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The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:16
The acclaimed photographer and activist is one of many targeted under a draconian law. He should be freed, and the legislation changed

The work of renowned photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Guardian. Now attention is on the 63-year-old himself. Police in Bangladesh have arrested him over “provocative comments” on Facebook; he was seized just after giving an interview about protests that have convulsed the country. As Mr Alam observed, demonstrations initially about road safety were fuelled by anger over issues including corruption and gagging of the media by the ruling Awami League. The resulting crackdown has seen police use teargas and rubber bullets on the streets – and the notorious section 57 of the information and communication technology act against Mr Alam. It has been employed against scores of citizens, and more than 20 journalists recently, for perfectly normal criticism or discussion of leaders. Even the government concedes it should go; unfortunately, the proposed replacement is in some ways worse.

Britain and others should press for proper reform of the law, as well as urging the authorities to release Mr Alam, drop the charges and thoroughly investigate allegations of mistreatment in custody; friends of the photographer said he was unable to walk by himself into court and told them he had been assaulted. Governments and international bodies have a special duty to press this case. Mr Alam’s contribution to photography has been truly global: he founded Drik, Bangladesh’s first picture library and its Majority World agency, promoting photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; has trained hundreds of photographers in South Asia; and indeed is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland. Charging such a high-profile figure is surely intended to have a chilling effect. To defend Mr Alam is to defend the right of journalists, and citizens in general, to speak out in Bangladesh.

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Edinburgh University's spare places will go to people from deprived areas

bbc education - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:30
Edinburgh is keen to meet a Scottish government objective to increase social diversity in the student population.
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Student Loans Company reviews processes after 'spying' scandal

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:55

Company reviews anti-fraud methods that led to vulnerable students losing their funding

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is reviewing its process for detecting fraud after the Guardian revealed that dozens of vulnerable students were losing funding and dropping out of university despite no finding of guilt against them.

The SLC made a random selection of 150 estranged students, part of a group recognised as vulnerable because they have no relationship with their parent and tend to be financially disadvantaged, and asked them to provide evidence that they no longer had contact with their families.

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'Ninety-three of our former pupils died in WW1'

bbc education - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:18
Scottish school pupils join events to mark the WW1 Battle of Amiens.
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Highly rated academy over-aided Sats pupils, inquiry finds

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:11

Harris Academy Philip Lane pupils will not get results for English reading and maths

A primary school praised by ministers as a model academy over-aided pupils in this year’s national tests, a government investigation has concluded.

Year 6 pupils at Harris Academy Philip Lane in Haringey, north London, received too much help in their English reading and maths reasoning Sats, according to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).

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German school sued in photo copyright row

bbc education - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:00
European Court of Justice rules in photographer's favour after pupil uses his photo on school website.
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Knobelei der Woche: Finden Sie die drei Primzahlen?

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:11

Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal sollen Primzahlen eine ganz bestimmte Summe ergeben.

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Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:39

University manipulated test scores for more than a decade to ensure more men became doctors

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it altered entrance exam scores for more than a decade to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors.

Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting in 2006 or even earlier, according to findings released by lawyers involved in the investigation, confirming recent reports in Japanese media.

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Scottish ministers under fire as exam results decline again

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 16:26

Pass rates for Highers fall for third year running as Nationals drop two percentage points

Scottish ministers have been accused of complacency after the latest school exam results showed a continuing decline in grades.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) disclosed on Tuesday that A-to-C pass rates for Highers, the main qualification for university entry, had fallen for the third year running, dropping by 0.2% year on year.

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James star Tim Booth tears up about missing young son on tour

bbc education - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 14:30
Tim Booth says the band's new song is about "being in denial" over how much he missed his son.
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Universities staff put trips to Vegas and strip club 'on expenses'

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 13:24

Employees at 54 institutions spent £204m on corporate credit cards, FoI data shows

University staff used expense accounts for luxuries including gambling trips to Las Vegas and late-night entertainment in a strip club, according to details uncovered by a freedom of information request.

Over the past two years, employees at 54 universities spent £204m on corporate credit cards to buy everything from Premier League tickets to days out at the races. Durham University spent £17m, including £2,614 at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, while Northumbria University spent £2,184 on a “corporate event” at the lapdancing club chain Spearmint Rhino.

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Why you should give your children the gift of boredom this summer | Gillian Harvey

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 11:00

Left to their own devices, children grow in resilience and gain skills – including learning how to entertain themselves

Remember the summer holidays when you were at school? How you and your friends had the opportunity to learn a new sport, brush up on your maths for September or take advantage of a plethora of educational and recreational opportunities? How your parents would spend hours planning your break in order for you to get the most out of your teacher-free time?

