As I sat marking maths books with the radio on in the background – I caught the end of a news report saying that more 1,850 academics, educators, opposition politicians and most notably Robert Winston had asked for a new report on how to educate our children to be withdrawn. My first reaction was to immediately agree with them – they are after all on “my team”.
But I read the actual open letter and realised they were referring to an Ofsted report called Bold Beginnings, I realised an all too familiar situation had arisen. While I am inclined to agree with Winston, and many of the others who signed the letter, on most things – the man was after all the sum total of much of the sexual education I received when at school – I just could not and still can’t see what has caused all this fuss.Continue reading...
Einer betreibt einen fragwürdigen Youtube-Kanal, der andere macht Wahlkampf für die AfD. Wie politisch darf ein Lehrer sein?
Latest find on Cyclades’ Keros includes evidence of metal-working and suggests the beginnings of an urban centre, say archaeologists
More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. They shaped it into terraces covered with 1,000 tonnes of specially imported gleaming white stone to give it the appearance of a giant stepped pyramid rising from the Aegean: the most imposing manmade structure in all the Cyclades archipelago.
But beneath the surface of the terraces lay undiscovered feats of engineering and craftsmanship to rival the structure’s impressive exterior. Archaeologists from three different countries involved in an ongoing excavation have found evidence of a complex of drainage tunnels – constructed 1,000 years before the famous indoor plumbing of the Mycenaean palace of Knossos on Crete – and traces of sophisticated metalworking.Continue reading...
Move follows crimes including murder of boy aged seven and alleged rape of five-year-old girl
The Delhi government has announced it will install CCTV cameras in every classroom in the region and give parents access to the feed through a mobile phone app.
The plan comes after several high-profile crimes at schools in and around the area including the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl by a member of staff in September and the murder of a seven-year-old boy at a private school in Gurgaon during the same month.Continue reading...
Historians need to ditch their aversion to public discourse. By looking to the past, they can teach us about our future
• Cormac Shine is a societal researcher at UBS thinktank and historian. He writes in a personal capacity
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a surge in civic engagement after decades of apathy. Just as established media outlets have a renewed sense of purpose, in academia, too, social scientists find themselves publicly confronting the social dynamics and technological disruptions that have led to our changing politics and society.
But historians are almost entirely absent from this conversation, barring the efforts of Yuval Noah Harari and a few others. In their manifesto for historians, Jo Guldi and David Armitage lament that experts in the field are reluctant to engage with contemporary debates on an ambitious scale, with many favouring narrow specialisation, and arcane disputes far removed from the concerns of society in the present and future.Continue reading...
‘Extent to which failing trusts are stripping assets from their schools’ is of particular concern
Parents are being “left in the dark” over who really runs schools in England, according to parliament’s education committee. It has called for the government to overhaul the oversight of academy chains after a string of high-profile failures.
Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP who chairs the committee, signalled to the the new education secretary, Damian Hinds, that the system of regulation had created overlaps and confusion, allowing some multi-academy trusts (Mats) to escape oversight.Continue reading...
It is good to see that schools in Wakefield will benefit from a renewed School Prints loan scheme from the Hepworth Wakefield (Editorial, 15 January). As a secondary school teacher in Sheffield during the 1970s and 80s our classrooms and corridors were loaned brilliant visual resources by Sheffield City Art Galleries under the directorship of the late Frank Constantine. But more remarkable was the personal picture loan service whereby, on alternate Saturday mornings, I could take my two children to the Graves Art Gallery, where they could select pictures from transparencies, have the pictures brought from the store to view and select two to hang at home. This aspect of Frank Constantine’s legacy was overlooked in his Guardian obituary in 2014. Is such a loan scheme active, or even possible, now?
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Dürfen beamtete Lehrer künftig streiken? Nach dem ersten Verhandlungstag lässt das Bundesverfassungsgericht eine Tendenz erkennen.
Réforme des lycées : « Une solide culture économique est indispensable pour se comporter en citoyen éclairé »
The most effective interventions for bullying involve the pupils themselves – and build empathy between those affected
Many people will know what it feels like to be bullied. Despite a wealth of research and well-meaning interventions at a local level, bullying is still a common problem in UK schools (pdf) – and associated with depression, anxiety and even suicide.Continue reading...
Black students are 1.5 times more likely to drop out than their white and Asian counterparts. Understanding why is vital
Kaya is one of a worrying number of black higher-education students who have failed to make it to graduation day. A recent study found that 10.3% of black students quit university early in England, compared with 6.9% for the student population as a whole.
“I had so many racially-tinted, miserable experiences at my university,” says Kaya, who has asked the Guardian not to use her real name. “My male housemate used to say the ‘n-word’ in front of me, bragged about the fact he’d once racially abused a man in a club, and was so aggressive when I asked him to stop. Yet when I told my university counsellor, she said I couldn’t know for sure if my housemate was actually racist ... that I needed to live and let live.”Continue reading...
Nachdem Lehrer geklagt haben, prüft das Bundesverfassungsgericht, ob es nach dem Grundgesetz ein Streikrecht für Beamte geben muss. Falls ja, wäre das eine Revolution des Berufsbeamtentums - wenn nicht dessen Ende.
Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal sind zweifelhafte Gleichungen zu lösen.
Education journalist Fran Abrams tackles 10 of the most challenging questions about universities by looking at the latest research
The last year in higher education has seen misconceptions abound in the media. Here’s everything you need to know to set the record straight, based on new research findings you may have missed.Continue reading...