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Brexit could mute Great War centenary

bbc education - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 14:12
A prominent historian says the sacrifice of the Great War should be marked, despite sensitivities around Brexit talks.
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I once marched against tuition fees. Now I can see their worth | Sonia Sodha

the guardian - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 11:49
Scrapping fees does nothing to help disadvantaged young people. The money would be better spent helping all, regardless of their chosen path

There’s plenty to make me cringe when I reminisce about my university days, and it doesn’t stop with my dodgy sense of style. If I’m honest, I feel a little shame-faced about the narrower world view I inhabited back then. One of the ways that manifested itself was the enthusiasm with which I threw myself into campaigning against tuition fees. Then, the government was proposing raising fees from £1,000 to £3,000 a year. Cue much passionate marching in student demos, earnest drafting of student union responses to government white papers, and letter-writing to MPs.

The reason I got so exercised about a fee hike that might seem fairly modest in the context of the £9,000 fees most universities are charging today, was that the university I went to, Oxford, had a big access problem (and indeed still does). Young people from working-class backgrounds were, and are, seriously under-represented. As someone who’d had all the benefits of a middle-class upbringing – including parents who nurtured my aspirations every step of the way – that struck me as deeply unfair, and I got very involved with our student union’s access-widening schemes. I thought higher fees would further discourage any young people who might think university wasn’t for them.

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Academics Anonymous: the best secret blogs of 2017

the guardian - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 11:39

As the weekly column which puts university life under a microscope turns four, we cast an eye back at this year’s best blogs

It’s been a tough 2017 for universities in public life – and behind closed doors there have been struggles too. This year’s Academics Anonymous columns have tackled themes ranging from Brexit and the vice-chancellor pay scandal, to mental health and sexual harassment. If you’d like to lift the veil on what’s happening in your university, do get in touch.

Every column has shed light on how big picture issues affect staff working at the coalface of academia, but these ten are the ones that really got our community talking, or which we think have shown particular insight. Let us know which blogposts resonated most with you in the comments section.

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Bac ES 2018, des révisions pour les fêtes

lemonde_edu - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 11:21
Claude Garcia, professeur de sciences économiques et sociales propose de poursuivre les révisions au baccalauréat entre les fêtes.
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Winning a Duke of Edinburgh gold award in prison

bbc education - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 05:22
An outdoors expedition meant camping on a prison football pitch, but it helped turned around a young inmate's life.
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Learning a language is resolution for one in five Brits, survey says

bbc education - Fri, 29/12/2017 - 03:56
Spanish was the most popular language to learn, a British Council survey suggests.
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Universities legally bound to protect free speech | Letters

the guardian - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 19:29
Instead of protecting free speech, universities have negated it, says Jonathan Rosenhead; we are entering dangerous waters if we allow the no-platform policy to silence debate, writes Jill Rooney; Bob Ward says that universities must remain institutions that help students distinguish facts from fictions

Jo Johnson has decided to grasp the nettle of free speech at universities (Students attack no-platform threat, 27 December). It’s a prickly subject.

The minister seems to have “no-platforming” by student unions in his sights. However, there is a major free-speech failure by the universities themselves that is easier to fix. For some years now universities, not the student unions, have been routinely obstructing campus events that focus on Palestinian rights and their denial by Israel. The government’s own adoption of the discredited IHRA definition of antisemitism a year ago has fuelled this, with play-safe administrations seemingly unclear about the difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. It was Jo Johnson himself who instructed Universities UK to send this definition round to all universities – with a pointed suggestion that they adopt it for internal use. No single act in recent years has been less helpful to free speech in universities.

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Concours d’entrée à Sciences Po : quelques conseils pour l’épreuve d’histoire

lemonde_edu - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 15:00
Alain Mantez, professeur d’histoire-géographie, explique dans un entretien à quel rythme et sur quels types d’exercices les élèves doivent travailler.
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Dans les écoles de commerce, la langue française est à la peine

lemonde_edu - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 11:15
Les cours en anglais se généralisent dans les écoles de commerce, notamment pour attirer les étudiants étrangers. Rien ne semble pouvoir arrêter le phénomène d’anglicisation.
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There’s too much sex in sex education. We need more on relationships | Georgia Chambers

the guardian - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 09:59
Young people need to know about support, commitment and mutual respect – that relationships are about more than just a physical act

Over the next eight weeks, the government will be asking parents and young people for their opinions on what topics should be covered in sex education. These will help to shape part of the new Department for Education guidelines, which haven’t changed since 2000: there is expected to be new guidance on sexting, internet pornography and LGBT issues.

While this move is welcome, it made me realise how much was missing from even the basic aspects of sex education, which I was taught not that long ago (I’m now 21) in my all-girls school.

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Edhem Eldem : « Aucune épithète ne peut définir la relation entre Ottomans et Occidentaux »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 08:00
Nouveau titulaire de la chaire d’histoire turque et ottomane au Collège de France, occupée jusqu’en 2013 par Gilles Veinstein, Edhem Eldem a prononcé sa leçon inaugurale le 21 décembre, intitulée « L’Empire ottoman et la Turquie face à l’Occident » et dont « Le Monde » publie de larges extraits.
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Worried about screens and eyesight?

bbc education - Thu, 28/12/2017 - 02:52
Worried about the impact of screens on your child's eyesight? Get them outdoors, say doctors.
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Beware the dangerous orthodoxy of neoclassical economics | Letters

the guardian - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 20:05
Academics Hugh Goodacre and Jeffrey Henderson voice their concern at the dominance of neoclassical theory in modern economics teaching, while Peter Swann and David Redshaw highlight the failures of recent economic models. John Clifford thinks August Strindberg was right all along

My colleagues at University College London, professors Blundell, Machin, Attanasio and others, are to be congratulated for providing such a succinct outline of the neoclassical school of thought in economics (Letters, 22 December). The ideas and methods of that school of thought, and those currents of research which accept its intellectual hegemony within the economics discipline (behavioural economics, game theory, etc) should undoubtedly be part of any curriculum taught to economics students today.

