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Tooth decay: Parents 'put fizzy drinks' in baby bottles

bbc education - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 16:35
While the number of children with tooth decay is falling, dentists say parents need more help.
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There’s a side to Eton that you won’t read about in David Cameron’s memoirs | Musa Okwonga

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 15:30
The world-famous college keeps producing leaders who value power more than compassion. I’ve seen how that happens

David Cameron publishes his memoirs today, in which he looks back on his time at Eton college; and back on the drug use that, had he been from a different background, might have landed him in jail. Eton is proud of its political leaders. This can be seen from the fact that, in one of its most famous rooms, you can find the bust of every student who has gone on to become prime minister. Eton must ask itself, though, whether it is proud of the kind of leader that it is producing. It must also ponder why, if it truly sees itself as a school of leadership, there are more and more people who regard it and similar institutions as utterly unfit for purpose.

A few weeks ago, like thousands of other people, I shared a photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg on social media. The photo, an image of him reclining in the House of Commons as he listened to his furious opponent in a debate about Brexit, seemed to be the very image of entitlement. At a time when the country’s economy and social fabric were under unusual strain, there was Rees-Mogg, apparently revelling in the bedlam.

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Leserdiskussion: Ihre Meinung zur Waldorfschule

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 14:55

Die Waldorfschule feiert 100. Geburtstag. Rund 1150 Einrichtungen, die nach der Lehre Rudolf Steiners unterrichten, gibt es weltweit. "Ihre Beliebtheit ist auch eine Absage an das staatliche Bildungssystem", kommentiert SZ-Autor Matthias Drobinski.

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‘What’s taking so long?’: children’s books still neglect BAME readers, finds study

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 14:15

Although picture has improved since 2017, research shows that last year only 4% of books for the youngest readers featured a minority ethnic hero

In most children’s books, according to one London primary school pupil, “people are peach”. Another feels there are “no black people” in the stories they read, meaning that the characters they imagine always seem white.

The children, from Surrey Square primary school, were being interviewed for a new report into representation of people of colour, which reveals that in 2018 only 4% of children’s books published in the UK in 2019 had a minority ethnic hero. The survey included all new books for children aged between three and 11. The proportion is an increase on 2017, when just 1% of main characters were BAME.

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The California city where students with disabilities are 'segregated'

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 14:00

In the Sacramento city school district, nearly half of students with disabilities are separated from peers. A lawsuit claims the district is violating federal law

Stephen’s teachers started sending him to the separate room when he was in first grade.

Now 10, Stephen has been diagnosed with autism and anxiety. His mom said that when he got frustrated and behaved in ways teachers found disruptive – breaking pencils, blurting out or crumpling paper – educators swiftly removed him from the classroom, sending him to a room where he would sit the rest of the day without access to school work.

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100 Jahre Waldorfschulen: Erfolg in Pastell

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 13:15

Irgendwie anders und doch bürgerlich: Diese Schulen passen bestens in das wachsende schwarz-grüne Milieu. Ihre Beliebtheit ist auch eine Absage an das staatliche Bildungssystem.

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Record number of disadvantaged pupils get university places

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 12:36

More than a fifth of 18-year-olds from disadvantaged areas of UK are offered places this year

Record numbers of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have won places to go to university this year, according to the admissions agency Ucas.

More than a fifth of 18-year-olds (20.4%) from areas of the country with the lowest rate of participation in higher education have confirmed places at universities across the country, up from 19.4% last year.

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Sussex 'send ill kids to school' campaign sparks anger

bbc education - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 12:05
The council says there are already 175 non-school days a year and it advises parents to be "pushy".
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Syrian Children Saved a German Village. And a Village Saved Itself.

NYTimes - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 12:00
Four years after Germany took in over one million migrants, integration is quietly working, one village at a time.
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There is no longer any justification for private schools in Britain | Frances Ryan

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 10:00

Labour is right to debate the future of these unjust institutions, which at last are no longer seen as untouchable

A few years back, I finished a PhD on how to tackle Britain’s unequal life chances – which, among other measures, included abolishing private schools. Dusty academia seemed the home for this sort of proposal, one that has long filled endless papers but never quite makes it off the page and into reality.

