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The Spelling Bee Crowned 8 Champions, and 3 Are Friends From Dallas

NYTimes - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 22:37
The region, where the boys competed together and became friends, has emerged as something of a spelling juggernaut in recent years.
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Abitur 2019: Saarland verbessert Noten der Mathe-Klausuren

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 22:04

Das Ministerium in Saarbrücken räumt ein, dass die Abitur-Aufgaben "etwas zu umfangreich" gewesen seien. Die Zensuren sollen um etwa einen Notenpunkt angehoben werden.

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Schulpolitik Berlin: Klassenunterschiede

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 21:02

Berlin will sechzig neue Schulen bauen und hat dafür auch jede Menge Geld. Bleibt die Frage: Warum lässt die Stadt die Schulen, die es jetzt schon gibt, so verkommen?

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BGT star David Walliams backs Essex libraries campaign

bbc education - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 19:46
David Walliams put a photograph of himself on social media, holding up a sign saying: "Save Essex Libraries."
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Analysing the purpose and value of universities | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 19:03
Readers debate course structure, tuition fees, mental health, the importance of arts and humanities, and the need to work for a common good

Simon Jenkins asserts that: “A university course has barely changed its three-year structure of lectures, essays and exams in a hundred years” (What are our universities for?, Journal, 31 May). It’s true that the sector remains sceptical about two-year degrees, but teaching and assessment methods on most university courses today would be unrecognisable to anyone who was a student 30 years ago.

Current politics students at Liverpool still attend lectures, submit essays and take exams. But they also analyse election data in computer labs, play the “Legislate!” board game designed for training civil servants, write political speeches, make podcasts on African politics, produce and present weekly radio shows, and undertake placements with MPs and in a range of local organisations. If Simon would like to spend a day sampling teaching at a contemporary university, I’m certain we can arrange something.
Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg
Reader in politics, University of Liverpool

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Why the Tories should look beyond Brexit to pick their leader | Kate Maltby

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 18:09
You don’t select a prime minister on the basis of one issue. What about school funding, LGBT protests, social care?

Dominic Raab wants us to know that he’s the man to negotiate with Brussels. Or at least, his friends do. Writing in the Daily Telegraph yesterday, the former Tory MP Nick de Bois recalled his time as Raab’s chief of staff at the Brexit department. It’s a paean that reaches a climax with a description of Michel Barnier ripping out his earpiece, and includes the line: “I have seen Dominic Raab look Michel Barnier in the eye and it wasn’t Dominic who blinked first.” Which is joyous news, if you use ocular moisture levels as your marker of greatness.

Related: Who should be the next Tory leader? Our panel responds | Polly Toynbee and others

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You can’t teach schoolkids ‘resilience’ when they’re micromanaged every day | Richard Godwin

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 15:59
The education secretary wants to ‘toughen up’ pupils, but that means less structure, not more

Don’t tell the Conservative leadership candidates, but the education secretary, Damian Hinds, is holding a brainstorming session. He wants ideas on how we can toughen up British schoolchildren. Clearly he knows something we don’t about the future.

“To truly prepare for adult life we need to make sure our young people build character and resilience,” he announced last week as he launched a new C&R initiative – as it will doubtless be shortened to in education circles. Yes, GCSEs and A-levels are important, Hinds said – but in 10 years’ time, exam results will be a “distant memory”. (Presumably Sats and Pisa rankings, too : the whole quasi-mathematical surveillance matrix that Hinds and his predecessors have painstakingly constructed for our children these past few decades?)

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Racial abuse in the playground? That’s just England in 2019 | Lola Okolosie

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 14:49
Schools talk about equality and diversity, but when it comes to really challenging racism, they are turning a blind eye

To celebrate my youngest sister’s birthday, I take her out for lunch. With five children between us, conversation is snatched: at any given time, someone is asking for a crayon or spilling their drink or moaning. It’s a prosaic enough half-term scene until my sister is suddenly reminded of something she wants to tell me. Last week, she recounts, she’d been walking down her local high street in a suburb of Bradford and heard a man shout out “fucking dirty wog”. She thought he had been speaking to her but then realised he had been referring to her nine-month-old daughter.

Related: Children whitening skin to avoid racial hate crime, charity finds

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Sawtry Village Academy: Ex-head James Stewart banned for life

bbc education - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 13:41
Former principal James Stewart had sex toys and condoms in his plush school office.
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De nouvelles exigences pour l’école maternelle

lemonde_edu - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 12:31
Le ministre de l’éducation nationale, Jean-Michel Blanquer, souhaite renforcer la préparation aux apprentissages fondamentaux, avant l’entrée au CP.
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Why are students at university so stressed?