What is objectionable in the standpoint of such adherents of this dominant school of thought, however, is the doctrine that there are “no schools of thought in economics”, by which they mean, of course, that there is no other school of thought apart from their own. This idea – absurd as it appears to anyone who follows discussions on economic issues in the media and public life – has unfortunately become reality in the economics department of UCL and all too many other universities today, due to the ruthless exploitation by the dominant orthodoxy of its freedom to appoint and promote academic staff.

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Fining universities for no-platforming denies the idea of academic freedom | Simon Jenkins

the guardian - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 19:04
The government says it wants to ensure free speech on campus – yet under the Prevent strategy it has its own list of banned speakers

Who has the right to decide what students hear, read or see? The National Union of Students thinks it has that right. It argues that this is a free country and it can decide whom to censor. Universities minister Jo Johnson disagrees. He sees modern students as mollycoddled snowflakes who should grow up. He intends to fine universities that shield themselves and their charges from opinions merely because they “could cause offence”.

There is no argument here. The NUS is right and Johnson is wrong. The union advises students on public meetings, and feels it must protect them from certain people and views. It has a list of six proscribed rightwing and Islamist organisations, such as the British National party and Hizb ut-Tahrir. Member unions can, of course, no-platform other groups and individuals. Like Johnson, I might consider this overprotective, vindictive – even childish. But since when has tolerance or open debate been a feature of student politics?

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Wie sollten Schüler auf die digitalisierte Arbeitswelt vorbereitet werden?

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 13:28

Angesichts der voranschreitenden Digitalisierung braucht Deutschland dringend ein neues Bildungssystem, fordert SZ-Autor Alexander Hagelüken. Wie könnte das aussehen?

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‘Check your privilege’ used to annoy me. Now I get it | Gaby Hinsliff

the guardian - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 09:00
No one likes to believe they’ve been given a leg up in life. But in truth, whether it’s by being white, or straight, or even just able to read, most of us have

There are worse character traits, I know, than sanctimony. After all, it’s really just good liberal instincts taken to overly pious extremes. But the urge to sit in self-righteous judgment on everyone else, to luxuriate in one’s own moral superiority, is so often what helps the left make enemies out of potential friends.

So when the phrase “check your privilege” began to be bandied around on social media some years ago – as a sort of rough shorthand for “you can’t possibly know what you’re talking about, because unlike me, you have never truly suffered” – it grated. I told myself that was because it was invariably deployed by sanctimonious people when losing arguments. But in the last couple of years, as “check your privilege” has gone wherever fashionable catchphrases go to die and been superseded by a more thoughtful examination of what privilege means and what responsibilities it confers, I’ve come to realise that isn’t really why I hated it. It’s probably not why anyone hated it. The real problem is that nobody likes to think of themselves as privileged, with its connotations of pampered ignorance and thoroughly undeserved success. Yet most of us are vulnerable to the charge on some level, myself included.

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I’m being chased for rent arrears, but the student block was unfit for purpose

the guardian - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 09:00
Mezzino, the management company for Jubilee Court in Preston, has offered paltry compensation despite major issues with the accommodation

I recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire where I rented private student accommodation at Jubilee Court in Preston.

The new building was unfit for occupation for parts of the 2016/17 academic year and the facilities substandard for the rest of the time.

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Gentlewoman magazine reports on scholarships for women – archive, 1907

the guardian - Wed, 27/12/2017 - 07:00

27 December 1907 The scheme, a post-graduate study of two years at Oxford, Cambridge, or London Universities hopes for the same success that the Cecil Rhodes scheme for men enjoys

An international and inter-colonial scholarship scheme for women, on lines similar to that which the late Cecil Rhodes in his will laid down for the benefit of young men, was drawn up some time ago by an American woman; and already (according to the “Gentlewoman”) it has every prospect of permanent success.

Mme. Thayer, president of the American circle of the Lyceum Club, is the authoress of the scheme, and is making it her life-work. Some time ago she placed it before the Education committee of the Society of American Women in London, of which she was then Chairman.

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Student leaders criticise Jo Johnson after threat over no-platforming policies

the guardian - Τρίτη, 26/12/2017 - 22:23

Higher education minister accused of exaggeration after threatening to fine universities that failed to defend free speech

Jo Johnson, the higher education minister, is facing a backlash from students after he threatened fines against universities that failed to defend free speech on campuses.

The government was accused of both exaggerating the issue and failing to listen to student concerns, after Johnson set out the policy in a speech on Boxing Day.

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Do UK universities cost more and deliver less? | Letters

the guardian - Τρίτη, 26/12/2017 - 20:16
Kate Pickett on the comparative costs of UK and German higher education; Lorenza Antonucci sees increasing inequalities; Sally Tomlinson on the sustainability of Germany’s low fees; plus Pete Dorey and Robert Walls

Nick Hillman (Letters, 21 December) claims to be “a huge fan” of Danny Dorling (Let’s say Auf Wiedersehen to our rip-off tuition fees, 19 December) yet criticises his statistics without providing any source for his own. Dorling and Ben Hennig’s data is the most recent available, uses the proper method to look at children’s life chances, and shows that a higher number and higher proportion of young people go to university in Germany than in the UK.

When Hillman asserts that the UK “spends more than Germany educating each student”, he fails to recognise that this is not wonderful if it is a consequence of our universities being more expensive – costing more and delivering less.

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