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The misogynists might finally learn to behave if their actions are outlawed | Catherine Bennett

the guardian - Sun, 14/07/2019 - 09:00
At universities and in parliament there still exists an obstinate resistance to change

A n exceptionally abundant glut of sexual harassment news may have overshadowed a significant victory for students at Warwick University, which, thanks to its administration’s complacency over sexist abuse, has come to occupy a prominent place in the misogyny league tables.

As any female undergraduate can tell you, this is a highly competitive field, but only Warwick has excelled to the point of getting its concern for the perpetrators broadcast across social media, as #shameonyouWarwick. Student protests, then national headlines, provoked by the feeble official response to the discovery of rape “chat” by some male students, led to the university commissioning an independent review, by Dr Sharon Persaud, and now to an apology to the victims from Warwick’s vice-chancellor, Prof Stuart Croft. “We are genuinely sorry,” he said. Pity about the “genuinely” but, moving on, “I should have been quicker. I should have reached out.”

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Tale of two schools: ‘We’re paying for a mother to bring her child to school out of PTA funds – and from my pocket’

the guardian - Sun, 14/07/2019 - 09:00

Headteachers reveal how lack of funding is forcing them to raise cash from donations to pay for staff and even books

Headteacher Paul Stubbings knows that the pupils at his west London comprehensive school have the right to a free, fully funded state education. Yet he spends a quarter of his time asking their parents to give his school hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, meeting frequently with individual, potential donors.

He blames the government for putting him in this extraordinary supplicatory position: “I fully and freely acknowledge that what we are now doing [is] being driven to make up deficiencies in state funding. But children have a right to a top-quality state education. If the state isn’t willing to pay for that, I’ve got to do everything I can to secure it on their behalf.”

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'We are a family - and an art collective'

bbc education - Sun, 14/07/2019 - 02:23
What happened when two performance artists made their children equal partners in their work.
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Are the British becoming less liberal in their attitudes to homosexuality? | Barbara Ellen

the guardian - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 18:30

A new survey reveals prejudice is on the rise for the first time in decades

The number of people believing there is nothing wrong with gay sex has fallen for the first time since the Aids crisis. The British Social Attitudes survey puts it at dipping from 68% in 2017 to 66% in 2018, leaving a third of the population in some way opposed. NatCen, who conducted the survey, said that, while further polling was advisable, “liberalisation of attitudes does seem to be slowing down”.

The findings coincide with the first decrease in more than a decade of people comfortable with pre-marital sex. On the plus side, last week also saw the Commons victory for gay legislation in Northern Ireland. Still, what a hammering same-sex couples have had recently – everything from attacks on buses to Ann Widdecombe (the Aunt Lydia of Brexit, anyone?) pondering how science could “produce an answer” to gayness. In this context, is the NatCen survey indicative of new attitudes, or yet more evidence that people are feeling bolder about expressing previously veiled prejudices?

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'Vanity project': debts pile up for English free schools scheme

the guardian - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 09:00

Exclusive: £64m has been spent on university technical colleges that have closed

Part of the government’s flagship free schools programme is facing mounting financial difficulties because of its unpopularity with parents and pupils, with schools forced to pay back millions of pounds to the Department for Education and cut staff after failing to attract and retain students.

University technical colleges (UTCs), a type of free school in England that was launched in 2010, ran up debts of £14m last year after many fell short of their forecasts for pupil numbers. Others had to borrow money from the DfE’s funding arm, throwing into question their long-term viability.

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Une année derrière les portes du collège Doisneau

lemonde_edu - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 04:06
« Le Monde » a suivi pendant plusieurs mois la vie de cet établissement en zone d’éducation prioritaire situé à Clichy-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis).
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Breck Bednar: Play tells story of boy who met his killer online

bbc education - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 02:15
Based on the real-life murder of Breck Bednar, the play aims to teach teenagers about online grooming.
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Rail firm offers free trips to university open day

bbc education - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 02:11
All students are offered free train tickets to a university open day, after fears of excessive cost.
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Notenschluss: Wenn in der Schule für die Ferien geübt wird

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 19:49

Stehen die Zensuren fest, flaut der Unterricht ab: Filme gucken, Ausflüge, Spiele. Eltern ärgert das. Mancherorts greifen nun die Behörden durch, damit die laue Zeit nicht ausufert.

