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School open days are all about business. They put my teeth on edge

the guardian - 3 hours 36 min ago

Goody bags, glossy brochures – these events are more about making a corporate sales pitch than addressing the gritty realities of education

It is that time of year when parents and children of a certain age shop around for schools. My 15-year-old is looking for a sixth form to attend, and my 11-year old is trying to find a secondary school. So we have been going through the strange theatre of school open days. This is an odd moment when the ideals of education collide with the principles of commerce.

Secular school or not, there is always a god to be worshipped – choice. At one school I visited, which most resembled a slick, modernist factory, the sizeable mob waiting outside the school gates were handed goody bags containing a glossy brochure as well as an apple and a chocolate bar. The food, apparently, was meant to represent the idea of “choice” ( in case we didn’t get it).

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

the guardian - 3 hours 51 min ago

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

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Vacances en vue

lemonde_edu - 5 hours 56 min ago
La Toussaint, la première étape de l’année scolaire.
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Teaching children in hospital: 'Learning is still very much part of their world'

the guardian - 6 hours 18 min ago

What’s it like to work as an educator on a hospital ward? Elizabeth Armin, primary teacher and curriculum lead for maths at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital School, explains

The students that we teach at The Children’s Hospital School are here for many reasons: they may have received an organ transplant, be having treatment for cancer, have dialysis several times a week or be receiving physio rehabilitation, for example.

I work with children one-to-one on the wards – mostly long-stay primary-age students who are in hospital for quite a long time. Some of the students may be in hospital for months or may have regular shorter admissions and attend the hospital several days a week for many years.

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Maths : l’exemple singapourien qui fait rêver Blanquer

lemonde_edu - 6 hours 35 min ago
Le ministre de l’éducation a confié une mission à Cédric Villani pour améliorer l’enseignement de cette discipline.
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Campus security on sexual health week: 'we'll be as frank as our contracts allow'

the guardian - 9 hours 35 min ago

Some staff aren’t fond of the hijinks that happen during sexual health week, but we’ve got to make sure students are clued up on all things venereal

“You must see some sights,” people say when I tell them I’m a campus security guard. I reckon it’s code for, “How often do you catch students bonking in a hedge?” (The answer’s not often – no-one likes getting their stroke interrupted by a squirrel). Apart from stepping over the leavers who christen parking bays on the night of the summer ball, undergraduate sex antics is something we can thankfully avoid. That is until Shag Week rolls around.

Shag (Sexual Health And Guidance) Week runs at different times around the country. It showcases everything students could ever want to know about sex, warts and all.

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Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

bbc education - 9 hours 59 min ago
The extent to which the Home Counties professional classes dominate Oxbridge admissions is revealed.
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Seven years has changed nothing at Oxbridge. In fact, diversity is even worse | David Lammy

the guardian - 10 hours 5 min ago
My latest freedom of information requests paint a depressing picture of deep-rooted elitism. Only by centralising the admissions process can we eradicate it

In 2010, I submitted freedom of information requests to every Oxbridge college to get to grips with the reality of access to these elite institutions, away from whatever spin is written in a prospectus or on admissions pages online.

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

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Wales school cash reserves drop 'should ring alarm bells'

bbc education - 10 hours 57 min ago
New figures suggest schools are using cash reserves to "plug" funding shortfalls, a union warns.
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If millennials are wary of free speech, who can blame them? | Gaby Hinsliff

the guardian - 11 hours 4 min ago
Banning ‘no platform’ policies on campus would not be so easy. The web generation has witnessed the hijacking of decent debate

People who like banning things, should be banned from doing so. Discuss. And no, it’s not an A-level philosophy question. It is the essence of the argument the higher education minister Jo Johnson started this week, when he announced that universities who don’t protect freedom of speech on campus could be fined.

