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City Will Move Sidelined Teachers From Limbo to Classrooms

NYTimes - 2 hours 53 min ago
New York pays more than 800 teachers without permanent jobs, now it plans to put them into school vacancies, whether principals want them or not.
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Cambridge University Press blocks readers in China from articles

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 21:14

Academics and contributors dismayed after hundreds of CUP articles in China Quarterly become inaccessible in country

Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles – including some published decades ago – after a request by Chinese authorities, arguing that it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred.

The publisher confirmed that hundreds of articles in China Quarterly, a respected scholarly journal, would be inaccessible within China, after a letter from the journal’s editor protesting against the move was published.

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Trump could lose honorary law degree after Charlottesville remarks

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 18:54
  • Lehigh University considers rescinding president’s doctor of laws status
  • Robert Gordon University took back Trump’s honorary business degree in 2015

One of the three universities to give Donald Trump an honorary doctorate is considering whether to revoke it in the wake of his controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

The board of trustees at Lehigh University – based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – will decide whether to rescind the president’s doctor of laws status when it next convenes in October.

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Experts attack Channel 4's 'exploitative' Child Genius

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 17:07

Wendy Berliner of Education Media Centre says she is ‘horrified’ by programme that purports to identify Britain’s cleverest child

Child Genius, the Channel 4 series that will claim to identify the country’s cleverest child, has been compared to a circus exploiting children by educational experts and criticised as a “missed opportunity” by an authority on gifted children.

The current series has repeatedly run into controversy. Its makers were accused of putting children as young as nine years old under pressure akin to child abuse. Parents were also accused of pressuring their children and of cheating to help them improve their scores. And viewers have targeted the young contestants for getting upset when they fail to perform as well as they hoped.

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Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site

NYTimes - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:45
The Chinese authorities had ordered the publishing house to censor more than 300 articles related to sensitive issues or its site risked being shut down.
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Wie sollten Bund und Länder dem Lehrermangel begegnen?

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:31

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Stellen und Bewerbern sei so groß wie seit 20 Jahren nicht mehr, sagt der Präsident des deutschen Lehrerverbands. Diese Zuspitzung ist vor allem auf den gestiegenen Bedarf an Lehrern zurückzuführen. Außerdem gebe es insgesamt mehr Schüler. Sollten Lehrer nach Bedarf ausgebildet werden?

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Fewer UK students gain place on degree course, Ucas figures show

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 14:11

Compared with this time last year, 20,700 fewer candidates gain entry, though higher number succeed during clearing

The number of students accepted on to degree courses at UK universities is down 1.3% compared to last year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The latest Ucas figures show that 437,070 people from the UK had found courses as of midnight, about 20,700 fewer than had been placed at the same point last year.

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Clearing placements at five-year high, early figures show

bbc education - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 14:04
New figures show record numbers placed through clearing as universities seek to fill places.
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If degree apprenticeships are to widen access, we need to raise awareness | Petra Wilton

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:21

Degree apprenticeships are a great tool in improving life chances for disadvantaged students. But they need to know they exist

  • Petra Wilton is director of strategy at the Chartered Management Institute

Newspaper headlines this week have been dominated by A-level results and the fall in university acceptances. But few talked about the alternative higher education routes available to these student – specifically degree apprenticeships. These valuable programmes could play a major role in widening participation in higher education, plugging the UK’s widening skills gap and closing the gap in attainment levels of the richest and poorest students. Yet awareness of them is still unacceptably low. This needs to change.

Related: BTec results are out too – let's give these students the attention they deserve

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Clearing: how to book a campus visit

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:00

Not sure which clearing offer to commit to? Sign up for an open day or two

Are you weighing up several clearing offers? Perhaps you’ve found the perfect course, but aren’t sure you’ll like the university itself, or the city it’s in? Either way, paying a visit or two to prospective universities will put you in a much better position to make an informed choice.

Booking to attend an open day is straightforward. Students are often informed about when they can visit when they go through clearing, and many unis allow you to book online. Some pull out all the stops to entice potential students. Queen’s University Belfast not only wooes the next set of first-years with free or subsidised flights to its clearing week, but also promises personalised one-to-one tours of the campus. “From the moment students arrive on campus during clearing week they’ll be treated like a VIP,” says Anthony McGrath, domestic student recruitment manager at Queen’s. “Clearing week can be stressful for some students, but we try to make it as exciting as possible.” Other institutions, including the University of Plymouth, offer visitors free accommodation the night before open day.

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Beware the temporary academic contract, it's not always as it seems

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:30

I leapt at the chance to take on a full-time temporary role. Until my place at the bottom of the hierarchy was revealed

When I received the phone call from the chair of the English department offering me a job at my local college in the US, I was beyond elated. I remember him saying, “Now, this is a full-time temporary position. I don’t know why they do that. It’s pretty much the same as full-time, you’ll just get paid a little less.” It seemed OK to me, as a struggling part-timer looking for a way in.

I soon realised it was not the same. At all.