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Applying to university: how to make an open day worthwhile

the guardian - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 18:28

Grill tutors on course specifics or just get a feel for the town vibe on these fact-finding days

Open days are not just a good opportunity for students; they also give family members an insight into university life. But parents shouldn’t try to “relive their youth”, says James Busson, co-director of student recruitment at the University of Sheffield. Instead, they are there to play a supporting role, to help students learn about a university.

So how can you all get the most out of the day?

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Schulabschluss: So unterschiedlich fällt das Abi 2019 aus

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 16:37

Die Prüfungen sind geschrieben, die Abiturienten feierlich verabschiedet. Doch die Ergebnisse unterscheiden sich in den einzelnen Bundesländern teils deutlich. Ein erster Überblick.

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Lecturers aren't to blame for university grade inflation – the government is | David Yarrow

the guardian - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 14:03

The soaring number of first-class degrees is a direct result of our marketised university system

Yet again, universities have been blamed for grade inflation. Responding to findings by the universities regulator, the Office for Students, that there has been an “unexplained” 80% rise in first class degrees, the education secretary, Damian Hinds attributed this problem to “unfair practices” by universities. It follows his comments last year that universities “should be accountable for maintaining the value of the degrees they award”, with fines mooted for those which fail to comply.

This displaces the blame. Grade inflation is a product of the government’s university marketisation agenda and neoliberal policymaking in higher education over the past 20 years. Governments dating back to New Labour have placed an increasing emphasis on delivering “value for money” to students. Linked to the political decision to introduce (in 1998) and then treble (in 2010) tuition fees, young people have been encouraged to view their education as a financial investment that should deliver a return – ideally in the form of enhanced labour market prospects. These trends form part of a wider ideology which understands education as a private good and reimagines students as consumers and academics as service providers.

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Improving kids’ mental health with dogs, therapy and quiet classrooms

bbc education - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 03:35
A London primary school has introduced innovative measures to improve pupils' mental wellbeing.
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Baccalauréat 2019 : Jean-Michel Blanquer dresse le bilan d’une session mouvementée

lemonde_edu - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 03:32
Dans une interview accordée au « Parisien », le ministre de l’éducation livre un état des lieux chiffré d’une crise inédite. Et condamne une nouvelle fois les enseignants grévistes, tout en affirmant que le dialogue social doit reprendre de manière apaisée.
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Colin Palmer, Historian of the African Diaspora, Is Dead at 75

NYTimes - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 01:21
He emphasized that diaspora meant more than just the American slave trade. It began in prehistoric times, he said, and continues to this day.
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Schule: Eisenmann fordert Zentralabitur "auf bayerischem Niveau"

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:45

Baden-Württembergs Bildungsministerin buhlt um die Zustimmung von Markus Söder.

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Government calls on OfS to clamp down on university grade inflation

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:29

Proportion of students awarded first class honours rose by 80% in just seven years

The proportion of university students awarded first class honours has rocketed by 80% in the last seven years, prompting renewed calls from government for an immediate clampdown on grade inflation.

New figures released by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), show that 16% of students who graduated from an English university in 2010–11 attained the highest possible degree classification, but by last summer the proportion had gone up to 29%. Over the last year alone the proportion of firsts has increased by more than 2%.

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More than 300 English primary schools forced to become academies

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:01

Some failing schools shunted between trusts as sponsors collect millions in grants

More than 300 primary schools across England have been forced to become academies in the last three years against a backdrop of mounting opposition from parents, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Analysis of government data has shown that 314 schools were forcibly removed from local authority control after being rated inadequate by Ofsted. The Department for Education (DfE) has paid out at least £18.4m to academy trusts for taking on the schools.

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'Grade inflation' means 80% more top degree grades

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:38
The university watchdog challenges a continuing rise in the proportion of first-class degrees.
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The Warwick 'rape chat' case exposes universities' failings on sexual violence | Nicole Westmarland

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:33

A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students

The Warwick case is widely referred to as the “rape chat” case. It sounds relatively innocuous on first hearing, but actually refers to a serious case of sexual misconduct including making threats to rape. Many student societies or courses now have large Facebook or WhatsApp chat groups outside of formal university communication systems. The Warwick case involved a chat group with 11 male students, who sent extremely sexually explicit and violent (as well as racist) messages over a long period of time. Messages included references to gang rape and genital mutilation.

Related: Warwick University apologises to women targeted by ‘rape chat’

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