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Refugee children face long delays accessing education in UK

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 20:43

Report finds schools unwilling to take refugees over fears their results will be affected

Refugee and asylum-seeking children face long delays accessing education after arriving in the UK, in many cases because schools are reluctant to offer them a place over fears they will lower GCSE results and affect school league tables.

Research by the children’s charity Unicef, seen exclusively by the Guardian, found not a single region in the UK had successfully met the 20-school-day target for finding places for all the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in their care.

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Periods 'keeping girls out of school'

bbc education - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 20:26
Some 350,000 girls say they have missed school at some point because of being on their period, research from YouGov suggests.
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France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?

NYTimes - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 20:08
The government hopes the move will get students to pay more attention in class and talk more to each other. But some doubt whether the ban can be enforced.
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Lehrkräfte: Burn-out im Klassenzimmer

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 19:58

Kaum eine andere Berufsgruppe wird so oft Opfer psychosomatischer Erkrankungen wie Lehrkräfte. Fachleute überrascht das überhaupt nicht.

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Toothbrush subscription firm apologises over 'spit or swallow' advert

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 18:21

Brushbox aimed ‘foul’ marketing campaign at first-year university students across the UK

A toothbrush subscription company has apologised after attracting heavy criticism for a “foul” marketing campaign aimed at first-year students arriving at universities across the UK.

Brushbox admitted that the inclusion of a beer mat with a suggestive image of a woman’s mouth drooling a white substance resembling semen, with the phrase “spit or swallow” on the reverse, was an error of judgment.

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Schule und Politik: Grundkurs Einschüchterung

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 18:11

Die AfD überzieht Schulen und Lehrer in mehreren Bundesländern mit Beschwerden und Klagen. Über Politik-Unterricht, Widerstand und die Angst vor Denunziantentum.

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'No accident' Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks 'looked like models', Yale professor told students

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 17:16

Guardian learns Amy Chua said she would advise students on their physical look to help win post in Kavanaugh’s chambers

A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women” privately told a group of law students last year that it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models” and would provide advice to students about their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him, the Guardian has learned.

Related: Christine Blasey Ford's life 'turned upside down' after accusing Kavanaugh

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More fake diploma claims for Spanish university

bbc education - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 16:07
A Madrid university allegedly granted fake law diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals.
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Blocage de l’université de Nanterre : prison requise contre trois manifestants

lemonde_edu - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 16:05
Deux étudiants et un ex-étudiant sont poursuivis pour violences envers des policiers, en avril, lors de la mobilisation contre la réforme créant Parcoursup.
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Student buildings still covered in Grenfell-style cladding

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 15:53

Fifty-four student residential towers have material similar to that at Grenfell Tower

Thousands of students arriving at university for freshers’ week face sleeping in high-rise accommodation wrapped in combustible Grenfell-style cladding, the government has admitted.

Fifty-four privately owned student residential towers in England remain clad in aluminium composite material similar to that which helped spread the fire at Grenfell Tower 15 months ago, claiming 72 lives. The extent of the problem was revealed in figures released on Thursday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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Tell us: how is your school publicising budget cuts?

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 14:15

With banners at some school gates we want to hear what cuts mean and how they are being explained to parents and community

A cursory look at recent headlines speaks of deep problems in school funding in the UK. Special needs funding is at crisis point, sixth form and FE funding has fallen by a fifth since 2010, children are raising money for their own education and headteachers are using cash for disadvantaged pupils to prop up budgets.

Related: School cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education’

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Could means-tested fees help poorer students get into university? | Nick Hillman

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 13:30

The government is reviewing the future of tuition fees. Lowering costs for low-income students could be the answer

In most countries, there is a chasm between the proportion of richer people who make it to higher education and the proportion of poorer people who do so. Introducing means-tested fees could be a way to address this.

Means-tested fees offer a “third way” between systems with no fees but tightly-controlled student numbers (like Scotland) and systems with fees that are so high they could be squeezing out good students (as in England).

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Women still fighting to get their dues in the medical profession

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 12:37

New exhibition at Royal College of Physicians highlights 500 years of women’s struggle to get their foot in the door of the medical profession

Medicine is not a welcoming world for women, even in 2018. Women hold a tiny proportion of Britain’s professorial medical posts, while the NHS has a 23% gender pay gap. Just last month Tokyo Medical University admitted it had tampered with female students’ exam scores to stop them getting in, fearing they would put their careers on hold to get married and have children.

