been the neolithic era. Now, the buck doesn’t stop anywhere, it just goes on to make more bucks. We used to talk about the end of deference; I will believe that when Theresa May stops looking like she is playing a game of Twister every time she meets a minor royal, or when some egomaniac businessman is not treated as a deity because he has invented a see-through vacuum cleaner.
What has actually happened is the end of accountability.The bigger you are, the less accountable you are. This is now just an accepted fact of life. Bankers caused a crash and walked away unscathed. George Osborne was the architect of austerity, which left the fabric of so many lives in tatters. Now, he has about 10 part-time jobs, one of which is editing a newspaper, and still he gives advice to his party. “If the Conservative party does not try to reconnect with modern Britain, with urban, with ethnically diverse, sexually diverse Britain it is politically screwed,” says the man who screwed the poorest people in the country. Soon, his nasty fantasy of chopping up May and putting her in bags in his freezer may come true.Continue reading...
The solutions to today’s puzzles
Earlier today I set you three Skyscrapers puzzles. You can read the explanation of the puzzle in that article, or print out the puzzles here.
The solutions are below:Continue reading...
Attack the block!
Skyscrapers is one of my favourite Japanese logic puzzles because it forces you to think three-dimensionally, and also because Tokyo is full of skyscrapers.Continue reading...