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Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

NYTimes - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 16:09
Mr. Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.
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Bristol University students face £100 noisy party fine

bbc education - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 15:52
Repeat offenders face a further fine of up to £250 in Bristol's bid to tackle late night disturbance.
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Let’s abolish school holidays. It’ll save you feeding the children

the guardian - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 14:00

What is the least you can get away with giving your kids for lunch at half-term before it starts looking like neglect?

Before we get going let’s accept that we all love our kids and wish only the best for the little darlings. Agreed? Good. With that established, let’s move on. Isn’t having to find something, dammit, anything to feed them across school holidays of the sort that are just beginning a total and utter pain in the arse?

People who usually leave the house for work suddenly find themselves marooned at home, without adult company, standing in front of a fridge, the contents of which simply aren’t engineered for an extra daily meal. Those of us who always work from home have different issues. We usually pass lunch standing in front of the fridge, prodding leftovers to see whether they’ve developed a furry crust, eating salami straight from the packet and eyeing cautiously a half-eaten packet of cheese strings. As a result, we are justifiably baffled by how demanding our own children are. I give you breakfast. I sort dinner. And now you want more? Can’t you go out and get a job or chase a fox or something? So what if you’re only seven.

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'Facebook baby ads taunted me after stillbirth'

bbc education - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 12:32
Anna England Kerr was shown ads for cots, cribs and IVF, despite trying to turn them off.
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Oxford Conservatives Bullingdon Club ban overturned

bbc education - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 12:25
Oxford University's Conservative Association cancels a ban on members of the notorious dining club.
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We need to reach children before they decide university isn't for them | Christopher Birchall

the guardian - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 09:30

To boost social mobility, universities need to start speaking to children from disadvantaged backgrounds at a younger age

Traditionally, universities looking to widen access have focused on secondary aged children preparing to take their next step in education. This is certainly an important moment in a young person’s life, but in many cases it may be too late to shape their decision-making. Universities are looking to solve problems which can become entrenched far earlier in a child’s education.

In 2016, a Ucas survey pointed out that children who know they want to enter higher education by age 10 or earlier are 2.6 times more likely to end up at a more competitive university than someone who decided in their late teens. This is why universities need to do more work in primary schools.

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Knobelei der Woche: Knacken Sie das Zahlenmuster?

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 18:06

Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal müssen Sie Rechenkünste beweisen.

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No retrial for 'sex on plane' teacher Eleanor Wilson

bbc education - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 18:06
The BBC understands "a number of factors" were behind the decision not to pursue the case.
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Astrology Is Hard, Even if It’s Fake

NYTimes - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 17:09
There’s an exam, and it involves math. In fact, there are many exams.
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Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?

the guardian - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 17:00

Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat

“Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “Kaffi og kleina” – in the language of the Vikings, the official language of Iceland.

It is a privilege of the few to be able to read and write Icelandic, a language understood by only around 400,000 people worldwide. Icelandic, in which the historic Sagas were written in the 13th and 14th centuries, has changed so little since then on our small and isolated island, that we can still more or less read them as they were first written.

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Thousands of Theodore Roosevelt’s Papers Are Now Online

NYTimes - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 17:00
The Library of Congress says it has digitized the largest collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s papers in the world.
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Science Fair review – riveting lessons from the smartest kids in school

the guardian - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:00

This sharp, refreshing documentary charts the fortunes of high-school students in the unashamed pursuit of excellence

This National Geographic documentary is a really watchable, enjoyable account of America’s annual International Science and Engineering Fair, a gigantic competition open to high-school science students from all over the globe. At the annual final in Los Angeles, 1,700 young people must present their projects in trade-fair-type booths and be prepared to answer questions from judges who tour around, taking notes. Translators are provided.

This film follows a handful of these competitors: outspoken, smart, idealistic, unburdened by false modesty, and with a sublime kind of innocence. It is refreshing to watch something unashamedly concerned with excellence and objectivity, a contest that cannot be won by the person who shouts loudest about it being rigged or culturally biased, and it is also refreshing to see that scientists are not being belittled as “nerds”, or encouraged to humblebrag themselves by using this term.

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Programmes scolaires en géographie : « Le Conseil supérieur des programmes propose de tout dynamiter »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 16:00
Les propositions de réforme des programmes de géographie et de géopolitique des lycées généraux faites au sein du Conseil supérieur des programmes sont en décalage total avec la géopolitique et l’histoire du temps présent, estime un collectif de géographes dans une tribune au « Monde ».
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Thousands of babies in toxic homes, warns commissioner

bbc education - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 11:35
Too many babies in England live in homes blighted by addiction, violence and mental ill-health - report.
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La Cour des comptes signe l’aveu d’échec des politiques d’éducation prioritaire

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 11:19
Dans un rapport, elle plaide pour un recentrage sur le primaire, source des inégalités scolaires.
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« Le classement scolaire scelle trop vite le destin professionnel et social des personnes »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 08:15
Dans une tribune au « Monde », les auteurs d’une enquête auprès de collégiens déplorent que les « choix » d’orientation soient plus souvent guidés par la réussite scolaire que par les compétences des élèves.
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« La France doit élargir la base de ses bons élèves »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 07:30
Dans une tribune au « Monde », Vanessa Wisnia-Weill, spécialiste des questions d’éducation et de famille, estime que la réduction des inégalités sociales d’accès aux grandes écoles passe d’abord par l’élévation du niveau scientifique d’un plus grand nombre d’élèves.
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Norwich vigil remembers stillborn babies

bbc education - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 02:47
They were remembered at candlelit vigil in a city centre.
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The students who fear for their ambitions amid college cuts

bbc education - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 02:42
Teenagers share their views as staff and students prepare to protest against cuts to further education funding.
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Should universities consider ethnicity in admissions?

bbc education - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 02:07
Harvard has been accused of racial bias in picking students. Should universities really consider ethnic backgrounds?
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