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Exam reforms boost private pupils in race for universities

the guardian - Sun, 30/12/2018 - 00:59

Tough tests are forced on state schools as data reveals benefit to independent sector

Tory education reforms are giving private school pupils a huge additional advantage in the hunt for university places and jobs by allowing them to sit easier GCSEs than the more rigorous exams that are being forced upon state schools, new official figures suggest.

Data released in parliamentary answers, and research into the exams chosen by private schools, shows the extent to which the independent sector is still opting for less demanding, internationally-recognised GCSEs (IGCSEs), which state schools are progressively being barred from using.

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Kansas Boy, 16, Is Set to Graduate in the Spring From High School — and Harvard

NYTimes - Sat, 29/12/2018 - 23:22
The teenager said he hopes to go to law school in the fall, and his goal is to one day become president.
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How to talk about sex with your children

the guardian - Sat, 29/12/2018 - 17:00

It’s no easy task for parents, but there are ways to start this crucial conversation

“If you had a question about sex, where would you go?” I ask my 12-year-old daughter, Orla. She doesn’t look up from her phone. “I’d ask online,” she deadpans. “then delete my browser history.”

“You wouldn’t come to me?” I venture, worried, hurt, amused and (a tiny part) relieved. “Mum, if I asked you about sex, I’d then have to imagine you having sex and that would be traumatic for me,” is the answer I get back.

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New Year Honours 2019: Ex gang member on list for anti-crime work

bbc education - Sat, 29/12/2018 - 00:30
Stephen Addison now runs boxing classes to channel young people's energy away from crime.
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‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

NYTimes - Fri, 28/12/2018 - 12:00
At Wolf Point High School in rural Montana, Native American students face the same neglect Native students across the U.S. do as they navigate a school system that has failed American Indians.
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'Blatantly sexist': backlash against South Korea's sex education

the guardian - Fri, 28/12/2018 - 10:28

Students are taught from a young age that women must look pretty and men must earn a lot of money

Finding the perfect life partner can be difficult, but South Korean students are taught from an early age the ideal method for attracting a spouse is really quite simple.

“Women have to work on their appearance and men have to work on improving their financial capabilities,” say the government guidelines for high school pupils.

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« Accès des femmes aux postes hospitalo-universitaires : il est temps de passer à l’action »

lemonde_edu - Fri, 28/12/2018 - 07:22
Dans une tribune au « Monde », un collectif de médecins appelle le gouvernement à mener un état des lieux sur la place des femmes dans les carrières hospitalo-universitaires en France afin de favoriser leur accès aux postes de direction dans le domaine de la santé
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Exam stress creating 'troubled generation' - ex-civil service chief

the guardian - Thu, 27/12/2018 - 16:31

Gus O’Donnell says Britain is ‘sleepwalking into a deepening crisis’ of mental health

An “addiction to exams” is fuelling stress, anxiety and failure in schools across the UK, the former head of the civil service has said.

Gus O’Donnell said the UK was “sleepwalking into a deepening crisis” and called for the current exam system to be overhauled.

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Bac 2019 : « Profiter de la trêve des confiseurs pour commencer en douceur ses révisions »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 27/12/2018 - 12:53
Claude Garcia, professeur de Sciences économiques et sociales, invite les futurs bacheliers SES à passer le réveillon avec Marx, Weber, Smith et Ricardo. Au menu, entre le foie gras et la bûche : PIB, libre échange, stratification sociale…
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University of Northampton: Reported crime reaches six-year high

bbc education - Thu, 27/12/2018 - 09:17
The University of Northampton is spending nearly £800,000 on a team of campus police officers.
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Schools urged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022

the guardian - Thu, 27/12/2018 - 02:01

Education secretary asks headteachers to consider using sustainable alternatives

Schools are being encouraged to set themselves the target of eliminating their reliance on single-use plastics by 2022.

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has urged headteachers in England to consider using sustainable alternatives instead of non-recyclable plastic for items such as straws, bottles, bags and food packaging.

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The market forces driving university grade inflation | Letters

the guardian - Wed, 26/12/2018 - 18:53
Social policy professor Hartley Dean and an anonymous former Russell Group university teacher are among readers responding to recent comments on ‘spiralling grade inflation’ by Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students

In seeking to explain the phenomenon of grade inflation in some of our higher education institutions (Universities watchdog threatens fines over grade inflation, 19 December), the Office for Students might reflect on just how the “value” and meaning attaching to a first-class degree has been impacted by the incremental shift of emphasis imposed upon the HE sector by policymakers. There is a fundamental tension within the sector between market principles and scholarly values: a tension which will inevitably be handled differently by different institutions.

In an environment where students and teachers alike are ever more instrumentally driven by the dynamics of competition, judgments about how to differentiate between the results of hard work and intellectual competence (warranting a 2:1) and originality and intellectual agility (warranting a first) are ever more difficult to make. There is no easy balance to be struck between, on the one hand, the demand that we optimise the employment prospects of undergraduates and the “competitiveness” of our institutions, and, on the other, sustaining the ideal that HE is about promoting the inherent value of human understanding.
Hartley Dean
Professor of social policy, London School of Economics

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Des cours de français pour ouvrir l’école aux parents d’élèves étrangers

lemonde_edu - Wed, 26/12/2018 - 11:27
En 2017-2018, un dispositif national a permis à près de 8 000 étrangers d’apprendre la langue pour pouvoir accompagner leurs enfants.
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L’école au défi de la pauvreté

lemonde_edu - Wed, 26/12/2018 - 07:39
La mission des enseignants, placés, avec d’autres personnels scolaires, « au front » de la misère, va bien au-delà de l’enseignement alors qu’à tous les niveaux de la scolarité, le dénuement, sans surprise, affecte les apprentissages.
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Genetic study of eating disorders could pave way for new treatment

the guardian - Τρίτη, 25/12/2018 - 16:00

Researchers explore whether genes and early eating habits may trigger disordered eating

Researchers are trying to identify the role genetics and early eating habits play in conditions such as bulimia and anorexia.

Eating disorders, which often arise before adulthood, have been increasing in recent years and about a quarter of young people report having symptoms, according to MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a research charity.

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