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Doctors couldn't diagnose my mental health problems. But then they saw my art

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:42

I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic side

I spent nearly 20 years of my life mentally unwell, detained in various psychiatric hospitals while doctors argued about what was wrong with me. I received numerous conflicting diagnoses which I would add to my growing collection, still feeling unheard and misunderstood.

While I was in Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, I would paint how I was feeling. Suddenly, I would begin to splash paint around my room, on large pieces of paper placed on the floor. It was very messy but incredibly cathartic. I would interpret my pain and torture, and create dashing, blurred, abstract compositions or wonky self-portraits. There seemed to be a metaphysical transition from my illness to the painting. I was never very good at drawing objects or people accurately, but these works would directly and precisely express my illness.

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La polémique sur les programmes de philosophie en classe de terminale continue

lemonde_edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:07
Une deuxième version du programme de philosophie est présentée jeudi au conseil supérieur de l’éducation, une instance consultative où siègent les organisations syndicales.
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England university applications hit record numbers

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 03:06
Nearly 240,000 England school leavers try for university, but applicant numbers in the rest of the UK fall.
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'I gave my daughter something which killed her'

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:18
Annie McVey’s teenage daughter died in 2000 from the human form of mad cow disease, vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease).
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Chinese students' applications to UK universities up by 30%

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:01

UK higher education is benefitting from tensions between US and China, say experts

Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30% since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.

The Ucas university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up from 15,240 in 2018), compared with 18,520 from Northern Ireland. The real figure will be higher as not all Chinese applications are made via Ucas.

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Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Harassment Inquiries

NYTimes - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 18:08
The decision will sideline the researcher without pay for two years, and close his lab, in a case that has roiled the profession.
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Warwick University apologises to women targeted by ‘rape chat’

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 17:47

Vice-chancellor admits errors after report criticises handling of complaints

The vice-chancellor of Warwick University has apologised to the female students targeted by a male “rape chat” group after an independent report said the university needed to improve its procedures for dealing with sexual violence and misconduct.

The report by lawyer Sharon Persaud is critical of the university’s handling of the scandal, which erupted last year after the women discovered they had been the subject of violent sexual comments exchanged among a group of male undergraduates.

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Warwick University: Vice chancellor apologises for mistakes over rape chat scandal

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 16:21
The vice chancellor tells the BBC: "I should have reached out sooner" to speak to female students targeted by abusive men.
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Leaving home? These are the life lessons you really need

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 14:19

The government is launching a new course to teach sixth-formers how to cook, clean and manage money. But what about how not to freak out at the state of a communal sink?

The government has announced a course designed to help teenagers prepare for leaving home. The Leapskills programme will teach sixth-formers how to cook from scratch, how to manage their money and how to clean. Hopefully the curriculum will also cover the following …

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Racism in UK universities is blocking BAME academics from the top | Katy Sian

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 09:00

Universities must be upfront about institutional racism to become fairer places for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff

Perhaps one of the most harmful myths about British universities is that they are meritocratic and free from racism. Senior managers can no longer hide behind this false, “post-racial” narrative, which disingenuously implies that racism no longer exists. Perhaps the strongest evidence to challenge this empty rhetoric is the gross underrepresentation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) academics in senior positions.

I recently researched institutional racism in British universities by documenting the experiences of BAME academics. My findings exposed the major obstacles they encounter to promotions and career advancement. All my respondents spoke of the way in which racism manifested itself through “hidden white networks” that excluded them from various opportunities. One participant called this a “perpetuating machine” in which white colleagues “co-sign each other’s applications, share each other’s teaching content, and support one another”.

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Welsh schools to offer cheaper uniforms with gender-neutral options

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 08:00

Rules will need to be redrawn to avoid exclusive deals locking parents into a single supplier

School in Wales will be made to offer cheaper, gender-neutral uniform options from September, as the Welsh government seeks to tackle the rising costs of school clothing for families.

The statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education means Welsh state schools that are revising their uniform codes will need to avoid exclusive deals that force parents to buy from a single supplier, and must ensure that uniform items are widely available, avoiding expensive logos and designs.

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Pharma's market: the man cleaning up Africa's meat

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 06:00

In Namibia a country of meat-lovers, vital expertise is needed to stop livestock spreading diseases

Wreathed in barbecue smoke, Vetjaera Haakuria gestures at the men butchering meat and cooking it over hot coals behind his back. “What have you learned about the risks of eating this?” he asks his young audience, spotless in their white lab coats. “It might contain drug residues, right? And what about diseases?”

It’s nearly noon in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and the market is preparing grilled meat – known locally as kapana – for the lunchtime rush. Everyone comes here, from construction workers to members of parliament. Namibians love to eat meat, and he is no exception: his tribe, the Herero, traditionally eat nothing else.

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Young people 'need help with independence'

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 03:51
The education secretary says today's teenagers need more help coping away from home.
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Football team helps bereaved dads cope with baby loss

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:14
Sands United FC was started by the stillbirth charity to help men talk about loss and commemorate their children.
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Welsh school uniforms to be cheaper and gender neutral

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:00
Parents in Wales will be able to make a formal complaint if new guidelines are not taken into account.
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Vivian Perlis, Oral Historian of American Music, Dies at 91

NYTimes - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 00:36
She was the founding director of a Yale project that preserved the voices of Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland and many more. It has been called “incomparable.”
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Parents launch legal action to stop Catholic school academy plan

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 20:23

Our Lady of Lourdes set to join multi-academy trust created by the bishop of Brentwood

Parents at a Catholic primary school have launched legal action in an attempt to halt academisation after the local bishop said he wanted all Catholic schools in the diocese to convert and join a multi-academy trust (Mat).

Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) primary in Wanstead, east London, is due to become an academy in September as part of the first wave of Catholic schools in the diocese of Brentwood to academise. A second group are due to follow in September 2020.

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Labour must be bold, and finally abolish private schools | Steven Longden

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 19:23
These schools are core to Britain’s inequality problem. Labour should emulate Finland and integrate them into state education

As a teacher of ethics, philosophy and religion at a Manchester comprehensive school, students often ask me why politicians allow 7% of children in this country to access exclusive schools that enable them to dominate the top professions – schools whose main entrance criteria is the size of parents’ bank accounts. These days, I usually answer, “because the politicians are wrong”.

I sometimes inform my students of the latest Sutton Trust reports which highlight that 65% of senior judges, 49% of armed forces officers, 44% of newspaper columnists and 29% of MPs are all privately educated. Being a good teacher, I integrate maths into my subject and get them to work out the extent to which private school students are disproportionately represented in these professions. You should see the disheartened looks on their faces.

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Cancer storybook Eva Meets Dr Mac aims to explain the disease's language

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 17:42
The story book aimed at helping young cancer patients to understand what's happening to them.
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Sats results show slight rise in pupils meeting targets in England

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 17:18

Standard reached by 65% of 11-year-olds, up 1%, as maths improves but reading declines

National tests for 11-year-olds in England this year have shown a slight improvement in the proportion reaching the government’s expected standards in maths and literacy by the time they finish primary school.

Results for the standard attainment tests, known as Sats, taken at the end of key stage 2 found 65% met the government’s targets, compared with 64% last year and 61% in 2017, although attainment in maths and reading scores moved in opposite directions.

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