That is no longer the case. In a few days, the Labour party will debate the future of private schools. The grassroots group Labour Against Private Schools (Laps) will bring a motion to the annual party conference in Brighton calling for the full integration of state and private schools, including nationalising the endowments of the hugely wealthy public schools. It has support from six constituency parties so far and the backing of senior party figures, with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, putting his weight behind the motion this week. A leaked memo to the Telegraph last week noted that the party is already considering making a manifesto pledge to remove tax breaks from the sector – while leaving the door open to getting rid of the schools altogether.

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'The youth generation is united': the uni students striking for the climate

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 09:00

As environmental activism grows in schools, anger with government inaction is mounting across university campuses

In a cold, dingy room at the back of a Loughborough pub, maths student Steff Farley would meet with friends to discuss an issue they felt no one was talking about on campus.

These conversations over a few pints were the start of a campaign that would eventually push the university to divest from fossil fuels. The students ran peaceful, relatively small demonstrations; they’d hand out leaflets about Loughborough’s fossil fuel investments during open days, or write fossil-free slogans in chalk on the campus grounds.

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Chesterfield school anxiety pupil 'treated like truant'

bbc education - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 03:33
Fourteen-year-old Kai wants to go to classes but has only attended about 15 days since January.
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Extra school cash 'enough to reverse cuts'

bbc education - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 03:25
Financial experts say schools are receiving a big funding boost - but only back to levels of a decade ago.
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Education spending fall from 2010 to now was worst since 1970s – IFS

the guardian - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 02:01

Promised increases will barely repair the squeeze felt since austerity began, report says

Schools and colleges in England have suffered the worst fall in spending since the depths of the 1970s, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The IFS research into education spending says the government’s promised increases in funding will barely repair the squeeze endured since 2010.

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New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents

NYTimes - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 21:14
Under the plan, tuition to all state colleges would be free for students regardless of family income.
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The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 20:57

England’s teachers are now working as long hours as bankers, but without the banker pay

The new secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, knows a lot about the heavy workloads piled on teachers. His wife used to teach in a primary school. Then she left the profession to become a teaching assistant partly because, he said this month, “there was always a big challenge in terms of workload, and this is one of the things we need to address”.

Indeed. More than personal experience, hard figures back up the cabinet minister’s worry. A new report from the UCL Institute of Education finds that one in four teachers in England work over 60 hours a week. It is standard for teachers to work into the evening and around one in 10 does weekends, too. These are approaching investment banker hours – without, needless to say, anything like investment banker pay: a newly qualified teacher outside the M25 can expect to start on £23,720. No other school system in the industrial world gouges so many hours out of its staff. Finland boasts what is commonly called the best education system on the planet, yet its average teacher clocks up 34 hours a week, while their counterpart in England does 49 hours. The consequences of all this pressure, say the trade unions, are stark and devastating. The National Education Union reports that one in three newly qualified teachers in English classrooms quit within five years, leading to fewer older teachers sticking around and thus to students being deprived of knowhow.

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Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 20:10

Darren Barr also faces assets seizure under legislation normally used for drug gangs

A prolific book thief has been jailed for 25 months after he stole more than 7,000 books from three universities in Edinburgh, before selling them online.

Darren Barr, 28, from Kinross in Perthshire, is believed to have made more than £30,000 by selling the textbooks through the online book markets WeBuyBooks, Ziffit and Zapper.

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Schools told to check they can provide meals after a no-deal Brexit

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 19:04

DfE letter aims to gauge preparedness but offers ‘little practical advice’

The Department for Education has told schools to ensure their own sources of food in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, as part of an urgent appeal to gauge preparations for Brexit.

The letter from the DfE – sent out this week and revealed by the education company Tes – was criticised by school leaders for putting the burden for maintaining food supplies on English schools and councils without giving any practical advice or support.

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Television workers twice as likely to have attended private school

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 17:11

Ofcom report finds startling lack of diversity among UK broadcasters

Television workers are twice as likely to have attended private schools compared with other workers, according to a report from Ofcom, which has found a startling lack of diversity among UK broadcasters.

Women and those from minority ethic groups remain under-represented in senior roles in the TV industry in the UK, and disabled people are under-represented in all roles, according to the media regulator’s annual report into diversity and equal opportunities in the industry.

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