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'Being a teenage mother is so lonely'

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 15/01/2018 - 02:56
New guidelines aim to cut UK teenage pregnancy rates which remain among the highest in Europe.
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On Campus: It’s Hard To Study If You’re Hungry

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 15/01/2018 - 01:55
Half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, which is closely linked to lower graduation rates.
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Carillion on the brink as UK government prepares for firm's collapse

the guardian - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 21:21

Administrators drafted in prompting fears for 43,000 jobs, major projects and crucial public services as last-ditch talks end without deal

Construction firm Carillion is on the brink of collapse, raising fears for the future of a host of major government projects and day-to-day services, from schools to hospitals, prisons and the army.

The Cabinet Office hosted emergency talks aimed at mapping out a future for a company that employs 43,000 people – including nearly 20,000 in the UK – but the meeting broke up without a rescue deal being announced.

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Die da unten, die da oben

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 20:27

Kinder aus bildungsfernen Elternhäusern lernen schlechter lesen als ihre Mitschüler - das nimmt ihnen wichtige Chancen. Was läuft schief, was muss geschehen? Eine Mittelschullehrerin hat sich Gedanken gemacht.

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Tony Wingate obituary

the guardian - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 20:00

My friend Tony Wingate, who has died aged 86, was an inspirational teacher and the founder of Wingate Scholarships. He was a quiet man committed to doing good.

Born in London to Harry Wingate, a property developer, and his wife, Minnie (nee Goff), Tony spent most of his childhood in the capital, apart from being evacuated to Bermuda in the early years of the second world war. He returned to prep school in Hampstead, then Harrow school (which he hated), and in 1951, after national service, to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to study law. There he blossomed, not only intellectually, but also as a member of a remarkable circle of friends who sustained one another throughout their lives.

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Our Open University has become a daydream | Letters

the guardian - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 19:48
Former tutors Paula James and Anna Ford, and reader Mary Reddaway, fear for the future of the OU under its current vice-chancellor

Peter Horrocks may have fallen foul of the BBC hierarchy at one point (A visionary to save the Open University – or the man who will run it down?, 9 January), but for the OU he is just the latest in a line of vice-chancellors peddling the neoliberal agenda for higher education. He has threatened to cut a quarter of the curriculum and the workforce in student support. Horrocks is seriously compromising the future of the OU as a distance-learning provider of excellent degree programmes.

Critical thinking and critical speaking are indeed being stifled in the faculties. For some years now the vice-chancellor’s executive has implemented disastrous strategies (centralisation, closure of regional centres, putting so much online in administration and teaching, and drastically reducing tutorial support for students). We are now confronted with a remote, blinkered and yet highly paid senior management which fails to consult or listen to those who actually know something about the OU students and their educational needs.

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Fertig machen zum Diktat

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 19:48

In mehreren Studien sind die Schüler des Musterländles abgestürzt. Sie sollen nun mehr lernen. Aber wie, ist selbst unter Konservativen umstritten.

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Demokratie wind- und wetterfest machen

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 19:48

Helmut Holter übernimmt den Vorsitz der Kultusminister - ein Betonbauingenieur mit SED-Vergangenheit, der mit 64 einen Karriere-Neustart gewagt hat.

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The Guardian view on contemporary art in schools: a joyful idea reborn | Editorial

the guardian - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 15:42
In the 1940s, School Prints were a visionary notion to bring affordable, adventurous artworks into classrooms. Reinvented for the 21st century, they still are today

In 1946, a letter was sent out to a number of British artists. It began: “We are producing a series of auto-lithographs … for use in schools, as a means of giving school children an understanding of contemporary art. By keeping the price as low as possible, we are able to bring this scheme … within reach of all Education Authorities.” This was the beginning of a project called School Prints. The idea had been that of a dashing Etonian (and European federalist) called Derek Rawnsley, who died in 1943 while in the RAF. It was carried through by his young widow, Brenda – an equally dashing figure who, fluent in Arabic and French, had served during the war as an intelligence officer in Algiers, Cairo and Palestine, and undertook missions such as a clandestine visit to a bombmaking factory in Germany.

