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Imogen Stubbs laments 'awful treadmill' of UK education system

the guardian - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 17:50

The actor attacks the obsession with grades and attainment as she prepares to star in education drama The Be All and End All

Star of stage and screen Imogen Stubbs has launched a withering attack on the education system in England, describing it as “this awful treadmill” and a “big con” in which teachers, parents and pupils obsess about exams and grades at the expense of the sheer joy of learning.

Stubbs is about to star in a play that examines the lengths to which parents will go to ensure their child’s educational success. The Be All and End All is the second in a trilogy of plays called Education, Education, Education – which echoes Tony Blair’s three declared priorities when he came into power, and was written by Stubbs’s partner, Jonathan Guy Lewis. The first, called A Level Playing Field, looked at the pressures teenagers are under to get good grades.

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A Sciences Po Paris, le blocage étudiant levé après des négociations

lemonde_edu - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 16:10
La direction de l’institut d’études politiques a annoncé vendredi la reprise des cours dans l’établissement. L’IEP de Rennes reste occupé, et celui de Lille en partie bloqué.
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Images de la faculté de Tolbiac, évacuée après vingt-cinq jours de blocage

lemonde_edu - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:24
Vendredi 20 avril, à 5 heures du matin, entre 100 et 200 CRS ont pénétré dans ce le lieu emblématique de la mobilisation contre la réforme de l’accès à l’université.
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School denies charging pupils for water in heatwave

bbc education - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:53
Onslow St Audrey's School in Hatfield said no child would ever be refused access to water.
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Dans les écoles, des Atsem en mal de reconnaissance

lemonde_edu - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:27
Depuis le 19 avril, les agents spécialisés de l’école maternelle sont appelés à faire grève pour demander la revalorisation de leurs salaires et de leur statut.
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Blackface is free speech but anti-Bush tweet is not at California university

the guardian - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:00

State school system accused of ‘glaring hypocrisy’ after initially saying Barbara Bush criticism ‘beyond free speech’ but racist frat stunt is protected

When a white student at California State University was caught this month wearing blackface, administrators had a clear message: it was racist, but “protected by free speech”.

Days later, when a professor tweeted that the late Barbara Bush was a “racist”, the university’s tone was different: the faculty member would be investigated for her remarks, which, a campus president said, went “beyond free speech”.

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Poorest families 'going without food or power'

bbc education - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 10:38
Citizens Advice says hundreds of thousands of UK families cannot afford to put money in their meters.
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For academics on insecure contracts, it's hard to not feel undervalued | Anonymous academic

the guardian - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 09:30

In my first lecturing job, I ignored the low pay and focused on my students. But I never even got a word of thanks

I took on hourly paid teaching in the English department of a university in the months after finishing my PhD. I did so not primarily for the money – I was paid less than £500 a month – but as part of my commitment to professional development. Yet, like so many others, I was made to feel worthless and disposable by academic staff in management positions.

Although I was only paid for one hour’s preparation time per seminar, I put my all into teaching. I loved seeing my students improve. In their end-of-module feedback, one student described me as “the most engaging and encouraging tutor” they’d had. I achieved “outstanding” satisfaction scores in excess of 95%.

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Let's silence the creative writing course snobs

the guardian - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 09:00

These days, it is normal for authors to go to writing workshops – or teach them. So why does the idea they produce derivative writers persist?

What makes a writer? How do you become one? When I was younger, even asking those questions seemed to disqualify me: a writer isn’t something one becomes, I thought, a writer just is. Despite writing, rewriting and reading all through my 20s, I was no closer to completing, let alone publishing, a novel. I realised I would need help if I was going to succeed, and I applied to several creative writing MAs.

This was, depending on who you ask, either a decision that condemned my writing to being forever derivative and tired, or, an important step on the path towards the publication of my first book. The debate about the value of a degree in creative writing has been done, one might think, to death – good writing depends on an innate facility that cannot be taught, versus good writing depends on devoted time, support, and elements of craft that can be studied – yet it continues to rage. This week, a much-lauded debut novel was criticised in a review by an author for its “MA creative writing-speak” and “oh so tediously writing workshop description”. For some, “writing workshop” is shorthand for bad. But why?