It was preposterous, he said, that someone like Germaine Greer could be no-platformed when “she has every right, if invited, to give her views on difficult and awkward subjects”. (Greer’s invitation to give a guest lecture at Cardiff University was famously challenged by its women’s officer, who accused her of transphobia, although it eventually went ahead). Fostering “healthy disagreement” and challenging conversations was, Johnson insisted, what universities are all about.

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Je später der Schulbeginn, desto besser die Noten

sueddeutsche_bild - 12 hours 31 min ago

Ihrer inneren Uhr wegen können die meisten Kinder nicht schon um 8 Uhr morgens konzentriert lernen. Die Schule muss endlich später anfangen.

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10 fines at the dentist... that weren't fine

bbc education - 14 hours 46 min ago
Getting a £100 fine at the dentist is distressing, particularly if it is believed to be in error, say patients.
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Oxford college drops Aung San Suu Kyi from common room's name

the guardian - 18 hours 11 min ago

Decision by students at St Hugh’s, where the leader of Myanmar also studied, is over her response to the Rohingya crisis

Undergraduates at the Oxford college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove the leader of Myanmar’s name from the title of their junior common room because of her response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

In a vote on Thursday evening, students at St Hugh’s college at the University of Oxford resolved to eliminate the name of the 1991 Nobel peace laureate from the Aung San Suu Kyi junior common room with immediate effect.

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How diverse is Oxbridge? Share your experiences

the guardian - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 23:00

A Guardian analysis has revealed that diversity at Oxbridge has slipped backwards in terms of ethnic, socio-economic and regional diversity. Share your stories with us

Ten Oxford and six Cambridge university colleges didn’t have a single black British A-level student in 2015, new figures have revealed. There are also significant regional disparities in the proportion of students getting into Oxbridge, with many areas of England and Wales failing to secure a single place for years on end.

Related: Oxbridge becoming less diverse as richest gain 80% of offers

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Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students

the guardian - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 23:00

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015

Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies by the former education minister David Lammy.

Related: Twenty-one Oxbridge colleges took no black students last year

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Oxbridge becoming less diverse as richest gain 80% of offers

the guardian - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 23:00

Oxford and Cambridge going backwards in drive to recruit students from poorer backgrounds and areas, data shows

Oxford and Cambridge universities have gone backwards on the socio-economic diversity of their student bodies, with more than four in five students coming from the most privileged groups, a Guardian analysis has found.

Data released to the MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 82% of offers from Oxford and 81% from Cambridge went to students from the top two socio-economic groups in 2015, up from 79% at both universities five years earlier.

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Ein Doktortitel fürs Wiederkäuen

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 19:57

In Deutschland werden mehr Doktorarbeiten denn je geschrieben - aber sie interessieren kaum noch. Das Beispiel der Philosophie zeigt, warum die Promotion ist in der Krise ist.

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This Black History Month, let’s try teaching that racism is still with us | Lola Okolosie

the guardian - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 19:28
The overriding narrative arc of black history in schools is one of long victimhood brought to a sudden end by Rosa Parks. Let’s end this soothing oversimplification

If you’re a teacher wanting to mark Black History Month with a discussion of racism, what is the best way to go about it? A helpful start might be to look no further than the treatment of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick or 102-cap former England player Eni Aluko.

Related: It’s Black History Month – and at last we’re celebrating British heroes | Yomi Adegoke

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Head of grammar school that excluded 'underachieving' students suspended

the guardian - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 18:35

New chair of governors at St Olave’s, which excluded sixth-form students who failed to perform, confirms Aydin Önaç suspended pending investigation

The headteacher of a leading grammar school that was found to be systematically forcing out A-level students if their grades were not good enough has been suspended pending an investigation by the local authority.

The new chair of governors at St Olave’s grammar school in Orpington, south-east London, confirmed on Thursday that Aydin Önaç had been suspended from all his responsibilities “without prejudice” while the inquiry was under way.

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St Olave's A-level row head suspended

bbc education - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 17:58
The head of a grammar school where pupils were stopped from taking A-levels has been suspended.
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