No? Me neither. In fact, like many of my generation, I spent most of the long break wondering what on earth to do with myself. Other than 10 days in misty Cornwall, much of my summer was spent with my mum and siblings at home in Bedfordshire, complaining of boredom, getting into petty squabbles and feeling that I must be missing out on something more exciting.

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What video games in schools can teach us about learning

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 10:00

Southgate primary in West Sussex is one of many British schools bringing games into the classroom, with staff seeing benefits for parents as well as students

At the end of the summer term at Southgate primary school in Crawley, West Sussex, a class of 10-year-olds are folding together cardboard models of remote-controlled cars and decorating them with pipe cleaners, pens, googly eyes and tape, with the aim of using them to transport a biscuit across a table and into the open mouths of their teachers.

The kids are playing with Nintendo Labo, an ingenious game that comes with a box of fold-up cardboard models that turn from inert facsimiles into working toys, with the addition of a Nintendo Switch console. Snap two controllers on to a cardboard car and it judders across the table. A cardboard piano becomes a working keyboard with a screen. A cardboard fishing rod can be used to play a fishing game, attached by string to a base housing the console. They are fun to play with, but they also teach engineering principles – the software includes a child-friendly but comprehensive breakdown of how the console uses features such as vibration, infrared cameras and gyroscopes to make the models work.

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The Islamic school that ensures its boys understand the Israeli point of view

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 09:59
The private Abrar Academy is pioneering a groundbreaking method of teaching the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict

More than 550,000 students took GCSE history this summer, says Michael Davies, a history teacher at Lancaster Royal Grammar, a selective state boys’ school in Lancashire. “Of those, only 2,200 had studied Israel and Palestine. In comparison, 70,000 had studied the history of the American West.”

At Abrar Academy, a private Muslim boys’ school based in a former Methodist church in Preston, this year’s GCSE cohort did not take the Israel/Palestine option. Like so many schools of all dominations, they studied the first world war instead.

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Let’s not pile even more pressure on teens over their A-level results | Nick Hillman

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 09:45
A surge in unconditional university offers has caused an uproar, but making young people apply after they have their grades is not the answer

Tis the season of university admissions, as thousands of people are about to get their exam results and a greater proportion of school leavers are on their way to higher education than ever before.

The fight by universities to recruit has become more intense. In part, this arises because there are fewer school leavers. People turning 18 this year were born around the millennium, when there were 100,000 fewer babies in England and Wales than in 1990. At the same time, universities in England are free to recruit as many students as they like. In the old days, when universities A and B filled up their places, people enrolled at C or D instead. Now, the most popular universities can expand, leaving others more vulnerable. One result of this frothy market has been an explosion in unconditional offers, where a university wants a student so much it doesn’t mind what A-level results they achieve.

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Sex and special needs: Why new schools guidance must embrace pupils with learning difficulties

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 09:30
Many schools are denying sex education to vulnerable young people who need it most

There’s a coffee-morning atmosphere in the classroom at Oak Field School, Nottingham, as teacher Tom Hall sits with six teenage boys, offering stories, encouragement and light relief. This is a sex education lesson. Laminated “OK/Not OK” cards are scattered around the table which, along with illustrations of sexual anatomy, show actions such as “touch,” “cuddle,” “masturbation”. The boys do not smirk or titter, but point and sign: it is OK to cuddle your sister; it is not OK to kiss your friends.

“Is it OK at your age to have a boyfriend or girlfriend?” Hall asks. James, 16, says yes, with vigour, but something is playing on his mind: “Can you get married twice?” he asks. “You mean at the same time?” James nods. “No,” Hall smiles, “That might be a risky business.” It’s a lesson in love learned sooner rather than later.

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Scottish pupils await exam results

bbc education - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 02:53
Thousands of students are due to discover how well they performed in their National 4 and 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams.
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'I can say I have two mums and be accepted'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 02:12
Organisers of L Fest say the event enables children with two mums mix with similar families.
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UK schools and tech industry urged to foster education revolution

the guardian - Τρίτη, 07/08/2018 - 02:01

Education secretary wants UK and Silicon Valley firms to help put tech at heart of classrooms

Tech companies in the UK and abroad, including Apple and Microsoft, have been urged to help foster an education revolution by putting technology at the heart of the classroom.

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said only a minority of schools and colleges were taking advantage of opportunities to bring education to life by, for instance, enabling children to take virtual trips through the Amazon or to control robots.

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Rachel Panckhurst : « Le téléphone portable a toute sa place en classe »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 18:00
Vivre déconnecté (3/6). Enseignante-chercheuse en linguistique informatique, Rachel Panckhurst s’oppose à la décision ministérielle d’interdiction du téléphone portable dans les écoles et collèges français en montrant qu’il peut être utilisé à de multiples fins pédagogiques.
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