Not knowing a great deal about art, she co-opted someone who did: the critic Herbert Read. Between them they persuaded artists including John Nash, Tom Gentleman and Barbara Jones to contribute to the project. Schools enthusiastically embraced their gentle, playful images, which included a harvest scene, dray horses and a fairground. In 1947, having already persuaded Henry Moore to make an abstract work for her, she broadened the series to French artists and – by dint of hiring an aircraft and employing her considerable charm – convinced Dufy, Picasso, Léger, Matisse and Braque to take part. Though less popular with postwar British schoolteachers, the French set is the one that has best stood the test of time.

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Dealing with debt: The mini-bankers learning how to save

bbc education - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 02:46
Schoolchildren from Kirton Primary in Boston run their own bank with its own currency to learn about saving money.
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Now students pay thousands, firsts are on the rise. Fancy that | Vanessa Thorpe

the guardian - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 02:01

For those who went to university a while ago, a remark might be in order if you won a Desmond or higher

Many proud academics must have spluttered over their morning coffee in the senior common room to learn that a first-class degree, once as rare as hen’s teeth, is now more akin to a hen’s egg: we can all have one for breakfast, it seems, if we can only be bothered to go out to collect it.

A survey by the Press Association has revealed that far from denoting scholarly excellence and a top-notch mind, in Britain a first is today a more likely outcome of a university education than a lower second.

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A Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, des parents d’élèves bloquent un collège pour obtenir plus de moyens

lemonde_edu - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 14:21
Enseignants et parents d’élèves d’un collège de Seine-Saint-Denis réclament un poste supplémentaire de conseiller principal d’éducation, pour faire face à des problèmes de discipline. Les enfants n’ont pas eu classe depuis la fin du mois de décembre.
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Secret Teacher: why can't my school just trust us to do our job?

the guardian - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 09:00

Strict directives and endless inspections add strain to an already stressful role and rob us of any autonomy. This must stop

When I started my career in teaching, I was encouraged to be creative and experiment. I loved that freedom and I think it helped to make me a good teacher. I got used to reading around my subject and trying out different ideas. I made some mistakes, but I was always thinking, always learning, always trying to do better with my students. I got good results. I enjoyed my work.

My school has a head teacher, two deputy heads and 12 assistant heads ... there are just too many chiefs

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« On nous dit qu’il n’y a pas de sélection à la fac, mais que les dossiers seront vérifiés... »

lemonde_edu - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 06:42
Lycéens, parents et professeurs sont venus nombreux au salon Postbac de Paris s’informer sur les nouvelles règles d’accès à l’enseignement supérieur. Reportage.
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« En tant que président d’université, je suis très favorable au principe de la réforme »

lemonde_edu - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 05:30
Dans une tribune au « Monde », Frédéric Dardel, président de l’université Paris-Descartes, estime que la mise en œuvre de la réforme pour entrer à la fac est cruciale pour les étudiants et l’université, qui n’est pas responsable de la sélection sociale.
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Universités : « Une réforme profondément injuste »

lemonde_edu - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 05:30
Dans une tribune au « Monde », Valérie Robert, maître de conférences en Etudes germaniques à l’université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, regrette la sélection à l’entrée à l’université. Elle voit cette réforme comme une machine à broyer les adolescents.
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Dreaming big

bbc education - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 02:57
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%.
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Fifty and childless

bbc education - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 02:56
The childless couple trying to overcome their grief by trying to help others in the same position.
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What makes a good postgrad open day?

the guardian - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 18:57

Attending an open day, on campus or online, is the best way to ensure the university is the best fit for you

Open days have long been the traditional way for undergraduates to decide where and what they want to study. Now, more universities are offering open days to prospective postgrads, too. So, how do you get the best out of them?

A good open day will take into account the different needs of postgraduate students. “The most crucial element,” says James Hadfield, postgraduate marketing officer at Nottingham Trent University, “is detailed course content. Prospective students will have a desire to understand how the course is going to enhance their existing knowledge and, therefore, their career.

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Mediation – the postgraduate course that's never been more vital

the guardian - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 18:56

The art of negotiation and dispute resolution is sorely needed in an age of strife, be it domestic or international

From trade negotiators thrashing out Brexit details, to family mediators helping couples part on amicable terms, conflict and negotiation skills are in demand – and postgraduate courses are an ideal place to hone them.

“If you take it right back to basics, you have three individuals in a room,” says Charlie Irvine, course leader of Strathclyde University’s LLM/MSc/PGDip in mediation and conflict resolution. “Two are the decision-makers – the people with the dispute.

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