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Réforme des universités : paroles d’étudiants non mobilisés

lemonde_edu - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 07:37
Sur les campus, de nombreux étudiants assistent, comme simples témoins, à une mobilisation qu’ils ont choisi de ne pas suivre, pour diverses raisons.
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Cinq instituts d’études politiques ont rejoint la mobilisation contre Parcoursup

lemonde_edu - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 21:14
Outre Sciences Po à Paris, les IEP de Rennes, Lille, Grenoble et Strasbourg se mobilisent contre la loi Vidal.
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Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

NYTimes - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 20:38
At Vassar and then at Yale’s Medical School, Dr. Hamburg blazed trails for black women. Then came a distinguished career in child development.
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Robert Halfon’s views on education cause concern | Letters

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 20:17
Readers respond to an interview with the chair of the education select committee

Robert Halfon’s quaint notion that vocational training should pass the “dinner-party test” is an indicator of how shallow his supposed blue-collar Conservatism is (‘The Tory party should change its name to the Workers’ party. I am 100% serious’, 17 April). How many people bringing children up in poverty are going to dinner parties where they would be looked down on because their child is an apprentice? His concern seems to lie with middle-class children in degree apprenticeships for lucrative, skilled jobs such as coding. The concerns of working-class parents and students are far more pragmatic, and many of them arise from the past eight years of Tory government: reduced access to free school meals, dwindling school budgets, the discriminatory and repressive use of Prevent in education, and higher tuition fees.

Nor do working-class students want access to university education only on the proviso that they study highly employable subjects like engineering, while their middle-class peers can afford to study medieval history. Subjects like classics and ancient history might be seen as a luxury by some, but it has served Mr Halfon’s colleagues Michael Fallon and Boris Johnson well in their careers. A society serious about democratic representation and equality of opportunity must offer working-class students the option of pursuing the same path to government.

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Social Q’s: Is Extra Help Hurting My Friend With Autism?

NYTimes - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:24
A reader expresses empathy for — but mostly envy of — a peer who receives special testing accommodations.
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Prue Leith joins project pushing for better school meals

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:06

Chefs in Schools charity aims to recruit from top restaurants

Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith has joined leading restaurateurs Thomasina Miers and Yotam Ottolenghi to help launch a charity that hopes to recruit leading chefs to work in school kitchens.

The aim is not just to improve the quality of school food - which remains patchy despite chef Jamie Oliver’s best efforts - but to teach pupils some fast-disappearing cookery skills to help protect their future health. One in five children leave primary school obese, with those in deprived areas three times more likely to be obese than their wealthier peers.

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Universités : un mouvement « fluctuant » et « insaisissable »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 17:52
Face au projet de loi pour l’orientation et la réussite des étudiants, quels sont les acteurs et l’ampleur de la mobilisation des étudiants et des personnels ? La communauté universitaire tente d’analyser la situation.
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UK MPs announce cross-party inquiry into school funding

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 17:17

Plan suggests MPs are unhappy with way issue has slipped down Downing Street’s agenda

MPs are in danger of starting a turf war with the Department for Education, after the education select committee announced a wide-ranging inquiry into funding for schools and colleges in England.

Announcing the inquiry, the committee’s chair, the Conservative MP Robert Halfon, said he wanted the the inquiry to promote an ambitious “10-year vision for education investment” supported by the public.

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Should twins be taught separately?

bbc education - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 14:49
A study suggests not - and says there should be no strict rules about separating twins at school.
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Going private would give Oxford and Cambridge what they want: impunity | Jim Dickinson

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 14:34
The new universities regulator has rattled the elites, who would probably rather operate above the law

Over the years, I’ve come to know and almost love the hardy perennial higher education news stories: students so broke they’re turning to sex work, student political correctness gone mad (these days reframed as an avalanche of snowflakes), and the prospect of Oxford and Cambridge going private.

In the latest iteration of the latter story, the crossbench peer Lord Butler, a former master of University College, Oxford, argues that the government should view the idea of Oxford and Cambridge going private with sympathy. It comes amid a likely long-term fees freeze and concerns about the powers of the controversial new universities regulator, the Office for Students. After all, why should England’s oldest and most elite universities be subject to what they see as onerous regulation, and a tuition fee cap of £9,250?

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The world of work is changing. We need more adult education, not less

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 09:30

The Open University crisis exemplifies the UK’s failure to support adult learning. It’s time to seek inspiration elsewhere

The current crisis at the Open University illustrates how public support for adult learning has gone so badly wrong in the UK. For nearly half a century, the OU has served a unique role in British educational life, complementing face-to-face learning in place-based institutions with distance education. While the 2012 tuition fees rise increased budgets for most universities, they have been disastrous for the OU, Birkbeck and others serving part-time mature students.

But the crisis in adult higher education participation is not limited to specialist institutions. Step by step, opportunities for adults to learn have been eroded. First, the 100-year tradition of university extra-mural departments aimed at adults closed one by one. Second, state funding for mature students to study at the same level or below their highest qualification went out of the window. Meanwhile, widening participation strategies were concentrated more and more on school leavers. Then the fees rise devastated mature and part-time study, especially at sub-degree level. And once the student number cap was lifted, most universities opted for the easily administered full-time young entrant over the less tidy part-time adult.

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