This pernicious culture of sexism and scaremongering is nothing new. It has been deployed for centuries to bar women from the profession and to trivialise their contributions as doctors.

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I was 14 when I was told I had cancer. It inspired me to pursue my dream | Lucy Speechley

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 12:15

It was devastating at the time, but I met amazing people who helped me pursue a career in medical science

I was 14 years old when I was told I had cancer. It was just before Christmas in 2009 and I’d had terrible pain in my side for several weeks. After being seen at four different hospitals, I ended up at Birmingham children’s hospital. It was there that I was told I had alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, words that meant absolutely nothing to me at first. I soon realised they meant cancer.

Before my diagnosis, I was far more concerned with schoolwork and my friends – normal things 14-year-olds have to deal with. But my world had suddenly been turned upside down. I now had to deal with countless hospital tests and appointments, doctor visits and treatments. I lost all my hair – I even lost my eyebrows and eyelashes, which was especially hard to come to terms with.

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Parcoursup : retour sur une réforme explosive

lemonde_edu - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 11:59
Mettre fin au tirage au sort. Faire place au mérite. La « révolution de l’éducation »  voulue par le président Macron s’est heurtée aux effets pervers de Parcoursup, la nouvelle plate-forme d’inscription à l’université, et à l’incompréhension des élèves.
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Knobelei der Woche: Wann ist 4 die Hälfte von 9?

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 10:14

Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal geht es um eine seltsame Rechnung.

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The Coddling of the American Mind review – how elite US liberals have turned rightwards

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 09:30
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s book sets out to rescue students from ‘microaggressions’ and identity politics. But perhaps they merely resist change that might undermine them

In the decade since the 2008 global financial crisis, while all other forms of consumer debt have shrunk, student loan debt has tripled. Currently around 44.2 million Americans owe a total of more than $1.5tn, and 30% of these are struggling to make monthly payments. Meanwhile, college teachers are increasingly likely to live from contract to low-paid contract. None of this comes up in The Coddling of the American Mind, a book about why young people feel anxious and college is making it worse.

Instead, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt focus on students demanding “protection” from arguments they find challenging and the professors and administrators who cave in to them. The first section elaborates what the authors call the “Great Untruths” that supposedly dominate college campuses: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker; Always Trust Your Feelings; Life Is a Battle Between Good People and Evil People. Their targets are “safetyism”, the language of microaggressions, identity politics and intersectionality. Generation “iGen”, the one that comes after millennials, is, according to the authors, suffering a mental health crisis because of smartphone addiction and the paranoid parenting style of the upper middle class.

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2VCs on ... will Brexit damage UK universities?

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 09:30

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is drawing closer, but the picture remains uncertain. What do our EU partners think?

As the March 2019 deadline for Britain leaving the European Union looms ever closer, much is still to be resolved about how universities will engage with Europe. There is a lot at stake. European students account for more than 80,000 of the 1.6 million first-time undergraduates at UK universities, and nearly 50,000 postgraduates.

Applications from European students have remained buoyant since the referendum. But the Higher Education Policy Institute think tank has predicted that numbers could crash by as much as 60% when Britain leaves. European students joining in 2019-20 will continue to pay the same fees as their UK counterparts, but their long-term status remains unclear. A leaked Home Office report last year sparked alarm by revealing plans for the same stringent checks on academic ability, language skills and finances as international students.

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Let’s face it. Our university factory has failed to deliver on its promises | Aditya Chakrabortty

the guardian - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 08:00
Politicians from Tony Blair onwards said expansion would produce social mobility and jobs. Neither have materialised

In any other area it would be called mis-selling. Given the sheer numbers of those duped, a scandal would erupt and the guilty parties would be forced to make amends. In this case, they’d include some of the most eminent politicians in Britain.

But we don’t call it mis-selling. We refer to it instead as “going to uni”. Over the next few days, about half a million people will start as full-time undergraduates. Perhaps your child will be among them, bearing matching Ikea crockery and a fleeting resolve to call home every week.

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