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Film by Beijing Students Explores Being Young and Transgender in China

NYTimes - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:07
The high school students made “Escape,’’ a film about a transgender teenager’s journey to self-acceptance, to raise awareness about the struggles of transgender people.
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Neoliberalism: the idea that changed the world

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 08:00

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By Stephen Metcalf

Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate over “neoliberalism”: they admitted it exists. Three senior economists at the IMF, an organisation not known for its incaution, published a paper questioning the benefits of neoliberalism. In so doing, they helped put to rest the idea that the word is nothing more than a political slur, or a term without any analytic power. The paper gently called out a “neoliberal agenda” for pushing deregulation on economies around the world, for forcing open national markets to trade and capital, and for demanding that governments shrink themselves via austerity or privatisation. The authors cited statistical evidence for the spread of neoliberal policies since 1980, and their correlation with anaemic growth, boom-and-bust cycles and inequality.

Neoliberalism is an old term, dating back to the 1930s, but it has been revived as a way of describing our current politics – or more precisely, the range of thought allowed by our politics. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, it was a way of assigning responsibility for the debacle, not to a political party per se, but to an establishment that had conceded its authority to the market. For the Democrats in the US and Labour in the UK, this concession was depicted as a grotesque betrayal of principle. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, it was said, had abandoned the left’s traditional commitments, especially to workers, in favour of a global financial elite and the self-serving policies that enriched them; and in doing so, had enabled a sickening rise in inequality.

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The Guardian view on A-levels: another misdirected reform | Editorial

the guardian - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 21:54
Michael Gove wanted to make exams more rigorous. He should have concentrated on widening opportunity for all school leavers

Michael Gove, now environment secretary, arrived at the Department for Education at the start of the 2010 coalition with a closely worked blueprint for raising academic standards. Mr Gove long ago moved on, but his reforms have now reached fruition in the first set of results of his “more rigorous” A-levels. A core group of 13 of the most academic subjects – but excluding maths and further maths – no longer have an AS exam, only an end of course final test. Initial fears that that would mean worse results were eased when Sally Collier, the head of the joint council for qualifications, confirmed that, as usual, there would be “smoothing” so that this year’s grades reflected the abilities of the pupils sitting them. As a result, it is hard to interpret the significance of the headline findings showing a small decline in overall passes, and boys doing slightly better, girls slightly worse, than they did last year.

But in a buyer’s market where a demographic dip means fewer 18-year-olds, who are applying for places in a rapidly expanding university sector, more students than ever have decided to wait and apply once they know their A-level grades. At least that is what universities hope. For there is mounting evidence that with the graduate bonus shrinking, consent for student fees is ebbing away. This September, not only do the poorest students lose their maintenance grants and nursing students their bursaries, but fees go up to £9,250 and loans attract an interest rate of 6.1%. That is around three times the rate of a personal loan or a mortgage, and it will be levied despite repayments being securely collected through graduates’ pay packets. It is extortionate. The man who first introduced fees, Andrew Adonis, is now campaigning against them. Even David Willetts, who as universities minister raised fees to £9,000, thinks recent changes have gone too far.

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How to turn Britain’s universities into comprehensives | Sonia Sodha

the guardian - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 20:39
A more localised system with less academic selection might be better and cheaper

Is it worth it? That’s the question many young people starting university this autumn have to grapple with in a way previous generations haven’t. Young people now graduate with an average debt of more than £50,000, which three quarters of them will never pay off. So the vast majority will spend most of their working lives effectively paying an extra 9p of income tax for every pound they earn over £21,000.

Related: I went to Oxford. As a black female student, I found it alienating and elitist | Afua Hirsch

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"Wir steuern in einen pädagogischen Notstand"

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:54

Die Schüler kommen nach den Ferien zurück an die Schulen. Doch statt Lehrern warten nun oft Pensionäre und Quereinsteiger auf sie - weil die Politik Angst vor einem Überangebot hat.

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Berufseinstieg? Für Psychotherapeuten unbezahlbar

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:54

Kaum ein Psychologe, der sich zum Therapeuten weiterbildet, kann von seinem Gehalt leben. Ein eigener Studiengang könnte das ändern.

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Grenfell students staying positive on exam results day

bbc education - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:44
Students at Kensington Aldridge Academy close to Grenfell Tower have been finding out their AS and A-level results
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A very English celebration for Farnborough's A-level students

the guardian - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:32

Champagne and strawberries on the menu at sixth-form college that matched last year’s record pass rate of 99.2%

Four years ago, Zahira Choudhry arrived in the UK knowing only one English phrase: “Can I go to the toilet please?” But on Thursday she was one of a number of students at Farnborough sixth-form college, Hampshire, celebrating stellar A-level results.

Choudhry, who was born and brought up in Italy, got distinction* grades (equivalent to A-level A*s) in CTecs in both business and health and social care, as well as passing the Ielts English-language test needed to show her English is at the requisite level to study at university in the UK.

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A-level agony?

bbc education - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 18:54
Results not quite what you were expecting? Two experts are on hand with some advice.
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