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 12:27

Fears about the future, leaving friends and family, and having a poor work-life balance can all take their toll on mental health

Mounting social and academic pressures mean that higher education can be a challenge for any student. A Uni Health study found that 80% of those studying in higher education reported symptoms of stress or anxiety, while one NUS survey found that nine in 10 students experienced stress.

Uncertainty around Brexit and rising living costs mean that many students don’t feel confident about finding a job. Alex, an international relations and politics student at the University of Leicester, says he’s constantly worried about graduate life. “There’s that fear of having to adjust back to life back home. I always think, what sector do I want to work in? How am I going to get work? Is my CV up to scratch?” While his institution offers career guidance, his plans weigh on his mind.

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A Financial Checklist for Your Newly Minted High School Graduate

NYTimes - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 12:00
We’ve got budget, retirement account, credit, information security and insurance advice for your independent adult, college student, gap-year taker or future soldier.
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« Le bac se passera de façon normale » malgré l’appel à la grève, assure Jean-Michel Blanquer

lemonde_edu - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 11:38
Le ministre de l’éducation s’est dit vendredi « un peu surpris » par l’appel de plusieurs syndicats à une grève de la surveillance pour le premier jour des épreuves.
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Protesters take to Brazil's streets – in pictures

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 08:02

Tens of thousands of students, academics and teachers have marched throughout the vast South American country in protest against ultraconservative president Jair Bolsonaro’s cuts to education, including moves to dramatically reduce funding for federal universities

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New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 08:00

Plan for cameras to track students in Lockport’s schools called ‘unprecedented invasion of privacy’ and ‘colossal waste of money’

A school district in western New York is launching a first-of-its-kind facial recognition system, generating new privacy concerns about the powerful but controversial technology.

The Lockport city school district is beginning implementation of the Aegis facial recognition system this week, officials said, with the technology expected to be fully up and running in time for the new school year in September.

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What are our universities for? Taxpayers have a right to know | Simon Jenkins

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 08:00
The Augar review has looked into funding. But we need a bigger vision to solve the legacy of failed marketisation

Eat your heart out, Henry VIII. Britain’s universities have pulled off the greatest institutional coup of our age. They have reversed the dissolution of these contemporary monasteries.

The rescue job on student loans performed by Philip Augar this week is expected to channel another £6bn a year of state funds into universities and colleges. Almost half the nation’s post-18 cohort – principally the richer half – will continue to be removed from the labour force, supposedly to fructify in peaceful retreat for three years. Meanwhile, universities are sitting on £44bn of reserves accumulated since fees tripled in 2012, the other outcome of which is a staggering £100bn of student debt built up over the past decade. No one can say what the nation has gained for all this money.

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Special educational needs children and parents hold protest

bbc education - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 22:00
A number of protests are held across England to highlight what parents say is a funding 'crisis'.
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Higher education report leaves university leaders fearing cuts

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 20:50

Augar Post-18 report concludes that funds be diverted to further education and vocational courses

University leaders said their sector could be pushed into “survival mode” if the funding cuts proposed by a new report into student financing become government policy.

The Augar report on post-18 education in England, commissioned by Theresa May, recommended a shift in funding away from universities towards further education (FE) and vocational training, with the report sharply criticising universities for offering too many “low value” courses.

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The Guardian view on the Augar review: taking further education seriously | Editorial

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 20:40
A commission appointed by the PM to look at tuition fees has concluded that colleges, and not universities, require the most urgent attention

Commissioned by Theresa May as a panicky response to Labour’s better-than-expected performance in the 2017 general election, Philip Augar’s review of post-18 education in England has concentrated, rightly, on further education. Successive governments have neglected non-university courses and training, but these institutions of further education, so often ignored in favour of the more prestigious higher education sector, hold the key to boosting social mobility and productivity.

While universities and their voluble stakeholders are bound to object to any shrinkage of their own scope and resources, the proposed rebalancing of the post-18 system so that FE colleges are no longer quite such poor relations is sound. Mr Augar’s recommendation that £3bn in extra funds should flow to colleges and other vocational training providers annually, as well as a one-off £1bn capital funding boost for a national network, could have a transformative effect on a sector for too long left on the sidelines.

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Families rally against special educational needs funding cuts

the guardian - Thu, 30/05/2019 - 19:50

Send children, parents and teachers have marched in 28 towns in England

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities have staged protests across England against funding cuts.

On Thursday afternoon, children, parents and teachers marched in 28 towns and cities including London, Bristol, Leeds and Birmingham in the first national action of its kind.

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